The Cloudcast #327 - 2017 in Review & 2018 Predictions Dec. 27, 2017

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Aaron and Brian have many, many, many thoughts on the tech that shaped 2017, and make some predictions about 2018 and beyond. Show Links: * Previous Year Predictions: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, * 15 Trends Shaping Tech in 2018 * [PODCAST] @PodCTL - Containers | Kubernetes - RSS Feed, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn and all your favorite podcast players * [A CLOUD GURU] [Get The Cloudcast Alexa Skill](https://acloud.guru/cloudcast) * [A CLOUD GURU] [DISCOUNT: Serverless for Beginners (only $15 instead of $29)](https://acloud.guru/join/ACGTheCloudcast) * [A CLOUD GURU] [FREE: Alexa Development for Absolute Beginners](https://acloud.guru/learn/intro-alexa?promoCode=c10udcast-10v3s-a13xa) Show Notes Mergers and Acquisitions * Biggest Tech …



Aaron and Brian have many, many, many thoughts on the tech that shaped 2017, and make some predictions about 2018 and beyond.

Show Links:

  • Previous Year Predictions: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014,
  • 15 Trends Shaping Tech in 2018
  • [PODCAST] @PodCTL - Containers | Kubernetes - RSS Feed, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn and all your favorite podcast players
  • [A CLOUD GURU] [Get The Cloudcast Alexa Skill](https://acloud.guru/cloudcast)
  • [A CLOUD GURU] [DISCOUNT: Serverless for Beginners (only $15 instead of $29)](https://acloud.guru/join/ACGTheCloudcast)
  • [A CLOUD GURU] [FREE: Alexa Development for Absolute Beginners](https://acloud.guru/learn/intro-alexa?promoCode=c10udcast-10v3s-a13xa)

Show Notes

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Biggest Tech M&A; of 2017 and VC Funding is down
  • Big Mergers: Amazon+Whole Foods; CVS+Aetna; Intel+Mobileye; AT&T;+Time Warner; Disney+21st Century Fox

2017 Trends

  • Storage companies are becoming HCI companies (thoughts on owning a server supply chain vs. software defined vs. commodity hardware)
  • Containers are becoming more mainstream - but so many misleading “surveys”
  • Nobody has a clear advantage in “hybrid cloud” architectures
  • Public cloud is a portfolio game and data acquisition game, not a cost reduction game
  • Building new applications is still a small % of corporate applications
  • There’s such a big gap between cloud releases and non-cloud releases (timeframes, updates, informing the market, etc.)

2018 Cloudcast Areas of Interest

  • What happened to DevOps? Is it now in Phase 2 as “SRE”, or is it unobtainable?
  • What’s happening in China? How will it impact the rest of the Global markets?
  • Will AI & ML become tangible to non-Data Scientists? What’s the Fantasy Football of AI & ML, for business?
  • Where and how will voice technologies (Alexa, Google Home, etc.) fit in long term?
  • How will we track the Public Cloud tipping point?
  • What is Serverless most disruptive to, or is it additive to app-dev market size?
  • Should we track “Serverless” by the ServerlessConf or AWS events?
  • Should we be following “edge computing”? What are the core focus areas?

2018 Predictions

  • Continued decline of the middleman in all industries
  • Awareness of Cloud Computing “costs” becomes more mainstream
  • Does Security even matter anymore? What bigger events can happen?

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