As more and more people moved to the cloud, cloud computing became bigger and better last year. The top trends for this phenomenon in 2014 are
1. Cloud computing is set to become mainstream computing
Yes, cloud computing will become mainstream computing as we know it. From client/server computing in the 1990’s to internet computing in the 2000’s to mobile computing in recent times, the transformation of computing as we know it has been dramatic. The “cloud” is set to take over this space.
2. The Personal Cloud Will Replace The PC
The research firm Gartner believes the personal cloud will replace the PC as the center of our digital lives as early as 2014.
“Major trends in client computing have shifted the market away from a focus on personal computers to a broader device perspective that includes smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices,” Steve Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner, said in a recent statement. “Emerging cloud services will become the glue that connects the web of devices that users choose to access during the different aspects of their daily life.”
3. The Emergence of Hybrid Clouds
There might be an end in sight for the debate over public cloud vs. private cloud architecture in enterprise IT. The rise of hybrid clouds – architectures that combine the security of private clouds with the scale and cost effective benefits of public clouds will encourage many businesses to adopt a cloud-based infrastructure. Businesses will embrace the cloud on account of a range of customizable solutions for IT decision-makers.
4. Web-powered Apps
Scalability and efficiency are among the main perks of cloud computing. With apps being used frequently by one and all the Web will become a major platform for cloud-based applications.
5. More Power to Graphics
Running high-end graphics applications typically calls for massive hardware infrastructure as a pre-requisite, but cloud computing is quickly changing that. Emerging cloud-based graphics technologies by companies are enabling end-users to run graphically powerful applications using little more than an HTML5 web browser.
6. Identity Management in the Cloud
Cloud services have proved to be more accessible, convenient and powerful. As cloud-based applications quickly take over businesses, businesses are now faced with a need to rethink security policies. Look for identity management solutions to bring new paradigms of security to the cloud in 2014.
7. Revolutionizing the Internet Industry
Cloud computing platforms are all set to play a major role in building the next generation intelligent, software-defined machines. The highlight is that these machines can be operated and controlled from centralized, remote locations.
8. Growth of Paas Markets
The number of companies adopting PaaS solutions in the coming years is bound to grow. PaaS enables businesses to lower IT costs and speeds up application development through efficient testing and deployment. According to analyst firm IDC, the PaaS market is expected to witness growth from $3.8 billion to $14 billion by 2017.
9. Greater Versatility of Ad serving options
Cloud computing offers businesses, marketers and advertisers a wide range of choices and flexibility to distribute and display advertising. The ability to create and distribute advertising that could reach consumers regardless of the technology they have available is a huge plus that the cloud offers and we will see more of this in 2014.
10. Buying Revolution on the Cloud
As more and more customers favor online transactions, which are fundamentally a cloud phenomenon there is already a buying revolution on the cloud. The burgeoning growth of online marketplaces, startups that help businesses sell through social media networks only signals huge opportunity in this arena.
This New Year most of us could be moving to a place in the “cloud”!