Cloud Trends

New Cloud Technologies Trends We'll See in 2014

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Eugene Rudenko.

The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to make plans and predictions for the year ahead. Cloud technologies are one of the most rapidly growing sectors in IT and it draws a lot of attention. I’ve tried to come up with the possible (in my opinion) trends in the clouds that will take place in 2014. Here’s what I’ve got.

Blurred boundaries between cloud technologies and CDN

From the point of view of cloud technologies, network is the last obstacle on the way of common shift to clouds. That’s why network technologies will be subject to improvement and growth, and their efficiency will increase. The main goal of their improvement will be the faster data delivery among cloud servers...

HP Shares Four Emerging Cloud Computing Trends

Grazed from CMSWire.  Author: David Roe.

Cloud computing is growing up. It has matured from an easy solution to a difficult on-premises IT deployments that saved a few bucks of initial capital investment and now, finally, to one of the core elements of an organizations’ IT strategy.

What's the Story?

But it has not finished with its growing pains, and in the coming years, enterprises will have to plan and develop strategies around their cloud environments if they are to reap the obvious benefits...

Is It Time To Embrace The Cloud?

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Gillian Livingstone.

In today's ERP world, one of the main choices when choosing a business system - is would you like this to be on the cloud or located on a server in your office? From speaking to a variety of different companies, it is clear many people are divided, mainly an age divide.
What becomes more apparent is the lack of understanding of the cloud.

The cloud is used in many different aspects of your everyday life. The first cloud experience I had was my Hotmail account (and I wasn't even aware I was using the cloud when I created my account) accessing my emails from any device and any time. The next big realisation of the cloud is your iTunes account, streaming your music from all your different Apple accounts whether this was your Mac laptop, iPad or iPhone. Now we have the ability to pick up iMessages on your iPhone or iPad. All these features are down to the creation of the iCloud. Like me, I imagine most people in society would be lost without the ability to get my music at any time...

Contact Centers in the Cloud: Sky-High Performance or Cloudy Results

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Pekka Porkka.

I think it has been the consumers who have made cloud what it is today; a mega trend. It has been people like you and me using no-cost services which were conveniently available anytime, anywhere and often with any device from the cloud. We as consumers helped providers to develop and improve services which have then also become attractive for enterprise customers. Nowadays a large number of services are offered via the cloud for professional users and all of them come with similar benefits; flexibility, minimal maintenance, and cost savings.

Cloud services in contact centers can make customer service faster, better, and more efficient. A recent study of the Aberdeen Group called Transitioning your Contact Center from On-Premise to the Cloud shows that the overall revenue and the overall profit of companies who rely on a cloud-based model overtop those businesses that rely on on-premise solutions...

Cutting Through the Confusion: What Makes a True Cloud Billing Solution

Grazed from Cloud Computing Intelligence. Author: Editorial Staff.

With businesses of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy transitioning to cloud computing, IT vendors are racing to position themselves at the cutting-edge of what remains one of the industry's hottest topics. Cloud billing has become a dynamic growth area. Yet, it is becoming ever harder for buyers to cut through the hype and understand the term. Is a cloud billing system one that bills for cloud services, or a billing system that resides in the cloud?

To some vendors, it does not seem to matter. Just put "cloud" in the product/solution name and voilà, they have a "cloud billing" system. Certainly, among some businesses there is a desire to jump on the cloud bandwagon - a sense that the cloud is now becoming so pervasive that they need to be involved. They must have a cloud story to tell or risk being left behind by the competition. This drive by businesses to be seen as "cloud-based", even when they are not, is creating market confusion and, in turn, that confusion risks damaging the sector immeasurably...

2014 is the Year Servers Get 'Smart,' Hybrid Cloud Grows Up

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge. Author: Robert Miggins.

According to Gartner analysts, more than half of IT budgets will be spent on cloud computing in the next few years. There's no need to speculate on whether cloud adoption will continue to rise in 2014 and beyond - it will. However, exactly how cloud infrastructure is deployed and managed is up for grabs.

While both public and private cloud deployments are on the rise, it's hybrid cloud environments that currently provide organizations with cloud computing's best benefits - a trend that will shift in 2014 as the next generation of dedicated servers, or "smart servers," evolve to offer all of hybrid cloud's core qualities, but manageable as one environment. Today's hybrid cloud models are complex environments that combine a single-tenant private architecture with a multi-tenant cloud, in order to achieve private cloud's security and performance benefits along with public cloud's high availability and security...

Cloud Computing: With Watson, Is IBM Riding Right Wave?

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Doug Henschen.

Two big names in technology held events in New York this week to declare the beginning of a third big wave in computing, but they were talking about different waves. On Wednesday, Salesforce.com welcomed in the connected computing era, pointing to mobile, social, cloud, and billions of connected sensors and devices as things that will transform our personal lives, industries, and the ways organizations interact with individuals.

Giving its own spin to the Internet of Things, Salesforce talked up the "Internet of Customers," seeing connected aircraft engines, cars, appliances, tablets, phones, wrist watches, and other devices as ultimately connected to somebody's customer. On Thursday it was IBM's turn, and it asserted that the coming third wave will be the cognitive computing era...

Cloud Gazing: 3 Security Trends To Watch

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Bill Kleyman.

Cloud computing continues to break barriers and deliver new types of workloads and content. Just look at how many users are connecting via the Internet. Statistics show us that a typical user accesses two to three devices every day. If you work in tech, I have no doubt that this number is even larger.

The security environment around cloud continues to evolve as well. The days of the PC, as we all know, are coming to an end. With so much more information traversing the cloud, the focus has shifted from endpoint security to delivering applications, data, and a great user experience. But this leaves open questions about how we keep all of this data secure, provide a powerful end-user experience, and still maintain information integrity...

Cloud Computing: 2014 Will Be a Big Year For IBM

Grazed from MotelyFool.  Author: Timothy Green.

2013 has not been kind to IT giant IBM . The company's stock has been declining since hitting highs last March, with disappointing earnings and a collapse of the hardware business in emerging markets largely to blame. IBM was the only stock in the Dow Jones Industrial Average to decline in 2013, even after a significant end-of-year surge.

2014 will be a year of challenges for IBM, but the company should continue to make progress toward its long-term goals. Hewlett-Packard managed to win some market share from IBM in the server business in 2013, and the general trend toward cloud computing will continue to pressure IBM's hardware business and the server industry as a whole. Meanwhile, Amazon's aggressive expansion of its cloud services has put IBM in the position of playing catch up, with at least one high-profile private cloud contract going to the retail giant instead of Big Blue in 2013. There's certainly plenty to worry about going forward for IBM, but many of these worries seem overdone...

When cloud computing is just computing

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: David Linthicum.

According to Midsize Insider (an IBM publication), “The term ‘cloud’ has been an IT catchphrase for a short period although the types of services that define this technology have been in use for some time. This kind of computing may already be mainstream and no longer have the need for a catchphrase.”

This is something I’ve been saying for awhile, that the term ‘cloud’ will eventually bake out of cloud computing and it will be just another model for computing.  Much like other technologies that came along in the past, it just becomes a part of our architectural arsenal.  The term “cloud” always seemed buzz-wordy to me.  Indeed, we called it other things before the term “cloud” stuck, including on-demand, Web 2.0, Internet-hosted, etc., but I’m not sure those are any better...