It’s a well-known fact that cloud computing and big data are swiftly becoming two of the most important technologies currently happening in the IT industry. The cloud allows businesses to replace outdated legacy systems, lower IT spending and improve employee collaboration.
Big data consists of large information sets that can help firms identify trends to improve efficiency or other areas of their operations. Organizations caught napping when it comes to this trend won’t be able to handle so much information and can experience problems that may impact things like database performance.
How Big Data and Cloud Computing Will Change
1. Cloud as a term will start to fade out —
It will become generic (legacy infrastructure will be the exception rather than the rule). That’s what happened with terms like “client-server “and “Internet”. Eventually, any company with “cloud” in their company and/or product names will rebrand.
2. “-as-a-Service” or “aaS” will also disappear —
Think about it, cloud is just the migration from product to service. For example: Electricity as a Product (generator) vs Electricity as a Service (grid) — the “as a Service” is implicit because we don’t buy electricity as a product any more, except for off-grid and backup applications. The same applies to IT.
3. Virtualization doesn’t just apply to PC hardware —
we have virtual memory, virtual networks virtual storage and the use made of virtual datacenters will be increasing too. It just takes time for companies to become familiar with their operations.
4. Data handling will continue to evolve —
That’s true even today, but technical developments brand under “Big Data” and “NoSQL” are still evolutionary rather than revolutionary — the big change is in the way custodians approach data and use it to their advantage.
5. There will be a rise of industry-specific clouds —
As general IaaS and PaaS clouds begin to mature in 2013, expect to see the rise of IaaS and PaaS clouds that are purpose-built to serve specific vertical markets, such as healthcare, finance, retail, and manufacturing.
Cloud computing providers will find it necessary to take this approach to meet the demands of the specialized security, processes, and compliance requirements for each vertical market as well as to sell more products to those markets.
6. Cloud computing’s impact on IT will be felt by the staff —
IT budgets will rise, and much of the money flowing back into corporate IT will go toward the retooling of new and existing systems toward the use of PaaS and IaaS clouds.
Those working in IT will notice the shift in resources from traditional internal systems to public and private cloud computing. For many this will herald a new career path around the use of cloud computing; but others won’t be as lucky and will be left behind.
7. Local cloud networks will emerge —
As issues of trust, proximity and data sovereignty continue to surface, we will continue to see Local Cloud Networks — or public and private infrastructure cloud delivered by your nearby Internet provider, Telco, MSO and data center — emerge in 2013. Cloud computing is an effective business solution, but it is critical to have face-to-face support as well.
For the foreseeable future, it seems that the cloud and big data will continue to be connected. The combination of cloud computing and big data is going to become more practical due to it’s being the more efficient method for information storage. Using just IT will no longer be enough for a company to be able to keep up.