5 things 2015 taught us about cloud

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wpid-thumbnail-7a0b0097f0f7fbca7db3c2c4ca129d03.jpegAs we bid farewell to 2015, it seems only fitting that we take a look back at the top trends that shaped cloud computing, mobile and Internet of Things.

During a recent Twitter chat using the #IBMDojo hashtag, we tapped l industry experts to get their opinions on the biggest advancements and stories from the past 12 months. We noticed a few truths started to emerge. Here are some of them:

1. Containers are here to stay.

Our first question sought to get the crowd’s opinion on the year’s biggest story. The consensus? Containers.

While enterprises were beginning to test containers around this time last year, their usage is now ubiquitous across leading organizations and enterprises.

“Containers are everywhere,” said IBM Fellow, VP and CTO, Cloud Foundation Services Jason McGee. “They are dominating the current landscape and are changing the way we think about how apps are deployed.”

BlueBox founder and CTO Jesse Proudman agreed. “It’s surprising to see how fast both containers have entered the stage, and how fast tooling has been created and utilized,” he wrote. “It’s telling about the state of adoption of cloud tech.”

While great strides have been made in container adoption, there’s still room for growth, as Capital One senior product manager Lorinda Brandon pointed out. “I see more large companies, including mine, embracing a container ecosystem—although some will require time to implement … it’s definitely part of the deployment conversation,” Brandon wrote.

(RELATED VIDEO: Jason McGee and Angel Diaz discuss apps, containers and microservices)

2. Next year may (finally) be the year of hybrid cloud.

It seems like every year for the past few years someone has declared it “The Year of Hybrid Cloud.” But are we really there? Has a hybrid approach become the norm? Are we well past “The Year of Hybrid Cloud,” or is it yet to come?

BlueBox tech evangelist Ruben Orduz said he doesn’t think such a year will ever come. “The cloud has grown so much and covered so many use cases, to say any given year was the year of a small segment of it doesn’t have much significance,” he wrote.

Others opined that enough groundwork had been set this year to make hybrid adoption a reality for more enterprises.

Tim Vanderham, IBM’s VP of Cloud Platform Services Development Bluemix, offered some suggestions on what could make that a reality.

“One of the most important aspects of making hybrid real, which we really started to see this year, was the use of API management capabilities to enable new development to interact more easily with backend systems,” Vanderham wrote.

3. Cloud has evolved from a data security concern to a data security solution.

This year, the tech world witnessed some of the most highly publicized data breaches in history, but the cloud is rarely to blame, according to McGee. “Interestingly, most of the high profile security breaches involved internal non-cloud IT problems,” he wrote. “Enterprises are starting look to cloud to help with security given the rigorous processes and standardized environments.”

Brandon agreed. “If anything, more enterprises are talking about security and cloud in the same breath, and looking for solutions,” she wrote.

4. Open source foundations taught us that we can all get along after all.

In the open technology space, 2015 saw the growth and increased adoption of OpenStack and Cloud Foundry. It also saw the formation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and the Open Container Initiative, among others. Most recently, an open source Swift programming language was announced to developers’ delight.

But 2015 was more about bringing these elements together to form a cohesive way forward, according to IBM VP of Cloud Technology and Architecture Angel Diaz. “ 2015: Open Stack, CNCF, OAI, Node, Swift, Cloud Foundry, [and] ODPi are foundation elements of an open cloud architecture. 2016 will bring it all together as a consistent programming and operating model.”

Proudman agreed with that idea.

“2015 was the year of the open source foundation based on the idea that open source without open governance is irrelevant,” he wrote. “That’s changed the landscape in a pretty dramatic way.”

(RELATED VIDEO: Chris Ferris chats about the critical role of open source today)

5. More is expected of developers than ever before—and they’re delivering.

For many organizations, it’s not enough for developers to simply write code for an application (or part of an application) and be done with it. Developers are increasingly being asked to understand the full stack—and at least have a working knowledge of cloud computing.

Part of the reason behind this, as McGee points out, is that applications have replaced the server as the center of IT. “Developers,” he says, “are now responsible for the entire life cycle. That expanded role for developers has only accelerated this year.”

(RELATED VIDEO: Dan Berg discusses the expanding role of the developer)

See the full transcript from the chat below:

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