The year 2012 is being termed as the year of hybrid computing and as we all know cloud computing continues to be the talk of the town. However, there are many more exiting trends to be followed in the coming year by the computing providers.
Experts regard 2012 the year of cross or hybrid cloud, which culminated in improved clarity within the data center space. It also laid bare the features of true cloud architecture, which facilitate an easy-to-manage grid, making it possible for the users to compute across hundreds of devices. Enterprises have recognized the value of a cross cloud approach.
Some exciting trends in the year 2013, by the cloud computing service providers:
* Secure colocation data centers (As according to Wikipedia, A colocation center is a type of data center where equipment space and bandwidth are available for rental to retail customers. Colocation facilities provide space, power, cooling, and physical security of the server, storage, and networking equipment of other firms—and connect them to a variety of telecommunications and network service providers—with a minimum of cost and complexity) connected to a wide range of networks either in hybrid approach or following true cloud design.
* More flexible and scalable access to the cloud in colocation data centers.
* End users getting a better quality of experience with premium network performance.
* Pre-configured, scalable approach to complex cloud deployments that turns them into an off-the-shelf purchase.
* Allowing end users to use the cloud for increasing the adoption of portable and virtual desktops.
* Development of applications that automate the provisioning of resources in accordance with the business demands.
* Increased user expectation in regard to speed and reliability.
Security is an important factor in cloud computing, and it will remain so. With the outages at major cloud players, security will be a big issue. In fact, several companies which have entered the fray are focusing on providing large-scale encryption and security support for cloud computing. Security of data will be the single largest issue that will make or break a company providing a service.
Enterprises will use the cloud to reduce IT workload while achieving economies of scale and enhancing operational efficiency. While early users of cloud service did not mind an occasional glitch or service outage, a savvy cloud client in these days won't accept it. To tide over such issues, the service providers are investigating the distributed hybrid approach that involves colocation of cloud nodes in strategically located data centers.
As businesses integrate the cloud-based processes with on-premise infrastructure, they will also need to ensure efficient business activity monitoring. Outsourcing will place additional challenges in cloud management. Cloud Services Brokerages will emerge in such scenario, providing a fusion of cloud services, data management and integration. It will ensure streamlined and more efficient business processes, fulfilling the objective of cloud computing.
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