What’s in Store for Cloud Computing in 2013?

Over the last few years expansion into cloud services has progressed in leaps and bounds, with providers working 24/7 to invent new and creative ways to apply technology to inefficient processes. Besides the amazingly swift spread in the U.S., the UK alone reports a 27% increase in first time users over the last 18 months, and that rate continues to increase.

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A 19% increase in cloud spending is also anticipated, as a similar expansion has been noted throughout other parts of Europe and even some Latin American countries. Some of this large increase is attributed to the fact that governments are taking the lead in mandating that some services be shifted to the cloud for cost savings and improved efficiency.

Having said all that, what’s in store for cloud computing in 2013? The answer is quite a lot:

Major Changes

  • Analysts foresee a trend towards moving IT from on-premise to off-premise. In 2012 we experienced what is known as cloud fatigue. What that means is most people got tired of cloud and thus it more or less ended up being ignored.

  • Now, however, a change is occurring and on-premise computing is moving towards off-premise computing. With more and more businesses working toward reducing costs and paring down budgets, placing the burden of maintenance, equipment costs and IT staffing on the side of the provider is a huge money saver. This should continue throughout 2013.

  • More innovation in application testing and development, with new cloud applications being marketed. We will be seeing new types of applications delivered out of the cloud, more options for where data is hosted (and the type of infrastructure it’s hosted on), and more services offering enterprise-grade application hosting.

  • Very strong enterprise grade services will be coming out to market. File sharing, document sharing, collaboration will very quickly gain enterprise strength and much greater support within the enterprise traditional governance.

  • Cloud spending will rival traditional software and hardware sales. Analysts predict that cloud spending will increase at a rate of 19%, compared to the mere 3% rise in overall IT spending.

  • Cloud spending in Australia will radically increase. It is estimated that it will grow 22% to just over $3 billion. Business process as a service (BPaaS), advertising services, and spending on software as a service (SaaS) are also expected to dramatically increase.

  • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) will reach $385 million, which amounts to a growth of 55%. Management and security is the second-hottest cloud growth area, with platform as a service also rising.

  • Proof of independent security testing will also increase, as it is estimated that 40% of enterprises will make the proof of independent security testing a precondition for using any type of cloud services.

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Cloud Computing 2013

There is still a huge transition for the market in general though, and not all Internet users are ready to fully accept the cloud. In fact, many European companies are slower at adapting to the use of this technology than their U.S. counterparts.

However, in the long term, indications are that the cloud model will serve to create new IT spending opportunities, Integration, customization, hybrid cloud and on-premise cloud installations will all grow in significance as cloud adoption continues.

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