Another thrilling, tumultuous, unpredictable year in the cloud
The cloud market continued evolving at breakneck pace in 2016 with dramatic changes in both the technology and vendor landscape.
A technology that once been relegated to the realm of science fiction – artificial intelligence – found mainstream appeal.
Acquisitions, meanwhile, fueled more consolidation, with several cloud powerhouses gaining valuable assets to beef up their offerings. At the same time, hyper-scale public cloud providers capitalised off massive market growth, further separating themselves from a narrowing field. Some industry pioneers and enterprise tech stalwarts were muscled out of the market and had to go looking for safe harbors.
Amid all the acquisitions, high-profile failures, and new entrants, Google for the first time made its presence felt as an enterprise public cloud channel force to be reckoned with. Ultimately, 2016 will be remembered as the year that Google got enterprise cloud game.