2013 Cloud Computing Trends
The perception of cloud computing by business IT has shifted over the last five years from precocious child to temperamental adolescent, and is now starting to solidify as a view of a capable young adult. As a result, several new cloud trends have emerged for 2013 – among the top four: subscriptions, disaster recovery, big data and the public cloud.
A Changing Model
Cloud subscriptions are changing in 2013, from models that force business into using narrowly defined services to “pay as you grow.” This comes as enterprise-level companies that have successfully deployed adolescent clouds start talking about their experiences – good and bad – and what it takes for providers to keep their business in the long term. Expect to see subscription models that focus on 24/7 testing, modification and adaptation environments, and include broader use of computing power as needed instead of as specified.
Recovering from Disaster
After the hard lessons learned thanks to hurricane Sandy and other recent weather events, expect disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) to make inroads among small and midsize businesses especially. With a one in five chance every year for businesses to lose data due to natural disasters or malicious attacks, the need for cloud-based recovery services are on the rise. As result, both established providers and startups are starting to offer some form of DRaaS; many include the ability to access (near) real-time replicas of company systems in the event of an onsite server failure or loss.
Decoding Big Data
Big data – any and all data a company generates on a daily basis – is also an emerging cloud trend in 2013. Expect this trend to emphasize the need for decoding and deduplication big data: making sure it’s mined for actionable insights and that duplicate data isn’t stored on a cloud, helping to limit “cloud sprawl.” Some industry experts draw analogies between oil as a natural resource and big data as virtual one: how it is processed by applications and services ultimately dictates performance.
Moving to the Public Cloud
Although public cloud adoption sits at only 14% among business users, this number is up a significant amount – 9% – from recent years. In large part, this is because IT pros and chief information officers (CIOs) are beginning to tap into the agility and flexibility offered by a maturing public cloud, and are better able to segregate their own data into local-only and public-possible categories. This, coupled with an industry push to move away from capital expenditures (capex) to operating expenditures (opex), points to a solid 2013 for the public cloud.
Cloud subscriptions, disaster recovery as a service, decoding big data and moving to the public cloud are set to trend in 2013 as the market matures and technology professionals become savvier when making choices in the cloud.
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