The importance of cloud computing in an increasingly connected world draws attention to the significance of secure remote data management and the value that enterprises and individuals place on being able to access their files—personal or professional—from anywhere in the world on a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Cloud computing is no longer the ‘next wave’ of information technology, it’s already here. However, with the widespread adoption of cloud computing, comes the natural question—“What next?” Here are some of the ways we may see cloud computing change:
Trend 1: Cloud as the IT norm
Scalability has always been the backbone of agile enterprise computing. Smart file storage, audit-ready data storage, secure cloud backup, and federated IT architecture rely on scalability in order to adapt to rapid changes. This scalability is expected to be supported by:
- Innovations in cloud-enabling hardware and hardware virtualization.
- A gradual phasing out of dedicated server storage and backup.
- Dedicated virtual server environments offering nearly unlimited scalability.
Trend 2: Software to Service
One of the crucial duties of IT services is the scheduled backup and retrieval of enterprise data. While the importance of these functions to the risk management function of an enterprise cannot be underestimated, important core functions including development, implementation, deployment and document management will move from being run on proprietary software to running entirely on a cloud platform. While Software as a Service (SaaS) models have been embraced by large enterprises, cheaper cloud services are expected to make SaaS and Platform as a Service (PaaS) models accessible to small developers and companies.
Small and medium businesses will be able to leverage significantly cheaper cloud services that offer enterprise-level services at a fraction of the cost.
Trend 3: Social and Modular Capabilities
As more IT firms migrate to a cloud-based platform environment, we can expect to see innovative cross-platform, pan-industry platform interfaces that allow independent companies to sell and operate their cloud-based services as a module.
For example, an IT company building a cloud-based software can ‘write in’ a module that is compatible with a remote file storage and backup service such as efilecabinet and other cloud-based service providers to offer a bespoke service platform solution for specific industry types.
Social platform capabilities are expected to include:
- Intuitive hard-ware software association based on tasks.
- Hybrid private and public cloud services.
- Personalized enterprise file access and security.
- 100% paperless office environment.
The future of cloud computing is expected to create a hyper-scalable IT environment that allows small developers, cross-platform specialists and small and medium businesses to compete and collaborate with larger enterprises across all areas of the software life cycle.