Cloud // Software as a Service
News
12/30/2013
12:25 PM
Connect Directly
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google+
RSS
E-Mail
100%
0%

Look Ahead: The Cloud In 2014 & Beyond

Get ready for more shifts to hybrid clouds, new ways to ensure regulatory compliance, and software-defined everything.

As we wrap up 2013, it's time we took a look at some of the biggest cloud technologies that made an impact over the course of the year.

First things first, I most likely will not list all of the technologies that were big parts of the year. So, if you feel I missed something, feel free to add it in the comments section.

That said, the concentration around the user and the information delivery model has allowed the modern datacenter and the cloud infrastructure in general to really evolve. We're seeing new methods of optimization and cloud control, and entirely new ways of controlling the user experience. So, what were some of the big technologies that impacted the cloud?

APIs (cloud apps). This has been a big one. Platforms from VMware, OpenStack, CloudStack, Eucalyptus, and Amazon are creating easier ways to connect via the cloud. APIs are creating intelligent infrastructure cross-connects to reduce the amount of resources required. APIs at the software and hardware layer will continue to make cloud communication easier on an application and infrastructure level.

Read the rest of this story on The Enterprise Cloud Site.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
MarekR131
50%
50%
MarekR131,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/31/2014 | 9:42:09 AM
Other interesting clouds
ComZetta is worth to check out in this year. They have some surprising features ready for small business and individuals. To put it in a nutshell - automatic backup, increasing computing power of your
hardware, secure connection, and much more. Check  http://comzetta.com
Li Tan
50%
50%
Li Tan,
User Rank: Ninja
1/1/2014 | 8:50:29 PM
Re: Before "software-defined everything." better think DevOps
In 2014 and coming future, what we need is hybrid IT talent - not just traditional programmer doing coding by following specifications or just IT professionals familiar with configuration. We need IT professioanls to understand both coding and the end-to-end use case. When doing designing and coding, the engineer should be aware of the business use case and take the interconnection/integration into account. The open, easy-to-use API is the key to success. We need new generation APIs such as REST API to do a better job in this area.
Bill Kleyman
50%
50%
Bill Kleyman,
User Rank: Author
1/1/2014 | 5:32:05 PM
Re: Before "software-defined everything." better think DevOps
@Charles - I 100% agree with you there. Software development is a key part of the entire cloud modevement. Software and application options must be ever-dynamic and adapt to changing needs around user demand and resource utilization. 

Honestly, it's part of the reason I mentioned APIs. The development of good applications, the connectors that help bind processes together, and the delivery method are all key elements to the foundation of the future cloud.

To accomplish this -- there will need to be better collaboration and integration between software developers and IT professionals. In all reality, I'm hoping that this is a natural progression as technology becomes even more interconnected. 
cbabcock
50%
50%
cbabcock,
User Rank: Strategist
12/31/2013 | 1:05:18 PM
Before "software-defined everything." better think DevOps
I think before we can get to software-defined everything, or at least a software-defined data center, we have to align development and operations. DevOps is an underestimated hurdle in moving to the software-defined world we keep hearing about. If we can't get our own software development organization to meet operational objectives, align with the business, adjust quickly to change and incorporate continuous updates, then there's not much point in talking about software-defined everything. DevOps is the next big hurdle.
Bill Kleyman
50%
50%
Bill Kleyman,
User Rank: Author
12/31/2013 | 12:27:34 PM
Re: Up, up and away in my beautiful cloud
@Gary_EL - It's pretty cool right? You sit down at your PC and realize that you really don't have that much on there. A few games, some really heavy apps -- but that's about it. And that's what they future looks like.

The days of the PC - at least as we know it -- are numbered. There will definitely be a transformation in how users utilize cloud-based apps and data. 
Bill Kleyman
50%
50%
Bill Kleyman,
User Rank: Author
12/31/2013 | 12:07:15 PM
Re: Up, up and away in my beautiful cloud
@asksqn - I totally agree with you! I've been pretty much completely mobile for about 2 years now. I mix data sharing environments between Dropbox and ShareFile. Both work great. Many of my apps are SaaS-based and everything else I can get in the cloud.

You are a perfec example around the evolution of the user. It's not even necessarily that we're "techies" -- it's just becoming easier to compute from mobile devices. 
Gary_EL
50%
50%
Gary_EL,
User Rank: Ninja
12/30/2013 | 11:03:19 PM
Re: Up, up and away in my beautiful cloud
I'm still PC-based, but I have almost nothing installed on my machine, and aside from Office and what came with Windows 7, everything I do is on cloud-based applications. I just find myself refusing to bother with PC-based apllications. I'm even starting to do my backups on the cloud.
asksqn
100%
0%
asksqn,
User Rank: Ninja
12/30/2013 | 6:35:22 PM
Up, up and away in my beautiful cloud
Speaking strictly for myself, my online life is very much in the clouds. I've been using a tablet to write on the go, and, with drive space being so very limited, it necessitates a cloud savvy user. That being said, I'm a big proponent of Evernote, Googe drive and docs. I still use a desktop for the heavy lifting, but mobile device usage will, no doubt, continue to grow and otherwise drive SaaS exponentially.
8 Steps to Modern Service Management
8 Steps to Modern Service Management
ITSM as we know it is dead. SaaS helped kill it, and CIOs should be thankful. Here’s what comes next.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest - July14, 2014
Our new survey shows growing demand, flat budgets, and CIOs looking to cloud providers -- not to offload services, but to steal ideas.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join InformationWeek’s Lorna Garey and Mike Healey, president of Yeoman Technology Group, an engineering and research firm focused on maximizing technology investments, to discuss the right way to go digital.
Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.