In the last few years, cloud computing has gone from a much-hyped buzzword to a major force in the IT world as more and more companies adopt cloud-based business solutions such as VoIP phone systems. Thinking about switching to the cloud in order to cut costs and increase effective business communication? Here are just some of the brand new trends to look out for in 2013!
Trend #1: New Security Standards and Regulations
Many would-be cloud users cite security concerns as the biggest barrier to adoption. Fears that data could be stolen or destroyed by hackers – or simply lost due to technical issues or the failure of cloud hosting providers – are a major source of worry. Expect to see more and better security innovations going forward, including more shared standards and protocols and greater regulation.
Trend #2: Mobile Optimization
One of the biggest attractions of the cloud is the promise of access to your data and applications from anywhere. Mobile optimization is a natural outgrowth of this feature.
Trend #3: Hybrid Cloud Computing
Combining the benefits of the cloud with the security of local hosting, hybrid cloud computing has piqued the interest of many enterprises. This trend looks set to continue.
Trend #4: More Interaction between Clouds
Trend #5: New Risks
New threats and risks will arise from the changing cloud landscape. One example is the emergence of “collateral hacking” where the hackers must compromise some unrelated individuals to get to their desired target.
Trend #6: Cloud Carriers
As cloud providers become more economically powerful, wireless carriers and telecommunications companies will scramble to supplant or take over cloud providers. Such large companies would be in a good position to provide consolidated “stacks” of cloud services: servers, data storage, applications and more.
Trend #7: Smart Cities
City management will increasingly tap into the power of cloud computing to monitor traffic, energy usage, transportation and other vital elements. The high demands of such complex information systems will be hard to serve through conventional computing; switching to cloud-based services will save cities money. Using cloud-based solutions can also obviate the need for expensive citywide computer system updates.
The up and coming trends for the cloud will include…
- More consolidation
- New risks
- Greater security efforts