Cloud computing sounds so new that unknowing users believe this is the latest technology in computing and data storage. In fact, the cloud system has been in use for several years now as seen before in file sharing programs hosted by 3rd parties. Only today, it has been significantly improved as computers are linked together by computing resources that is hosted over the internet. As long as you have the device that can access the internet, you can connect to stored data that is on the cloud. A very good example is Google Docs. Anyone who is allowed access to the file can edit and manipulate it from anywhere, without the need to upgrade his individual hardware system. Several online businesses today make use of this application in giving out assignments and getting reports back. On the fun side, cloud computing is seen in online games. It used to be that you needed to download a game into your computer to enjoy it with other players. Now, you just need to log in on an online platform, play the game with other users, save it, and log off. The next time you log in, your game is still there waiting to be continued.
As it is, cloud computing has really gone far from how it was first designed. Compared to other storage systems, like USBs and external drives, this gives so much freedom to the user in terms of storage load and need for hardware. However, this does not stop there. Cloud computing is continuously developed and improved to maximize its potential in able to address the needs of different sectors. The year 2013 can surprise everyone with the following trends that are expected to be made better or realized.
– This is the major concern of the public. With data stored on servers, a system failure can make the most delicate data vulnerable in the wrong hands. Stricter protocols in identification and sign-on security are expected to be improved as more sectors are moving in to cloud computing in running their businesses and transactions.
A Leap From Games
– Today, cloud computing is very evident in online games, file sharing, and mobile device applications. However, developers are expecting a more active participation from serious industries and development of community clouds for every industry is also foreseen. Just imagine all health care providers having access to a centralized data of clinical studies as an aid for patient care or stockbrokers having the market trends for the past 10 years available for them to study.
Public versus Private Clouds
– It seems that users are seeing the pros of both forms of cloud computing, so it is expected that hybrid clouds will be more preferred in the near future.
Mobile Applications to the Cloud
– Developers of mobile devices have seen the great advantage of using cloud computing, as attested by Apple’s iCloud. This makes possible the designing of thinner and lighter devices because most of the hardware is operating on the cloud. More mobile applications will be employing this computing resource, not just for esthetics but most importantly for function and power.
Business Partner in Growth
- As companies and businesses grow, so does their needs for bigger storage for data processing and management. The scalability characteristic of cloud computing makes it the utmost reason why businesses are migrating to the system. This is seen to continue, and cloud computing will go forward to fit this need.
– Although application development and communication tool are some of the uses of cloud computing in businesses, archive storage and data recovery still take a large portion of its prime use in industries.
– With several developers offering their own cloud infrastructure, users will be faced with the dilemma of choosing the right one that will meet their needs. This serves as a challenge for vendors as they have to adapt their systems to the varying needs of industries of different natures. This is also a challenge for users to properly test the cloud structure where they will be transferring their entire database, as most vendors require a lock-in period for their services.
Generally, cloud computing is expected to take on the great momentum that brought it to big success in 2012. New players are going to join in the bandwagon and although these trends are already stirring excitement to several sectors, there are still unknown twists and surprises that could bring cloud computing to unexpected heights this year.
Natasha is writer and blogger, currently writes for Ninefold, Australia. She contributes to the online society by blogging on a variety of topics, currently exploring in cloud computing, web hosting, cloud server, dedicated servers, VPS and other popular cloud and tech related trends.