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10 Cloud Predictions For 2016

The rapid pace of technological innovation and vendor maneuvering doesn't leave many openings for safe predictions about the cloud. Projecting trends will get you only so far in this industry.

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What's In Store For Cloud In 2016

There's a distinction between going out on a limb to make a bold prediction and carefully projecting a trend into the future. Most prognosticators do the latter while presenting their conclusions as the former.

But when assessing the cloud, there's no such thing as safe prophecy.

Over the past few years, industry growth has been defined less by a steady evolution of technology and more by continual upheaval.

The brakes are off as the IT delivery paradigm rapidly morphs, driven not only by vendor whims, but also -- and to an unprecedented extent -- by shifting demands from line-of-business leaders and actual end users.

Industry experts helped CRN make a few calls on what major transformations might be in store for cloud in the coming year. Some of these indeed are simply projections of current trends -- but we've thrown in a few of those bold predictions just to keep things interesting.

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