The Future of Cloud Computing

One way or another you are probably using cloud software now but you don't think you are. If you’ve been blogging, using Gmail, online banking, social networking sites, you are using cloud computing. Cloud computing is a real technology revolution that is happening right now, and businesses cannot afford to ignore it. Much like mobile phones, cloud computing is not just a fad. The cloud is revolutionizing computing as businesses and organizations shift from client-server model to cloud computing. In the next years, technology experts and users expect to ‘live mostly in the cloud’ as they work through cyberspace-based applications accessed from networked devices.

While experts continue to wonder if cloud computing has a future, or if cloud computing is just a limited rage, one thing is certain, cloud computing is here to stay. Here are some reasons why cloud computing is what most enterprises are talking about today:

  • Large organizations will host important applications with cloud providers.
  • New classes of applications and services will be made possible to run optimally in the cloud.
  • As large vendors realize the need to stake their claims, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) acquisitions and launches will be a profitable market.
  • The convergence of big data will continue. It will result to advanced analytics features, publicly hosted data-crunching services and optimization of private cloud software.
  • Bigger revenue will be generated for startups that address data-center-to-cloud latency.
  • There will be emergence of an official cloud security standard.
  • There will be an increase in PaaS offerings for specialized mobile platforms.
  • Data virtualization will pick up its momentum, offering the benefits of centralized access.
  • Business applications and IT systems will be designed with no consideration on capacity to match the cloud’s potentially infinite capacity.
  • Operating systems, applications, etc. will become much cheaper, or even be replaced altogether by open source software components spurred by near-free storage and hosting offered by the cloud.
  • Cloud computing will alter the way we access personal content, and forever change the way businesses structure IT.
  • Cloud computing allows people to access data and documents from any device, aiding collaboration across the enterprise despite disparate locations
  • Automatic software updates that come with cloud software make it easier to keep up with current regulations and compliance laws.
  • Cloud computing is more cost-effective than traditional software, because instead of purchasing and installing programs onto various devices, the software exists on a remote server.
  • Cloud computing businesses offer varying degrees of storage, and upgrading capacity simply requires more monthly fee, thus eliminating costs and manageability issues of traditional storage servers.
  • In a recent study by Microsoft, cloud computing was purported to reduce carbon emissions for businesses by as much as 30 percent. This is primarily due to the energy savings garnered from utilizing the cloud in lieu of an entire in-house server.

 

 

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