The Cloudcast #284 - 2016 Review & 2017 Predictions
Published December 28, 2016
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    Aaron and Brian review the state of The Cloudcast, review the biggest stories in 2016, and make predictions about 2017.

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    • Listens up 70% YoY; 50 Shows in 2016

    • 2017 will be the 7th year of the show. 
    • Thank you to 2016 Sponsors: Intel Cloud For All, Service Now
    • [DONATIONS] Krispy Kreme Challenge 2017
    • Most Popular Shows: Serverless, DevOps, Containers, Microservices) - all time shows all in 2016
    • VC Funding + M&A activities: now over $7.6B ($2.65B VC, $4.98B M&A, 25 acquisitions) - last year closed just north of $5B. 
    • The Cloudcast listed on several “watch lists” for Blogs/Podcasts
    • ServerlessCast (@serverlesscast) shows (red logo) in your pod-catcher
    • Weekly | Bi-Weekly “what to watch” shows ~ 10mins - (blue logo) in your pod-catcher
    • The Technical MBA” project

    Looking Back at 2016:
    Tech Acquisitions + M&A + IPO: 

    • Oracle bought NetSuite (SaaS consolidation)
    • Dell finalized acquisition of EMC/VMware/Pivotal (Hardware consolidation)
    • Nutanix IPO (down about 23%)
    Software-Eating the World M&A:
    • Unilever acquires Dollar Shave Club (personality, online only)
    • Walmart acquires Jet (like
    • GE Digital acquires ServiceMax (field services via cloud)
    • Capital One gives away Echo at AWS re:Invent

    Prediction Topic 1 - Technology

    • Enterprises and the Public Cloud - how does this evolve? 

    • Containers (ecosystem) 
    • Serverless 

    • AI, Machine Learning, Data Gravity

    • SDN? Remember that?

    • (Hyper) Converged Infrastructure

    Prediction Topic 2 - The Economy

    • VC funding has been down. Do we see fire-sale acquisitions?

    • Have VC moved out of the segment that we discuss on The Cloudcast? 

    • Will more legacy vendors go private-equity (eg. Cisco, Juniper, NetApp, etc.)?

    • Most have thrown in the towel on visions of public cloud

    • If the economy goes bad, does that help SaaS or IaaS more (capex vs. open)? 

    Prediction Topic 3 - Politics

    • Will Trump pick a fight with Jeff Bezos? 

    • Will regulation impact things like autonomous driverless vehicles?

    • Will there be any efforts to encourage work outside the major tech areas?
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