The past few years have been big for cloud computing. What skeptics have initially seen as mere ‘hype’ has, after all, gone into mainstream consciousness. Even enterprises that have been slow to cloud adoption are taking into consideration which aspects of the cloud they can benefit from.
That said, it remains to be seen just how cloud computing will make its mark in the IT industry in the next few months. But there are already more than a few predictions given out there. Here are the top potential trends that analysts say will define the development of cloud computing in 2013.
Hybrid clouds are on the rise. While SMBs have been reaping the benefits of cloud computing, larger corporations have had to evaluate a cloud strategy alongside very important issues such as security, compliance, possible outages, and retention of legacy applications, among others. At this point, it’s a given that enterprises will utilize more than just one cloud technology to be used over various deployment environments.
The answer that many of them have come up with? A hybrid cloud, i.e., the use of both public and private clouds. A hybrid approach to cloud lets enterprises leverage on the many advantages that public clouds offer (scalability, cost-effectiveness, business continuity, etc.), while allowing them to retain control over mission-critical systems and highly-confidential data.
Public cloud service providers will battle it out in pricing. While this year is shaping up to be a good one for cloud users, the same might not be exactly true for cloud service providers. With more providers getting into the fray, the goal of most of them would be achieving an operation that’s efficiently designed, low-cost, and more importantly, highly utilized. It’s essentially a market share land grabbing exercise for CSPs, which will likely drive down costs, and could make cloud consumers the ultimate winners.
Cloud will continue to boost mobility. With the ubiquity of smart, web-enabled devices and the rise of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy in many workplaces, the cloud will practically become synonymous with mobility. These days, we are hearing more and more of mobile applications that are connected to cloud-based solutions in the back end. And we’re not seeing the end of that anytime soon.