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​Will 2016 be the year that Cloud devours large legacy vendors?

​Will 2016 be the year that Cloud devours large legacy vendors?

Think Dell, EMC and Symantec…

Joe Tucci - CEO, EMC Corporation and Michael Dell - CEO, Dell shake hands on the deal

Joe Tucci - CEO, EMC Corporation and Michael Dell - CEO, Dell shake hands on the deal

Cloud computing will accelerate at a pace which “devours” large legacy technology vendors in 2016, as industry titans fight to stay relevant in a disruptive world.

That’s the bold view of Ratmir Timashev, CEO, Veeam, who in forecasting a 12-month roadmap for the channel, believes the tipping point has arrived for Cloud, as competition hots up between old and new players.

“We have already seen serious disruption from the cloud in 2015,” Timashev says.

“The Dell-EMC merger and the Symantec split were forced by the rise of the cloud, at least in part. In each case, incumbents are struggling to stay relevant and survive.

“The cloud is going to eat these dinosaurs and make new players shine. Expect even more disruption next year.”

Billed as the sale of the century at the time of announcement, Dell’s proposed $US67 billion acquisition of EMC in October last year will help kickstart another year of IT mergers and acquisitions according to Timashev, who believes 2016 will be the “biggest year ever” for IT acquisitions.

“By the middle of November, 2015 was already the biggest year in history for IT acquisitions at $US571 billion, measured by the total value of the deals,” Timashev adds.

Ratmir Timashev - CEO, Veeam
Ratmir Timashev - CEO, Veeam

“2016 should be even bigger, fuelled by legacy vendors’ fear of being left behind as enterprises move inexorably to the cloud and as pure cloud companies seek to become dominant players in their markets.”

Of the key Cloud players in the market, Timashev believes the big three clouds - consisting of Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft Azure - will focus even more heavily on forming partnerships to drive consumption.

“Microsoft is leading the way here,” Timashev claims, “forming Azure partnerships with ISVs and infrastructure vendors at a rapid pace, including giants like Hewlett Packard Enterprise and other Cloud players like Rackspace.

“Google and Amazon will step up their game in a big way next year to get third-party ISVs offering services on their platforms, driving Cloud adoption to grow at a triple digit pace.”

Timashev the next year will also signal the continued growth of data, set to grow more than 50 per cent in 2016 with the number of workloads on-premise reporting huge growth.

“Workloads in the Cloud will grow at an even faster rate,” Timashev claims.

But in a wide-ranging interview, Timashev believes 2016 will not be the year that containers break out.

“Container companies are still too young to become a serious force, even if the entry of Microsoft into the market speeds up adoption,” he predicts.

“Look to 2017 or 2018 for containers to have a big impact on business IT.”

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