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2016 observed the game truly set in for the trinity in Cloud computing, namely Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. And deservingly so - as these companies have excelled at consistently repackaging cloud in a way that the cloud market probably never envisioned.

By giving,

  • more geographical choices to enterprises to host their data,
  • customizable virtual machine instance sizes for greater efficiency and
  • accurate ways to analyze data stored in cloud,

the big players have repositioned cloud for the enterprises as better distributed, secure, smart and industry specialized.

The 2.0 Version of Cloud computing is going to draw a lot of attention in the market as enterprises will become more habituated and comfortable with its enhanced capabilities and move their most critical business applications and data toward it.

Let’s look at some cloud trends that will take the market by storm in 2017.

Artificial Intelligence |

Artificial intelligence is going to be the cotton in every stuffed toy by 2020. Its potential is simply beyond grasp in the cloud scenario. And noticeably the major league, all three of them have made bold announcements about AI and Machine learning to be the biggest add-on to watch out for.

Google recently released its open source machine learning platform with TensorFlow. Amazon also launched Amazon AI to bring its machine learning smarts to developers in late 2016.

The day is not very far when coders can easily integrate AI and ML to the application they are building over rapidly evolved cloud platforms.

Best Served Serverless |

Serverless computing sounds like something that will steal jobs from automation in the future! But in actuality, it’s something upon which the Internet of Things, Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence are going to heavily rely.

Building applications that do not require a physical infrastructure or server to run - that can further communicate with IoT devices, upload data, analyze and take actions through AI algorithms - will be the norm in 2017.

Development platforms like AWS Lambda, IBM’s Openwhisk Serverless computing platform are already hot hangouts for IT geeks to test out machine smartness.

We manage your cloud |

Up in the cloud, the big question is this: how do we best optimize it?

How to ensure virtual machines are not left unused while still on, establish security protocols through multi factor authentication, and at the same time automate processes to save man hours. Bring in factors like multiple cloud strategy and hybrid and you see a new opportunity brewing for 2017.

“As enterprises are using different cloud service providers, there is a need for cloud management service that can integrate, manage and monitor the entire enterprise work load as a third party.” says Arya Rajesh Kumar, CEO of Avohi Infotech, a Bangalore-based Information Technology firm.

The game is up for smaller IT and Cloud service companies that see an opportunity in the multiple cloud strategy followed by many big enterprises.

With added expertise these services can also play role of strategist, problem management and cost optimization.

In other words, managing cloud is Service Integration and Management (SIAM), becoming a specialized and evolved function that can be outsourced to specialized Cloud companies on long term contracts with accelerated performance expectations.

Here’s a conclusion,

there are many factors that will play a vital role, like hyperconvergence, upgrades in docker etc. that we’ve intentionally left out here. Essentially, all these will factor in to create more customizable and ready-to-use cloud services for enterprises - empowering them to do slight modifications and instantly deploy. This will definitely cut down the product-to-market time and any overheads that arise from infrastructural requirements.