We’re off and running in 2013. Like any new product or service, cloud servers began with the necessary testing phase, that trial period where technologies either claim their place as a legitimate product or service, or become quickly forgotten. Now, several years on, cloud server hosting has proven itself and lived up to its reputation as a viable solution to businesses, from SMBs to the Fortune 500s.
Along with understanding the benefits, we are also learning where it fits and how to get the most from the cloud. As we make our way into 2013, it’s an opportune moment to look at some predictions for what’s ahead in cloud computing.
Cloud Prediction #1: People will get real about what fits and what doesn’t
The first prediction comes from a report by Forrester analyst, James Staten. In his report, 2013 Cloud Predictions: We’ll Finally Get Real About Cloud, James predicts that people will “Finally stop saying that everything is going cloud… and get real about what fits and what doesn’t.” This point gets to the heart of a maturing process that the cloud, as well as those utilizing its capabilities, has undergone over the years.
While cloud servers have completely changed the playing field for IT departments, it’s not a magic pill or a silver bullet. The key here is making architecturally sound decisions. This can mean dedicated servers are more appropriate in some cases, while cloud servers are better in others. Whether the end result is purely cloud, or a hybrid solution of cloud and dedicated physical servers, the best solution should be understood and developed together with your developer and hosting provider.
Cloud Prediction #2: Enterprise will move to the public cloud in 2013
Ofir Nachmani, Chief Evangelist at Newvem, explains how the cloud is not just for the SMBs. Enterprises are learning that they can “reduce cost, increase agility and enjoy the real benefits of the cloud, all while learning “how to maintain a robust, highly available and secured service in the public cloud.”
This move on the part of enterprise to put their trust in the public cloud is yet more proof of this maturing we see happening, and will allow enterprise to experience a completely new type of savings and agility moving forward.
Cloud Prediction #3: Hybrid is the future for Cloud Computing
Kevin Gavin, chief marketing officer at ShoreTel, predicts that, as enterprise continues to take to the cloud, “Hybrid solutions… will significantly increase.” He goes on to explain how those providers skilled in creating hybrid configurations will be best suited to meet the enterprise needs in 2013.
The discussion of hybrid server configurations is becoming more common, and only makes sense for the enterprise. As mentioned before, cloud servers have transformed hosting, and create a unique advantage over dedicated servers, so long as they are configured and implemented appropriately. Working together with your developer and hosting provider will ensure the best configurations in these cases.
There has been no shortage of predictions for the cloud in 2013. One thing we can all hang our hats on for 2013 is that, whether to turn to the cloud is not the question, but how to do so.
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