Michael Ray, Solutions Architect for VAZATA.
As we discussed in a previous blog, hybrid clouds will give users the best of both worlds as customers choose to have the security of some resources staying on-premise while adjusting to the flexibility of the public cloud infrastructure.
While open source itself is nothing new — and doesn’t need elaborate explanation — open source in the cloud is taking a fresh approach to the cloud model, and it’s a space that has potential to shape the future of the cloud. As more and more proprietary players emerge, the cloud will see more open-source alternatives.
Cloud models continue to blend, with SaaS, PaaS and IaaS joining forces and public, private and hybrid models coming to front. It’s not a question whether companies will move to the cloud, but rather how they will select the components to work with and put them all together. Thus a need for multi-cloud management is emerging.
As the amount of data continues to grow and the cost of traditional storage solutions increasing, cloud storage is rapidly becoming big business. Massive data growth combined with the high cost and reliability issues that encumber traditional offsite storage will add impetus to this industry.
When the big players like HP, Verizon, and Dell started buying up cloud companies in 2011, it became a stand-out year for cloud acquisitions, with no signs of slowing down. Experts predict that we will see three different types of acquisitions in the days ahead: Takeouts – big players scooping up promising young companies; Mop-ups – buying dead companies for the people and talent; an Likely Technologies that live on the periphery, such as metering and monitoring.
Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) will be a new cloud battleground as the market generates a need for the second generation of PaaS.
As with any new technology, cloud security continues to be an area of industry buzz, since cloud technology has potential for misuse. However, Vazata is on the bleeding edge of security issues touting secure, stable, scalable IT infrastructure for many businesses, including the U. S. Federal Government.
As we discussed in a previous blog, the demand for cloud computing skills and cloud-focused personnel continues to escalate. “There are not enough skilled resources out there,” said Corinne Sklar, Bluewolf vice president of marketing. “There’s just not enough in the market.”
Cloud and Mobile
Mobile cloud services continue to rise, driven by access to apps from anywhere via smartphones, tablets, notebooks and such. There’s even a growing “bring your own device (BYOD)” trend, so the connection between mobility and the cloud is destined for continue growth.
Companies will continue to rely heavily on social elements in their cloud ecosystems, whether internal social networks, the ability to add social capabilities to cloud applications or any number of advancements that can come from bringing a Facebook-style into business walls.