The year 2012 has definitively been marked by a rapid development of cloud computing technologies all over the world. Though most of the companies have been operating in the cloud for years now, the true peak of cloud computing is yet to be seen in 2013, especially in Europe. Experts and cloud enthusiasts have similar predictions regarding the destiny of the cloud in the following year.
European Union has recently brought an act on implementing cloud computing technologies and standards for all member states. The reason it hesitated to adopt the cloud were the problems related to standardization of the new technology across all the states. As each country has different laws and governmental practices, the question of standardizing was much more complicated than in the US. However, the year 2013 is expected to be a real breakthrough of cloud in Europe.
Besides Europe, there are other regions that are expected to leave traditional servers and move to the cloud. Studies have confirmed that cloud services have especially grew in popularity in developing countries and in the regions of Middle East and Africa. These regions are predicted to have the highest growth rate regarding the usage of cloud computing until 2015.
Better Mobile Support
A growing focus of contemporary technologies is on mobile platforms, as confirmed by a recent IDC research. Mobile devices are booming and are a spotlight for consumer oriented cloud providers. Mobile platforms and online storage are often related and are seen as complementing each other. Therefore, it is natural that these two technology trends will have a parallel development. Both cloud computing and mobile devices are often regarded as the two most important IT trends that are still to advance in 2013.
Efficient Big Data Analytics
Big data analytics have been quite an important topic in enterprise during the passing year. Companies and organizations increasingly rely on powerful computing systems for digital data processing and analytics. Hadoop, a computing system most often related to big data processing is not specific to large enterprises only – even the smaller companies or organizations have an increased necessity for a more efficient way of data processing. The amounts of unstructured data companies now have to deal with are possible to process and manage only with a really strong computing power. As the amount of digital data is further to grow, cloud computing technologies are expected to develop in this field significantly during the following year.
Managing corporate data requires not only good computing power, but lots of storage space as well. Virtualization will continue to exist within companies, but a significant number will be overtaken by a public cloud. Public cloud is not only a solution for SMEs to save money but also enhance collaboration between employees.
Collaboration through cloud computing apps is often seen as one of the main advantages of the cloud. Employees are expected to work in teams and they are often required to use multiple platforms for completing a single task. Therefore, cloud-based collaboration tools can significantly contribute to boosting productivity in a company through file syncing and sharing solutions.
Questions to Remain
Many experts believe that the reorganization of IT will be inevitable in 2013. Louis Columbus from Forbes says that the following year will be the most pivotal for cloud computing as the trust in it is on the line. The questions of data control and security will remain problematic in corporate surroundings where SLAs and standards continue to be an issue for IT managers.
The overall prognosis is that both consumers and corporate IT will go through a process of adjustment to the developing technology market, but it is left to see how will this process actually look like.