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Cloud Computing: Technology Rising To The Sky

Cloud Computing: Technology Rising To The Sky

Freedom, speed and security–three things that companies currently expect from cloud computing services. But how are cloud services addressing the optimal implementation of these expectations within the rapidly changing IT industry? And what do industry experts predict will shake up the evolution of cloud computing?

SaaS–The Demand for Software Applications as a Service

Increasing internet speeds are expected to facilitate the ability of software companies to over cloud services. A current example of an SaaS is Adobe’s Creative Cloud, which permits customers to install applications on an as-needed basis and share files through FTP, email, etc. According to Cloudtimes.org writer Martin Tantow: “SaaS has a strong presence in customer relationship management and human capital management”.` In addition, Tantow states that “SaaS business models will continue to expand into new verticals including tools, business intelligence, business processes and industry verticals such as enterprise resource planning and billing, payroll, and transactional processing”.

Big Data

As yet to be competently explored by cloud technology is the area of “big data” that is expected to contribute to the popularity of cloud service applications designed to execute manipulation of vast amounts of information that also incorporates extraction of business and subsidiary intelligence materials.

Hybrid Cloud Technology

As more and more businesses migrate systems management operations into a cloud platform, industry experts predict that these businesses will be opting for platforms composed of multiple clouds rather than one Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) vendor. With the demand for meeting an increasing number of differentiated areas complementing ever-expanding, digitally-based businesses, the steady progression of hybrid cloud technology is predicted to overwhelm other technologies as businesses encounter independently created areas emerging within their operations that require certain cloud technology needs that one vendor may not offer.

Disaster Recovery

The ability to plan and execute successful recovery efforts surrounding an information disaster event will continue to propel the most successful cloud computing services to the forefront of cloud technology. As businesses continue relying on the cloud to store more and more data as a way to reduce overhead costs and relieve the burden of remaining responsible for the storage of fundamental entities. In fact, estimated revenue garnered by cloud services within the next two years is expected to top $180 billion.

Sizing the Cloud

According to a landmark report by Stefan Ried, Ph.D. and Holger Kisker, Ph.D. called “Sizing the Cloud–A BT Futures Report: Understanding and Quantifying the Future of Cloud Computing”, “The global cloud computing market will grow from $40.7 billion in 2011 to more than $241 billion in 2020, based on Forrester’s cloud market taxonomy”. With such an exponential increase expected in the use of cloud computing as a necessity rather than a luxury, cloud technology is guaranteed to represent an iconic development in the ability of businesses to operate successfully as fully digitalized operations within the expanding global market.

Part of the very nature of cloud computing services is the redundancy and business continuity requirement. Cloud computing services usually offer several data center locations, mirroring the business’ applications and data. This model provides an efficient way of data integrity and functional uptime, and this economy of scale is much favoured.

With cloud computing, the sky really isn’t the limit at all!

Matt Smith is a Dell employee who writes to help raise awareness on the topic of Dell Cloud Technology Solutions and other network management subjects.

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