Exploring Cloud Trends for the Coming Year

Feb 07, 2012

2012-02-07 Cloud.jpgIt looks like 2012 may actually be the year that enterprise IT departments begin to adopt and use cloud technologies aligned with their needs.  Cloud computing has been slow to gain traction over the past several years as cloud vendors rolled out products and services, and the IT community struggled with network integration, security, and service level agreements (SLAs). The overall prediction, based on a market forecast summary by the strategic analytical group Frost & Sullivan, is that this will be the year when corporations and IT Cloud platform providers come into alignment. Listed here are some of the group’s insights into accelerating cloud adoption, along with potential benefits to the business community.

The new buzzwords in cloud networking will be “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) as leading providers begin to launch platform-rich cloud services. – Microsoft and IBM, leaders in the cloud service provider marketplace, will continue to vie for market share and increased influence with enterprise-level IT managers by expanding their cloud network offerings. The new function-rich offerings will include network management products as well as integrated design-and-deliver services built for their platform-infrastructure products. Adoption will be predicated on the assumption that cloud infrastructure and service providers are willing to invest in training and education for these new, scalable systems. And, as a result, companies who have been reluctant in the past to buy-in to cloud technologies will jump in with both feet.

“Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS) will accompany “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) with enhanced performance and security offerings reinforced by service agreements. – The bear-metal, on-demand IaaS that has dominated the first five years of the cloud era will give way to more value-add services. Going forward, cloud providers will revise their platforms to look more like the old managed hosting services model.  The goal will be to get companies to feel more comfortable using cloud-based networks by providing higher levels of accountability and support for these services.  The result for network providers is increased revenue from enterprises willing to pay for these add-on benefits, including managed and professional services.

Cloud networking, Ethernet capability, and data center services will combine to create the “ultimate” solution for businesses seeking single-source capability. – In an effort to satisfy the needs of companies demanding fully scalable cloud networking solutions, providers will look to Communications Service Providers (CSPs) in addition to data center operators to help build a reliable infrastructure.  This will open the door for companies active in these areas to demonstrate their capabilities, and establish a position in the marketplace.  The Ethernet, because of its wide-range of capacity and available bandwidth, will be the likely choice to support the industry as new cloud networks are built and existing networks increase the number of available applications and services offered to the business community.

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Category: Cloud Computing