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2015 Reflections and 2016 Predictions

SolarWinds Head Geek Patrick Hubbard, Leon Adato, Thomas LaRock and Kong Yang | Jan. 15, 2016
Experts from SolarWinds highlight the key trends in 2015, and predict the top industry drivers for the next 12 months.

Put simply, a container consists of an entire runtime environment (an application, its dependencies, libraries and other binaries, and configuration files needed to run it) bundled into one package. This move to containerization puts pressure on the ability to understand what tools are available as well as how they can be best implemented.

We predict the future for containerization is in education and better understanding how to best utilize them for their applications and services. Organizations, while able to experience container services as a reaction, need to better understand that there is an event that has been detected as a trigger. While some may be reluctant to adopt containers due to a familiarity with virtualization, containers are much more lightweight, and use far fewer resources than virtual machines. Arguably, containers can be seen as the key to the OpenStack kingdom.

6.  Preview of the end of package applications
Cloud is no longer the next big thing, it's well past the height of its hype-cycle. In 2015, it truly became just another tool in the IT pro toolbox. More importantly, management came to trust it in terms of availability and security, and budget managers discovered the flexibility to scale up or down as required.

In 2016, we'll see more and more businesses looking to bypass the model of apps simply running in the cloud. They're already migrating to fully managed services like Amazon RDS and Azure SQL, and away from private Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL boxes. Next year will bring further experimentation with cloud native database systems, queues, communication brokers, distributed cache, and other foundational cloud technologies. The possibility for paying for only what you eat is too attractive to miss.


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