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10 Cloud Computing Expectations for 2011
In 2010, we’ve seen a significant expansion of cloud computing as the adoption rate increased and cloud became the computing model of choice for organizations across various industries. Cloud computing had a lot of presence in the media and numerous studies and articles outlined cloud computing as the biggest trend in technology that will change the way IT services are delivered. As the new year is approaching, studies from research firms are coming out to support the notion that in 2010 there has been an increase in cloud adoption among businesses of all size.
In his recent blog, Forrester analyst James Staten wrote how 2011 could be a landmark year for Infrastructure as a Service as foundations were laid in 2010 by variety of cloud providers. He wrote that the moves made by cloud providers might transform cloud computing into a “vibrant, steady market” rather than a market dominated by big players, such as Amazon.com. “Not all moves that show promise today will result in a sustainable harvest come 12 months, but a few trends are likely to play out,” he stated. Here is the summary of Staten’s top ten predictions for cloud computing for 2011.
1. The Empowered Shall Lead Us. Forrester’s new book Empowered profiles a new type of IT leader. This leader is described as somebody who is leveraging technologies at the edge of the business to change relationships, improve customer support, design new products, and deliver value in ways that we could never have imagined before. These leaders are turning to cloud services to make this change happen.
2. You will build a private cloud, and it will fail. This is a good thing, Staten writes, because through failure you will learn what it really takes to operate a cloud environment. He then advises „Start small, learn, iterate, and then expand.“
3. Hosted private clouds will outnumber internal clouds 3:1. The main reason empowered employees go to the public cloud is speed and ability to consistently meet the demand. Most enterprises are still not ready to offer the same level of service as cloud providers will in 2011.
4. Community clouds will arrive, thanks to compliance. Fields like biotech are already heading in this direction and security and compliance will bring them together, Staten says. He continues with the question, “Why struggle alone adapting your processes to meet FDA requirements when everyone else in your industry is doing the same?”
5. Workstation applications will bring HPC to the masses. Companies such as Autodesk with its Project Cumulus, have figured out how to put a cloud behind applications delivering performance that could match traditional computing with almost no effort on the customer side.
6. Cloud economics gets switched on. Being cheap is good. The basis of cloud economics is in paying only for what you use. Staten says that to achieve maximum profitability, its crucial to know when and which cloud to use.
7. The BI gap will widen. Cloud technologies, such as 1010 Data, will deliver real-time intelligence and cross-system insights that can help businesses to gain competitive advantage and make the market shift in the right moment.
8. Information is power and a new profit center. Not only will cloud computing help leading enterprises gain greater insight from their information, it will also help them derive revenue from it. Staten asks „Are you the next great provider? What value data are you keeping locked up in your vault?“
9. Cloud standards still won’t be here – get over it. Despite promising efforts, the cloud computing market will still be too immature for standardization. Staten says that this doesn’t imply a lack of real progress in 2011. He then adds that lack of standards shouldn’t hold people back from using cloud computing as most cloud technologies are built on the prior standards efforts.
10. Cloud security will be proven, but not by the providers alone. Cloud security is a shared responsibility, and cloud providers are doing their part. The example of this is AWS’s recent 27001 Certification. Before high-bar security challenges are solved, Staten advises that enterprises get started with applications that are easier to protect rather than hold-off on cloud computing.