While cloud computing continues to gain in popularity in a variety of applications, some strong trends are taking ground on a large scale. Here are five major trends you should keep on your radar.
Cloud computing just makes sense when it comes to big data analytics. Whether it is analyzing transactions to prevent fraud or reviewing log files, the arduous demands big data puts on a network infrastructure creates a perfect fit for cloud computing. This is attributed to the versatility of space availability and overall agility of a cloud infrastructure. Businesses struggle with both the huge amount and varieties of data that must be on-hand for big data analytics. Simultaneously, IT teams work hard to keep up with the speed demands big data places on their infrastructure. Recent advances in bandwidth, memory, and processing power have developed real-time processing and impressive analysis abilities so no matter what a business requires, cloud computing is the answer.
Many are calling 2014 “the year of the hybrid cloud.” According to Gartner Research, this mix of private cloud combined with external public cloud services will be a necessity for businesses. The role of IT when it comes to the hybrid cloud will also continue to evolve to one of a partner with their cloud provider. This means new-found efficiencies for IT so they can work with the cloud provider to effectively manage access and security while making sure data readily available to the business.
Enterprise-level developers will really take to the adoption of PaaS (Platform as a Service) in 2014. With PaaS, a business can create its own unique applications for daily use. This service provides developers with APIs to create applications for a specific environment. A developer can create any application they would like; however, the app is specified to the platform utilized during the development process. Until this point, commercial software developers have mainly been the proponents of PaaS. However, as more and more enterprises create their own web and mobile apps, those developers will really see the benefits of PaaS. Most PaaS providers support a variety of tools and languages and make them available to developers, so developers moving to PaaS will not feel any constraints.
In recent years, IT and business in general have been focused on ways to cut costs. However, as the economy begins to slowly turn a corner, the private sector will look less at cost-cutting and more towards being innovating. Businesses that have already moved to cloud architecture as a way to save money will begin to see the real possibilities it offers. Businesses that have not yet made the move to cloud computing, but have been considering it, will finally make the move much to the delight of IT. The utilization of cloud computing allows IT to work proactively instead of reactively, ultimately allowing for a more agile approach to business. This change in approach can now allow IT to be innovative and think on a more enterprise level instead of being stuck in the day-to-day quicksand that is often plagues IT teams.
Another prediction by Gartner Research is the increased use of the private cloud. Individuals will still use a variety of different mobile devices and computers, however, the specifics of each device will become less important. That’s where the personal cloud comes in, according to Gartner. The personal cloud will provide a more secure and much better managed data location than ever before.
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