Cloud Innovations to Look For in 2013

Cloud computing, remote storage, and many other services rendered in the cloud went mainstream in 2012; but this year, as new standards and practices are implemented, there are some things to keep an eye for that will set the stage for some amazing leaps forward in the years to come.

1. Reliability

Virtually every year, computing reliability increases, except of course when a surge in popularity of some tech innovation pushes current infrastructure beyond capacity. 2013 seems to be the year to eliminate the uncertainty of remotely hosting files, managing data centers and using remote servers to develop and test hosting systems and platforms. This year, reliability is focused on the IT professional and less on the public at large, who already seem largely comfortable with their needs being serviced by remote servers.

2. Speed

Google Fiber, which offers a ludicrous gigabit connection for only $70 a month, signals the end of slow server speeds for everyone. Fiber isn’t going everywhere, but other companies won’t be able to compete if their cloud services don’t provide nearly instantaneous results. From immediate data retrieval to creating or changing multiple AMI instances on the fly, this year we’ll see the end of services like DropBox skating by with sub-standard bandwidth. While everyone’s home internet won’t soon be a gigabit, businesses both large and small will be very soon, and they’ll demand services that utilize it.

3. SaaS

Software as a service is going to see a big push this year. Companies are seeing record profits from, subscription-based software hosted in the cloud, and end-users and IT professionals are beginning to see the value; from Adobe’s Master Collection being offered as a service, to server offerings from Amazon, the industry likes what it sees remotely. Soon, you’ll see many more companies doing hardware testing or rendering remotely, entire-end user experiences in the cloud, and other subscription based software offerings like business and nonprofit accounting software coming out of the woodwork.

4. HPC2 Elasticity

High performance cloud computing will see a big increase in usage this year, and companies are expecting it. One of the greatest shifts in this area is from a tiered pricing model to an elastic one. Certainly you’ll still see a lot of companies offering computing functionality in an ‘up to’ type of pricing scheme, but big names are embracing the elastic model. Amazon’s EC2 model is a great example and offers IT professionals the ability to create and modify as needed a true virtual computing environment. Pay as you need models are gaining popularity for good reason.

5. Interoperability

‘Standards’ is the name of the game this year. In the rush to get everything into the cloud there have been some missteps when it came to making sure there was a standard to everything. It’s projected that in the near future %80 of all cloud workloads will come from other clouds, which might seem meta but really it’s just a good reason to make sure there are some interoperability standards. This year as cloud and IT conventions go on across the United States, Europe and China much of the talk will be on setting standards, standards which will ensure the future of interconnected cloud activity across the world.

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