Sep 25, 2014

What recent developments are likely to significantly impact cloud computing in the near future?

It seems that we’ve reached something of a plateau with the cloud at the moment. There was a regular flurry of new acronyms for different cloud services for a couple of years, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc. The pace of new cloud offerings and developments seems to have slowed, but perhaps that’s just because I’m not looking at the right things. What new developments are likely to have an impact on cloud computing in the next year or so?

Cloud Computing Trends: 2014 State of the Cloud Survey

"In February 2014, RightScale conducted its third annual State of the Cloud Survey, asking 1,068 technical professionals across a broad cross-section of organizations about their adoption of cloud computing. Twenty-four percent of respondents came from larger enterprises, representing organizations with more than 1,000 employees. This year’s survey on cloud computing trends found that public cloud adoption is nearing 90 percent on the journey to hybrid cloud as enterprises seek to expand their portfolio of cloud services."

Two somewhat opposed influences that come to mind are rising security concerns after recent high profile breaches and increased acceptance by a wide segment of society. The first has been an issue since the advent of cloud computing, and security will continue to be a concern for the foreseeable future, which is probably a good thing. The second influence is very ground up - people have largely become accustomed to having their information and data stored in the cloud. Everything from having photo automatically backed up to cloud game saves are a part of the day to day lives of hundreds of millions of people. The cloud isn’t some scary unknown anymore, it just is. 


On a more journalistic front there was a recent zdnet article talking about the four major security trends impacting the cloud:

Shifting motivations behind hacking

Consumerization of IT  

Evolving architecture technologies

Challenging regulatory environment. 



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