Another spectacular year for the cloud computing industry comes to an end, and it is no surprise that stakeholders on both sides of the fence, from CIOs, IT Executives and Analysts to Cloud Network & Security Experts, are already talking on a wide range of topics on this hottest technology trend. The skeptics, while still blaming the Mayans, are chipping in their two cents as well.
While we’re eager to see how cloud grows by leaps and bounds in different verticals, here’s what industry analysts have predicted for 2013:
1) Enterprise mobility, BOYD boost Mobile cloud computing - Today’s data driven projects are increasingly reliant on mobile access to back-end applications. Although a relatively recent development in the cloud cosmos, the global mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) market had an estimated value of $216.5 million in 2012, which is expected to be worth 7.7 Billion by 2017. Almost every well-known application has a mobile client, and there’s a lot of potential for growth. Burgeoning companies such as Kii Corp. are paving the path for developers of follow suit.
2) More Private Hosted Clouds – Neither on-premise, nor public. According to IDC’s Chris Morris, “CIOs and IT managers who have been slow to adopt cloud services will be dragged into a hybrid cloud environment — ready or not — by their line-of-business managers who just want access to a business process, which is new, better, or is cheaper than what they already have.”
3) Growth in the Healthcare IT vertical – With the rapid adoption of Electronic Health Record (EMR) systems in the US, the research firm Markets&Markets predicts cloud computing usage to jump from 4 percent in 2011 to 20.5 percent per year. Some systems such as Practice Fusion are already ahead of the curve, by deploying and offering their services on a successful software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. Although a few incidents regarding patient privacy, such as the one involving Nadya “Octomom” Suleman, have raised doubts over security concerns, but overall things looks pretty bright for the healthcare/medical industry to embrace the new technologies, such as cloud storage and EDI.
“By 2016, more than 50% of enterprises will have more than half of all their IT assets located in third-party datacenters – IDC”
4) Shortage of Cloud talent- One of the key issues the industry will face is shortage of cloud ready employees, which can literally make it a breaking point when opting for an enterprise level adoption. “The unavailability of appropriate IT talent is being exacerbated by an expansion of technology procurement from IT to business units and consumers, with different skills foci required at each functional level.” warns the International Data Corporation (IDC). “The IT team is no longer just a team of system administrators, DBAs, network managers and application developers but must also include service delivery managers, contract managers, relationship managers and business analysts.”
5) The rise of personal clouds will usurp PCs- According to Gartner, personal clouds will eventually replace PCs as they are today. “The personal cloud will entail the unique collection of services, Web destinations and connectivity that will become the home of computing and communication activities.” They are affirmative that “no one platform, form factor, technology or vendor will dominate. The personal cloud shifts the focus from the client device to cloud-based services delivered across devices.”
The cloud computing industry in the Asia/Pacific region (except Japan) will grow at 7.6% in 2013 – IDC
6) Stop calling it cloud, for cloud’s sake – Cloud this, and some of cloud that too. The term itself has been slapped around irrelevantly to an extent that its beginning to annoy a lot of people, especially ones who are part of the industry. Sam Johnston, who oversees Cloud & IT Services at the colocation giant, Equinix , concurs and said “anyone with ‘cloud’ in their company and/or product names will scramble to rebrand… how many companies do you see with generic terms like ‘internet’ or ‘client/server’ in their names today?” David Linthicum of InfoWorld adds “By calling everything “cloud,” the vendors look silly — and they sow confusion.”
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