2020 in Review, 2021 Predictions
Aaron and Brian discuss the biggest trends from 2020, and make bold cloud computing predictions in 2021
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FORMAT CHANGES in 2021
- “Look Ahead in 2021” shows in January
- Still doing the normal, weekly technical shows, starting in February
- Will be doing a shorter (15mins) technical show on Sundays, preview the Wed show
- Will be launching the Cloudcast Basics podcast series in 2021 (@cloudcastbasics).
TRENDS and MAJOR STORIES from 2020:
- COVID sent everybody home. 2020 was the year of VDI and Desktop-as-a-Service.
- Conferences went all virtual. Did anybody miss them? Did anybody do them well?
- More companies adopted the public cloud, since they couldn’t get into their data centers.
- But we also found out the public cloud isn’t infinite resources (e.g. Azure had to prioritize existing customers, healthcare customers). Long-term investments matter.
- Did you have a favorite video conference service in 2020?
- AWS: $46B, Azure: $30B-ish , GCP: $12-13B, Alibaba: $6-8B - Azure still doesn’t break out their revenues.
- OSS-companies are growing their Cloud/Managed business (MongoDB, Confluent, RedisLabs, Red Hat, etc. - as well as others like VMware, Nutanix)
- More companies are going cloud-only in their offerings (Snowflake, Tecton, Observ, etc.). Atlassian is moving away from the on-prem offerings (over next couple years)
- ARM chips made their name in mobile phones, and now they are poised to take over desktops and public cloud (cheaper, faster) - NVIDIA bought ARM
- AWS had an outage just before Thanksgiving - nobody is actually sure how AWS works behind the scenes.
- Hybrid Cloud is now officially a thing - AWS, Azure and GCP all have offerings, as well as every traditional vendor.
2021 PREDICTIONS: Our 2020 Predictions from last year
- GitLab gets gobbled up
- Event Driven Architecture (FaaS/Serverless) hits early majority status
- (agreeing with Brian) 2021 will be the