Halfway through 2015, several developments in cloud tech are signaling a continued and escalating level of industry investment in apps for the cloud, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).
Application container developer Docker has announced their commercial software will now be generally available through subscription. The software allows businesses to create, store, and share applications securely, on premises, or in the cloud. Previously, it was an open-source project designed to facilitate software-sharing, among other functions. Thanks to unprecedented partnership with multiple big names like Amazon, who will also be selling Docker software, the word broad will apply more to the software’s availability than general.
Consider this case a microcosm for the development of cloud technologies as a whole. As Druva’s Jaspreet Singh points out (in an article published in May), “The cloud is no longer an early adopter’s game… Cloud storage has indeed reached its tipping point for mass adoption.” Docker’s announcement and the cooperation of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and IBM as sales partners are part of the push on cloud bucket towards its tipping point.
Wide-spread dissemination of container software allowing easy application-sharing between entities will speed up the development of new mobile and cloud computing applications, and will increase the speed at which companies share these applications. Additionally, Cisco, HP, Intel, Google, and others have announced they’re forming a group to create operational standards for Docker-style containers. You can view that announcement here.
Meanwhile, we have the “bullish” predictions from Bessemer Venture Partners on SaaS cloud solutions hitting an annual growth rate of 17.6% between 2013 and 2018. Again, we have the ‘tipping point’ phrase operating in context with the cloud.
Concurrently with Docker, Arista announced the release of Cloudvision, which automates the creation of cloud systems. This should enable easy hybrid cloud solutions for enterprises. Coupled with Docker’s release, it should see a large-scale trend towards custom apps on custom clouds for any business that can afford the subscriptions. Arista is partnering with Dell, HP, and Palo Alto—among others—for a broad release similar to Docker’s. Cloudvision will allow business to build out cloud infrastructures from the backend with an automated approach.
As 2015 hits the midpoint we’re seeing tech companies cooperate and jump into the cloud , and cloud-based apps, in a big way. These developments will help bring the cloud to a vaster, worldwide user-base. Now that the “tipping point” has come, we can expect more tech startups, innovators and developers to bet on the cloud as a place to store data and content, as well as share applications.
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