Note: The opinions and predictions expressed in this article are the author’s own.
We’ve dug quite deep to analyze what users expect from cloud computing in the future and which of these expectations will be brought to life. The article summarizes both technical and market changes that cloud computing is expected to go through.
Businesses are now sharpening their teeth to get something new out of technical capabilities gradually emerging in the marketplace. And since cloud computing is getting really hot today and has already brought countless advantages to entrepreneurs, it’s only natural that they are tempted to get even more.
Cloud computing definitely has a lot of room to grow further. And here is what users expect from it in 2016-2017.
1. Enhanced security
The reason why some businesses are still not confident about the cloud is its security. Even though security breaches are not that common for cloud data centers, users are still expecting providers to demonstrate the maximum reliability of data storage. Human psychology is a strong factor and thus major steps need to be taken to ensure ultimate protection.
2. No strict differentiation between personal and corporate use
The choice of packages and available cloud storage options has become a bit too confusing and thus users are expecting it to become more simplified. After all, it would be more convenient to use one account for storing both personal and business data – at least for the majority of us.
3. Using favorite applications in the cloud
The time has come when users admit they would rather have an option to use some of their preferred apps in the cloud.
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4. Development in the cloud
There has been much talk lately about programming capabilities in the cloud. Cloud IDE (Integrated Development Environment) was a funny thing back in 2011. Five years have passed and modified the whole process a lot, but developers are still facing the gaps they want to fill. We’ve analyzed a few cloud IDE’s and found that developers are currently not feeling comfortable with architecture, programming languages limitations, file synchronization, the lack of a solution for PaaS deployment, etc.
We’ve analyzed a few cloud IDE’s and found that developers are currently not feeling comfortable with architecture, programming languages limitations, file synchronization, the lack of a solution for PaaS deployment, etc.
The predictions about the future cloud are just that, predictions, but considering the amount of research that has been done, we can safely say what the next steps are likely to be and how it’s going to affect businesses of all sizes:
- A majority of corporations are planning to change their business strategies, involve remote workforce or business partners and add flexibility to their existing models. Cloud computing providers are thus expected to add convenience and better serve the needs of top management and their employees.
- With the growing need for cloud-based apps, it’s forecasted that in 2016, more than a quarter of all applications will be cloud-based. 85% of companies that are considering new software or application development projects will build them for both on-premises and cloud use. Moreover, existing software is now expected to be in the cloud too. As a result, there will be more developers able to develop for the cloud.
- With all the enhancements and changes, the cloud will significantly reduce the time needed to operate data. It will also speed up the feedback cycle and project implementation.
- Cloud users are expected to receive better support whenever certain issues occur, no matter whether the subscription is free or paid. It will be possible to store data backups and restore them on demand.
- A lot of new ‘clouds’ will emerge in the marketplace and it will give rise to new cloud-related services, like cloud integration, data and application migration. It will give leverage to new technologies and solutions for managing and deploying applications.
- Cloud environments will be equipped with more means of communication, such as instant messengers, chats, phone calls.
- Cloud will extend its focus from traditional data storage to added data processing. It will give birth to new cloud-powered products and new client-side capabilities.
- One of the most interesting predictions is that there will be more devices connected to the internet and cloud environment. These will be wearables, smart cars, smart homes, etc.
- And finally, the question of cloud security will no longer be a concern. On the contrary, users will prefer to keep their data in the cloud to keep them safe and secured. In terms of cost, on-premises security will require more investment and greater effort to guarantee ultimate protection. However, there will be more attempts to break into the cloud data centers.
As cloud computing capabilities are becoming increasingly powerful, it widens IT horizons and allows for more time to be spent on building new business strategies. It will affect the software distribution model and even hardware specifications. Market demands are growing and giving new hints to both small and huge cloud providers.
Can you think of some more updates cloud will go through? Then just join us in the comments to share your thoughts.
Beata GREEN is Director of HeadChannel Ltd., London-based bespoke software development company. She is responsible for the overall strategic direction and overseeing the company’s continuing growth, building closer client relationships and maintaining best working practices. She enjoys brisk country walks with her red fox labrador and then relaxing in front of a TV crime drama with a glass of red wine.