Cloud Computing Trends To Watch Out In 2017

Over the past decade, cloud computing has evolved to become a ubiquitous tool for developers and users alike. Businesses of all sizes have migrated to the cloud over the past few years, whether they choose to use private or public cloud solutions. But now that the cloud has become a widely accepted component of our daily computing lives, what is the next step? In 2017, you can expect to see cloud computing evolve and become increasingly efficient. Here are a few of the top trends to watch for this year.

Greater enterprise migration

Forrester research envisions that the biggest trend this upcoming year is an increase in enterprises. Boosts to security and an array of benefits for businesses means that the cloud is prepared for enterprises. Enterprises have larger budgets, complex applications, and correspondingly complex needs. While in the past cloud platforms were still growing in scope, this year they’re mature and secure enough to please even the most cautious enterprises.

Services on a regional level

Although more enterprises will be migrating to the cloud this year, they may not necessarily commit to one provider. Many users are opting to work with a variety of different providers in order to create a more personalized end solution. This means that there will be an increased demand for cloud services at the regional level, as well as the larger companies. The public cloud market is expected to grow at a rapid rate, including services from tech giants like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google. Yet at the same time, smaller providers will be there to fill in the coverage gaps to ensure all enterprises benefit from customized solutions.

Shift to containers

A major trend from 2016 was the use of containers to help manage software code for cloud apps. These Linux containers will be an integrated component of most public and private cloud platform throughout next year. This allows developers to manage their own micro-services, which is useful on many levels.

Integrated security

Cybersecurity is at the top of everyone’s wish list when it comes to any new application. Major telco cloud providers like Nokia Networks have vastly improved their ability to provide security at all levels, and smaller providers are following suit. Expect to see all cloud solutions offering built-in, fully integrated security features with a data-centric focus.  Security features must be built into each layer of cloud infrastructure to protect users from costly breaches.

Reduction in costs

Finally, along with the growth of ever more efficient, secure cloud services comes a drop in pricing. This will open up the cloud to nearly everyone. As it becomes more cost-effective to create cloud services and apps, consumers and enterprises alike will reap the benefits. Because there’s a blend of both big-name public cloud service providers and smaller niche providers, you can mix and match these offerings and scale them up or down as needed. Cloud costs should be more readily contained in 2017, helping the industry to grow even further.

Lala To Shut May 31 – iTunes Cloud Launch Nearing?

Lala.com, the online music streaming service that was acquired by Apple late last year has announced that the service shall be closed on May 31. This could be a significant development that would indicate that the launch of a cloud-based iTunes is closer than you think.

There have been speculations doing the round that Apple may use the infrastructure acquired from Lala to offer a web-based iTunes account that users can use to stream music from anywhere. Significantly, this can have a serious implication on the sale of music and videos from iTunes. Currently, users are hindered by the storage space available on their iDevices which has led to users purchasing content less than what they may ideally want to for want of additional storage space. With an always-accessible cloud-based iTunes service, users may stream music and video on demand which would ultimately help Apple sell more digital content per user than they have currently been achieving.

There is no announcement from Apple in this regard. We hope the cloud based solution launches soon after.

[via TechCrunch]

Cloud-Based Microsoft Office 2010 Launching Next Month

For more than a decade, Microsoft’s Office suite has been the software of choice for businesses. However thanks to always-online nature of today’s users, cloud based alternatives like Google Apps and Zoho have been making space for themselves.

Microsoft has since realized that it is time to adapt. Starting next month; May 12 to be precise, the company shall be launching a cloud based version of their popular MS Office Suite. This will mark a new phase of growth for Office as it tries to adapt in an environment already dominated by Google. However, Microsoft disagrees. Citing over 15 years of experience in the cloud-space starting with the acquisition of Hotmail in the mid-90s, Tim O’Brien, senior director of the platform strategy group says,

“We know a lot more than potentially any vendor in the industry about the types of questions [business customers] have because we have been through the enterprise software discussion before.”

It will be interesting to see how the companies fight it out in this new medium.

[via ComputerWorld]