Revisiting 2016 Tech Predictions

Back in January, we listed 9 tech trends that we were excited about for 2016. We are almost 5 months in. In the spirit of Oprah Winfrey’s “Where are they now?” we’re checking in with our predictions, which were based on industry research. Is hybrid cloud, for example, getting the traction that it deserves?

IT leaders are, in fact, making a rapid shift in the direction of public cloud by adopting hybrid cloud.

Below are some examples of what we are seeing so far:


Google open source hybrid cloud launched a new OpenStack backup driver, the Cinder driver, which allows Google Cloud Platform to be used as a backup target by OpenStack.

“OpenStack Mitaka has just launched and we’re super excited about it,” announced Google on their Cloud Platform blog. “In collaboration with Red Hat and Biarca, we’ve developed an OpenStack Cinder backup driver for Google Cloud Storage, available in the Mitaka release.

Read more on Google’s Cloud Platform Blog.

Hewlett Packard

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has launched ProLiant Easy Connect Managed Hybrid, a new offering designed for small and mid-sized businesses, educational institutions and branch offices.

As part of the offering, customers will receive an on premise server, as well as public cloud computing capabilities through HPE. The proposition is the first from the company’s Easy Connect portfolio, which will eventually be a collection of product offerings with the aim of making cloud adoption easier for smaller organizations.

“Small businesses want to focus on growing their core businesses, not spending their limited resources on deploying and managing IT,” said McLeod Glass, GM for SMB solutions at HPE. “This new solution is part of a broad HPE initiative, inspired by the unique needs of small and mid-sized businesses, to deliver innovative solutions that are easy for our channel partners to sell and easy for our customers to use.”

Learn more about ProLiant Easy Connect here


Microsoft offers a true hybrid cloud solution with three core products: Azure, Windows Server, and Microsoft System Center.

The company has proven itself as an on-premises provider, and its reputation is growing as a public cloud provider as well.

Microsoft’s hybrid cloud vision goes beyond its Azure platform into its hardware and its core enterprise applications. One intriguing example is the 2016 release of SQL Server, which adds a new Stretch option for your databases. Here, instead of adding more local storage for data, you use Azure to host a new database shard that’s populated with your least-used data. Instead of switching completely to cloud, you retain your on-premises database performance while taking advantage of Azure’s low-cost storage option for that 80 percent of your data that doesn’t need instant access.


IBM’s Bluemix hybrid cloud is a valuable option, thanks to its open architecture, focus on developer and operations access, and catalog of tools available through the public cloud. Organizations looking to more effectively leverage data will find Watson and the IoT tools especially helpful.

Using a product called Relay, IBM is able to make private cloud and public cloud look similar, increasing transparency and helping with DevOps efforts. The company’s admin console and syndicated catalog are also helpful in working between public and private clouds.


Fujitsu is another hybrid cloud provider built on another vendor’s offering — in this case Microsoft Azure. Fujitsu Hybrid Cloud Services (FHCS) are a combination of Fujitsu’s Public S5 cloud, running on Azure, and a private cloud, which is powered by Microsoft Hyper-V and can be deployed client side or in a Fujitsu data center.

The offering provides standard tools like workload bursting, as well as the ability to split a workload by geography.


Apple will reportedly spend about $400 million to $600 million to run parts of iCloud on Google Cloud Platform in a move to diversify its cloud services away from Amazon Web Services.


Rackspace is another hybrid cloud vendor that works with a host of other vendors and products. Known for its focus on infrastructure, Rackspace offers dedicated database and application servers, and dedicated firewalls for added security.

Rackspace’s hybrid cloud solution is held together by RackConnect, which essentially links an organization’s public and private clouds. While it does offer VPN bursting and dedicated load balancing, Rackspace’s catalog of additional tools and applications isn’t as comprehensive as some of the competition.

IDC predicts that 80% of all enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017, blending heritage systems with cloud-based environments.

Based on the momentum we are seeing so far, we wouldn’t be surprised if enterprise IT organizations commit to hybrid cloud even sooner.