New Trends in Cloud Computing

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<p>New Trends in Cloud Computing</p> <p>Cloud is recognized as facilitating speed-to-market and for its ability to drive business agility. This is because cloud supports rapid experimentation and innovation by allowing companies to quickly try and even adopt new solutions without significant up-front costs. The Cloud can be a highly agile wrapper around different systems, different behavior and bringing it all together in an engagement cycle. By changing the way people interact with technology, cloud enables new forms of consumer engagement, expand collaboration across the value chain and bring innovation to companies core business models.New Trends in cloud computing:Cloud as the innovation platform Mobile, Social, and Big Data: Cloud technology provides a common platform for Mobile, Social and Big Data applications to cross pollinate as well as enhance and extend existing investments. Cloud as innovation platform will give you the agility to respond quickly to new innovations, e.g. wearable technology or speech &amp; gesture interaction with applications.BYOD to the cloud: "bring your own device" is more relevant than ever in the world of cloud computing. This means that IT departments must find the means to integrate personal cloud services for their employees in a BYOD environment with tools such as Mobile Device Management (MDM).</p> <p>Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). PaaS solutions enable businesses to reduce their IT costs while increasing application development through more efficient testing and development methods. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), by 2017 the PaaS market is anticipated to expand from $3.7 billion to $14 billion worldwide.</p> <p>Software-Defined Hardware. All big industry shifts have been driven by new computing platforms, from the PC to client-server to the Internet. For servers, storage, and networking equipment to behave like one big "machine," where applications can assume massive scalability, the entire infrastructure must be virtualized and centrally controllable -- that is, software-defined. Ultimately this trend goes beyond SDN to include every system in the data center. Advanced software control schemes pioneered by public cloud providers will continue to trickle down to the enterprise.</p> <p>Big Data Actionable data. Many organizations are realizing that it may be much simpler and more beneficial to combine big data analytics with cloud computing than to choose one over the other. The emergence, within the next few years, of big data analytics as a service will offer businesses of any size an easily attainable and scalable tool for competing in the global marketplace. Big Data has become the catch-all phrase for the volume of data businesses generate today. The up to nine fold increase of digital information shared in the last five years needs to be analyzed in context and made actionable. We call it smart data. Without appropriate action, the collection and analysis of the data is worthless. </p> <p>Cloud technology makes the collection, analysis and dissemination of results and actions that much easier due to its flexibility. Big Data and Predictive Analytics will merge and likely fall under the single concept of Predictive Technology.</p> <p> How secure is the cloud. Security has always been a major concern with cloud computing. As more businesses move more information and data into cloud servers, this concern is more important than ever. It is anticipated that over the next year, there will be identity management solutions based on new cloud based security paradigms.</p> <p>Social Collaboration in a business contextA new generation of digital consumers is coming into the market place. As a result, in 2 years 5 generations of workforce will need to work together. Focusing only on transactional systems will mean a huge loss of accumulated business knowledge to the organization. Collaboration between generations of employees will have to be transactional as well as provide business context for a successful knowledge transfer. This will only be possible if collaboration is embedded into the business process.Increasingly business processes will have many cloud touch points, making a case for cloud based collaboration. And this collaboration will also span across cloud and on premise systems - helping the delivery models to converge. </p> <p>The results of this year fourth annual Future of Cloud Computing Survey , conducted by North Bridge Venture Partners, Gigaom Research and supported by more than 70 collaborating organizations was announced and supporting the above trends . This years survey is the largest to date, and is the industrys deepest and broadest examination of the cloud technology revolution. It analyzed the drivers and inhibitors behind cloud adoption, separating the hype surrounding the cloud from genuine industry trends and real-world cases across a sample of 1,358 respondents.</p> <p>Cloud Adoption is Strategic49 percent of respondents in this years survey are using cloud to fuel revenue generation or new product creation.45 percent of businesses say they already, or plan to, run their company from the cloud, showing how integral cloud is to business.SaaS Adoption Has More Than QuintupledFrom 11 percent adoption in 2011 to 74 percent in this years survey. But in the enterprise it is still mostly transitioning existing applications.The front office is leading the way with sales and marketing at 51 percent adoption, and customer service and analytics both at 43 percent adoption.IaaS and PaaS Adoption Reaching a Tipping Point56 percent of businesses are using Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technologies to harness elastic computing resources.41 percent of businesses are using PaaS technologies to prototype and develop new applications.Data Wants to Be Bigger in the CloudTwo thirds of respondents believe their data will come to reside in some form of cloud over the next two years as bigger data needs consolidation, and collaboration and creation go online.</p> <p>References,1</p>