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CloudBerry Lab 2016 Predictions: Major Trends and Events Expected to Shape the Cloud and Backup Industry Next Year
NEWPORT BEACH, CA – Dec. 18, 2015 — /BackupReview.info/ — The year 2016 is nearly upon us, and every IT-department spends the last weeks of December on planning, development and forecasting the maintenance budget. At this stage, it is important to be aware of upcoming changes on the cloud storage market and how they fit existing backup, computing and virtualization needs.
At CloudBerry Lab, we constantly monitor new approaches to cloud storage services and predict market changes to improve our software. Here are the major trends and events we expect to shape the cloud and backup industry next year.
Microsoft Azure Will Get Cold
While it’s still a tough task to beat Amazon Glacier’s $0,007 and Google Nearline’s $0,01 per stored GB, Microsoft still can exceed its competitors by reducing data retrieval time, decreasing retrieval request costs and shorten the early deletion period. Nevertheless, cold storage by Microsoft is on its way and therefore pricing cuts are expected within the cloud storage industry.
Cloud Storage Will Split into Three
The new storage class opens excellent possibilities for configuring object lifecycle policies for enterprise backup needs. For instance, in AWS S3 storage, older backup generations can be superseded by new versions and transferred to the Standard I/A class. When an even newer version appears, this backup archive can be submitted to Amazon Glacier to further decrease storage costs.
We expect other cloud vendors to split their storage services in a similar way, so even non-S3 compatible storage services users could implement full object lifecycle into their backup schedule. Consequently, demand will grow for software that integrates into the new structure and automates intelligent cloud data lifecycle policies and strategies.
Bandwidth Struggles for Data Upload Will End
AWS Import/Export Snowball is a service that ships a hardened device to customers on which they can put more than a petabyte of data and which, in turn, is sent back to Amazon, who then transfers the data to the cloud. Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure won’t allow AWS take the lead for long, so expect other migration services from other vendors to launch in 2016. With the development of fast, cheap and reliable ways to transfer large amounts of data, more and more enterprises are going to migrate to the cloud.
See you in 2016!
The past year (2015 it is) has brought many advances in cloud storage technologies such as new storage classes, new players in the field and significant price reductions. And given how rapidly the cloud storage market is growing and developing, there’s one last prediction we can make that we are 100 percent certain will come true: there will be some big surprises coming in 2016. As such, IT-departments and developer teams should not only take the predictions we’ve made into account while making plans for the coming year, but also be sure to incorporate flexibility in their development strategy so they can roll with the punches as the market inevitably does something that shocks us all.
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