It is no secret that 2011 was a big year for cloud computing. While it is still thrown around as a buzz word and there is much hype still swirling around, the cloud is here to stay. So, now that we know that it’s the real deal, what can we expect from the future of cloud computing? Read on to find out what the top ten trends are.
1. Large companies will create private cloud networks.
Large companies such as IBM are increasingly seeing the advantages to owning their own cloud networks. The networks are flexible, scalable, and cost effective. And, because they can be secured in the way the company chooses, they are safer.
2. Cloud security will become more trusted and standardized.
One of the main worries about cloud computing today is security. While cloud computing can be safe and secure, figuring out how to implement proper security measures has been hit and miss so far. In the coming years, cloud security will get ironed out and companies will learn to trust it as security methods become standardized throughout the industry.
3. Cloud adoption will continue to trend upward.
As more and more companies at all levels of the market begin to see the benefit of the cloud’s flexibility, cost savings, and scalability, the growing trend of cloud adoption will continue to rise. Some of this demand will be driven by customers who will increasingly expect services that can only be offered effectively through cloud computing.
4. More applications will move into the cloud.
As developers realize the benefits to moving the heavy lifting required by their applications to the cloud, they will move them over to reduce the demand placed on users machines. This will increase the number of systems that are capable of running their applications, and could also lead to increased performance of the application.
5. Compression techniques will be important in lowering storage costs.
As more and more storage moves to the cloud, keeping an eye on price per gigabyte will be important for companies who wish to keep costs down. By implementing new compression techniques, companies will be able to store more data and reduce their storage costs.
6. Analytics will become a big cloud feature.
Analytics are a perfect fit for cloud computing. They require large amounts of processing power, but are only used a few times a year. Having expensive hardware that is idle most of the time is expensive and wasteful. Outsourcing analytics as a cloud service will be a more cost effective way for businesses to get the analysis they need when they need it.
7. Cloud computing will alter and shrink IT departments.
With resources moving to the cloud, companies will have less need for expensive hardware onsite. This will mean that the size of IT departments will shrink. This also means that the skills needed by those in IT departments will shift away from hardware resource management to managing cloud applications.
8. Cloud computing will become more customizable.
While already relatively flexible, cloud computing will become more flexible in the future. This will mean that the uses and needs it can serve will increase, as will the number of businesses that will be able to take advantage of it.
9. Large cloud databases will centralize huge amounts of information.
While this may seem obvious, it is going to be huge. Think of the way that Wikipedia centralized knowledge on the internet. This will be the way that cloud computing will centralize information in the cloud. Large databases of information regarding things like stock market analysis or patient medical information will all be accessible in a single place, creating powerful resources that will vastly improve many industries and markets.
10. Mobile devices will take advantage of offloaded computing.
Cloud computing will allow mobile devices to be smaller and have longer battery lives. This is due to the cloud doing the heavy computing and sending the information to the mobile device over the network. This means that these devices will be able to do more with less processing power, which is a big drain on batteries in current devices.