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Cloud Computing Predictions For 2015

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

2014 was a great year for cloud computing but 2015 promises to be even better. Despite the operational challenges and security threats, more and more home users and organizations are discovering the benefits of migrating their data to the cloud. The trend is expected to continue in the foreseeable future and Gartner has even predicted that cloud computing is going to be $250 billion business by the end of 2020.

Cloud Computing Predictions For 2015

1) Better Security – 2014 saw some of the worst cyber-attacks in the recent memory and they have also raised serious questions about the security of the data residing in the cloud. Since big as well as small business players are entrusting cloud services with their valuable data, cloud service providers need to shore up their defenses and come up with security measures that guarantee impregnable level of security to the customers. Cloud security is likely to remain a buzzing topic throughout the year and service providers are likely to devote extra resources for finding better security solutions for their customers.

2) Hybrid clouds – Hybrid clouds, which allow enterprises to opt for a mix of onshore and offshore clouds, are likely to see increased demand in the near future. While offshore cloud services provide a maintenance free access to business data and processes, more and more enterprises are opting for hybrid clouds to deal with situations such as outages, downtimes, security issues and cyber threats that could bring down the services of third party cloud services. While moving to hybrid clouds, businesses are likely to retain critical processes and business components in-house while moving secondary processes and data to third party cloud services. Gartner predicts that by 2017, more than half of enterprise cloud data and processes would be hosted on hybrid clouds.

3) Better Standards – Although cloud computing is one of the fastest growing areas in the IT space, there is a serious lack of standards governing its implementation and security. Cloud vendors need to come together and define standards and guidelines for the industry otherwise they risk losing customers. Cloud Security Alliance, an umbrella body promoting the implementation of better security standards, also needs to do its bit and come up with better solutions that would govern the security aspects of the cloud. Unless the service providers comes up with standards that cater to the needs of businesses from different industries, organizations are going to be uneasy about migrating to the cloud.

4) On-Demand clouds – If we analyze recent cloud computing trends, we will discover that customers are increasingly looking for flexible cloud solutions that can be deployed within minutes. Service providers having the ability to provide On-Demand cloud solutions that can cater to their ad-hoc or on-demand needs of their customers are likely to become more popular in the near future.

5) Lower Costs – Cloud computing is likely to become more affordable in the coming year which will make it more appealing to businesses and home users alike. Cloud service providers are also likely to offer more freebies and better features since the competition to gain new customers remains fierce.

February 3, 2015

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