Cloud computing is one of the most innovative and fastest-developing IT spheres – and although only recently it was relevant only for larger corporations with enormous resources at their disposal and companies directly involved in cloud technology development, it quickly permeates every aspect of our lives. Cloud hardly could have been ignored in 2014; in 2015 paying attention to it is a must.
So which developments are we going to see soon and what should we look out for?
1. Increase in Personal Clouds
With the development of easily available cloud space the center of one’s everyday digital life will inevitably shift from personal devices and, namely, PCs and mobile devices, to personal clouds. Most people already use services like Dropbox and Google Drive, but in the near future these and their likes are going to become more and more ubiquitous. We already don’t keep our vital information on one device (generally, PC) and copy it to others when we need it; we are looking forward for the world in which every person will be able to access all the information concerning work, entertainment, communication and so on from any device, at any location whenever he likes.
2. The Internet of Things
Only recently concepts like “mobile-connected smart objects” looked like pure science fiction; today, the world in which every electronic and even most non-electronic devices are connected and form an all-pervading environment aimed at making human’s life as comfortable as possible are very easily perceived as a thing of tomorrow (or, possibly, a day after tomorrow). Many technologically oriented blogs recently mentioned Samsung’s intention to become one of the pioneers in this field and create a fully functioning, open source Internet of Things within five years, making first tentative steps in 2015.
3. Wearable Devices
It seems that blessed times when we no longer need wristwatches is coming to an end. Wearable devices, mostly represented by all kinds of smart watches, are going to become a big thing in the years (and probably even months) to come – and in their functioning they rely almost entirely on cloud, serving as a gateway to the digital world that’s always on your person – literally so. Although Google Glass, probably the most anticipated and well-known wearable device, turned out to be somewhat overhyped, it is only natural that a fledgling technology is going to make mistakes at first. Potentially wearables open all sorts of possibilities and unconventional uses for cloud computing.
4. Shift from SaaS to PaaS
Currently the majority of Cloud services are provided according to the model of Software as a Service (SaaS) which, although a significant step forward from traditional models, has a lot of space for improvement. One of the rapidly growing new approaches is PaaS (Platform as a Service), which provides a much greater amount of flexibility and are especially attractive for small businesses that look for spaces to create and test new apps without buying the costly infrastructure.
5. Hybrid Cloud Computing Will Grow in Importance
As cloud technologies are getting more and more important in the work of many different organizations, the need to coordinate different clouds will also become an ever-increasing priority, as it helps to cut costs and increase overall efficiency. In the course of time the situation we see today – multiple clouds with little to no interaction with each other – is going to turn into one giant system consisting of multiple clouds that can be used in coordination and cooperation whenever necessary without impacting each other’s productivity at other times.