Autotask Week in IT: How the Cloud is Changing the IT Business in 2016

January 22, 2016  

CIO: 5 cloud computing predictions for 2016
By Bernard Golden

The salty tang in the air is the fragrance of a sea change in IT – a tidal shift that will change the role of IT and IT participants over the next five years. I believe that 2016 will go down as the year in which the future of IT appears out of a murky, dank, blinding fog into the clear sunshine of the shape of things to come. And it’s safe to say that no traditional IT practitioners – vendor and enterprise IT organization alike – will emerge unscathed from this transition.

MSPmentor: Workspace-as-a-Service: 7 Trends for MSPs to Watch
By Dan Kobialka

What does the future hold for workspace-as-a-service (WaaS)? Here are seven WaaS trends that every managed service provider needs to watch. 1. Ongoing Push for Cloud Computing: Cloud adoption is becoming increasingly important for businesses of all sizes. In fact, market research firm Synergy Research Group pointed out cloud operator and vendor revenues reached $110 billion during the four quarters between Q4 2014 and Q3 2015.

InformationWeek: 8 Ways Cloud Storage Delivers Business Value
By Andrew Froehlich

As 2016 budgets remain fairly flat for most enterprise IT departments, CIOs are seeking ways to get the biggest bang for their buck. Cloud computing is on their radar. It was once considered mainly as a way to save money on storage and other IT services compared with in-house technology. While saving money is still a big factor, there are several ways the cloud offers increased business value that in-house solutions can't match. Cloud storage is one of the hottest cloud computing services offered today.

TechTarget: Achieving a secure data center in the Internet of Things era
By Keith Townsend

No doubt about it: The Internet of Things (IoT) will impact your strategy for a secure data center. Even if your organization isn’t collecting consumer-facing IoT data, there’s a significant chance IoT devices will be connecting to your enterprise data center. Security card readers, forklifts, environment sensors and handheld inventory devices are just a few examples of the gadgets and machines that are -- or will be -- sending information back to the data center. Let’s take a look at some of the security concerns IoT brings with it.

Channelnomics: Managed services demand taking off in hybrid cloud world
By Scharon Harding

Hybrid cloud is mainstream and managed services are on the way to the spotlight as well, according to F5's The State of Application Delivery in 2016 report released Thursday. In North America alone the cloud trend is apparent, with 29 percent of respondents saying they have a "cloud first" strategy, compared to last year's 20 percent. A large majority (81 percent) of participants said they are planning to operate in a hybrid environment, with 20 percent of participants planning to move more than half of their applications to the cloud.

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