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This blog outlines the Emergence, Convergence and Divergence of some more key areas in Cloud Computing. This blog is a continuation to State of the Cloud 2017 Part-I and Part-II. Thanks for following this series, continued feedback and support. This is the last part of the State of the Cloud 2017 Series. As we all know, Cloud Computing is expanding in multiple areas and this series of blogs is to provide bird’s eye view of various areas and its current state for the year 2017. The stake holders of these multiple areas in Cloud Computing can be broadly classified as Cloud Service providers, Cloud Platform/Tools Providers (ISV), SIs/MSP and Cloud Consumers. The Consumption can be further classified as Enterprises/SMBs/ISVs. The various key areas and stakeholders in Cloud Computing are depicted in the diagram below.


Enterprise File Sharing Platform

As per Marketandmarkets report, the Enterprise File Sharing and Synchronization market size is expected to grow from USD 1.11 Billion in 2015 to USD 3.51 Billion by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 25.7%. Composed EFSS trend, demand for cloud-based integration, and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) adoption have enabled wider adoption of EFSS solutions among many industries. Companies are increasingly adopting EFSS solutions to effectively share and manage the voluminous data being generated in their business processes on a daily basis and to improve the data security.

There are quite a number of players offering Enterprise File Sharing platform. Some of the leading players in this segments are Sharefile, Box, ownCloud, Egnyte, Sparkleshare, Seafile, Pydio, Syncplicityand WatchDox. ownCloud, Seafile and Pydio are Open source platforms. Some of the acquisition happened in this includes Syncplicity acquired by Axway, WatchDox acquired by Blackberry and Sharefile acquired by Citrix

Cloud Storage as a Service Providers

The storage needs are increasing for the enterprises like never before due to the increased need for real-time applications, Analytics, AI, Machine learning, Containers etc. IDC expects cloud IT infrastructure spending, which includes cloud data storage, to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.1% between 2014 and 2019, reaching $53.1 billion by the latter year.

As per Techtarget, The enterprise storage market is heading for more disruption in 2017. Enterprise Storage Market has multiple sub segments like SDS, Hyperconverged, Storage Virtualization, Storage Controllers etc. Our focus in this blog is limited to Cloud Storage as a Service Providers who’s Storage can be consumed through Cloud such as AWS, Azure and Openstack.

Though the storage is available as part of the offering from Cloud Service Providers, there are few enterprise-class, full-featured cloud storage service providers for specialized needs such as secure data in public or hybrid clouds, High performance etc. There are not many players in this segment. The leading Cloud Storage as a Service providers for enterprise are Zadara Storage, NetApp, Nimble Storage, and SoftNAS.

Cloud Block Storage Platform

There is rapid growth anticipated in adoption of Virtual Private Cloud by enterprises for different tiers. As per reports, this market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 26.35% during 2016-2022 globally. This includes the Block Storage Platform as it is important to have Block Storage platforms as part of Virtual Private Cloud. The leading Open source Block Storage platforms are Openstack Cinder and Ceph Block Storage. Openstack Cloud platform supports both Cinder and Ceph for block Storage. On the Container Side, Flocker is a leading open-source container data volume orchestrator for Dockerized applications.

Cloud Orchestration

In Cloud Computing, we see products and tools in Cloud Management, Cloud Governance, Cloud Brokerage, Cloud Marketplace, Cloud Service Delivery, Cloud Application Management, Cloud Orchestration, Cloud Automation etc. Though all may sound the same, there is a difference in the fundamentals and features if we look at these products closely. What we increasingly see is that, the product started in one area among the list try to satisfy the needs of other areas as well. Some of the Cloud Management products started covering Cloud Governance, Automation and Orchestration. Cloudify,Terraform and Ansibleare some of the leading pure play Open Source Cloud Orchestration platforms. The platform or service providers have their own Orchestration mechanism such as
AWS CloudFormation,Azure ARM,Openstack Heat, Google Cloud Deployment Manager. Corestack, Converged Orchestration engine by Cloudenablers Inc supports all these Platform specific Templates along with chaining capability to support Multi Cloud Orchestration.

The cloud orchestration market to grow from USD 4.95 Billion in 2016 to USD 14.17 Billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 23.4% from 2016 to 2021. The rapid growth in the cloud orchestration market is mainly owing to the increase in the need of resource optimization among Small and Medium Enterprises

Some of the notable acquisition happen in this area includes Ansible acquired by Redhat, Calm.io acquired by Nutanix, Cliqr acquired by Cisco, Appformix acquired by Juniper and Stackstorm acquired by Brocade

Cloud Service Delivery Platform

Cloud Service Delivery Platform enables hosting service providers to offer unified Cloud Service delivery for their Cloud business. There are many self-service portal in the market which provide the capability to provision and manage a platform but very few that provide a packaged solution that takes care of not just managing but also giving the power to run the cloud services business for Cloud Service providers. Cloud Portal Business Manager (CPBM) and Atomia are some of the leading products in this space. Citrix Cloud portal manager was acquired by Acclerite in 2016. Atomia partnered with Canonical. NewScalehad similar capability which was acquired by Cisco in 2011 and they announced end of sale for their 4.3 version in 2016.

CPBM supports Citrix Cloud platform natively and later started supporting Openstack. Atomia supports Openstack Cloud.

CPBM and Atomia are having handful of customers but the large Cloud service providers prefer to build their own Service delivery platform so there is no great traction for accelerated growth in this space.

Cloud Consumers

I have had opportunity to talk to number of customers who have adopted cloud or adopting cloud. Here is the summary of overall perception of the Cloud consumers (that I have interacted).

Cloud Service providers and platforms have really matured in the last few years. Cloud Ecosystem and value added services are maturing to meet the demands of the consumers. The on demand nature suits the start-up, ISV and SMB segments very well.

The concerns of security in the cloud is slowly fading in the minds of the Consumers as they now understand that the Cloud is no way less secure than on premise or hosted if both are exposed to internet. In fact the security services in the Cloud are on demand and there is no Capex involved, which provides them the ability to use the right kind of security tools for their needs.

Cloud is providing the agility the business needs, but the cloud service providers are not providing the ability to move the workload across providers. Customers are forced to work their own way to manage the vendor lock-in and workload movement across clouds.

While the consumers agree that the Cloud is the way to go, the roadmap on Private Cloud Vs Public Cloud Vs Hybrid Cloud is often taken based on the Cost economics. The cost economics is one of the exercises that is required as part of the Cloud roadmap of every organization. Hybrid Cloud is often selected since the private cloud provides cost advantages though it has some overheads.

Large enterprises adopt more than one cloud to make the best use of a variety of cloud services along with a private cloud. SMBs prefer to go with one CSP but they still prefer to maintain a private cloud. Start-ups prefer to operate with one Public Cloud. Though the Cloud provides Self Service capability, Consumers require Cloud Solution provider or System Integrators who help them with Consulting, Migration, Management and Automation of their workloads across Multiple Cloud environments.

Cloud with “As a Service” model is growing exponentially and there are various categories which keep coming up. The motivation for coming up with this blog is to provide a comprehensive list of various areas in Cloud Computing which forms the foundation for the growing Cloud Ecosystem. Thanks for reading through the State of the Cloud 2017, your feedback and suggestion are most welcome at sabapathy@cloudenablers.com.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own and are not representative of my employer nor its sponsors. It does not cover all the areas and do not list all the products in each area. These are represented based on my experience, study and inference from various reports.

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