PaaS, public cloud among top IT trends

January 12, 2012

Cloud computing usage has skyrocketed during the past few years, and businesses and government agencies continue to recognize the many advantages of various cloud technologies.

Alistair Croll, conference chair for UBM TechWeb's Cloud Connect event and principal analyst at Bitcurrent, recently published his top predictions for cloud computing this year. According to Croll, the most successful IT departments will embrace Platform-as-a-Service, while public cloud computing will significantly gain popularity as more enterprises trust their data with third-party providers.

"In the five years since cloud computing vaulted into the enterprise, it's gone from nerdy pariah to a cornerstone of IT strategy," Croll said in a press release. "We know what it's for, why it rocks, and how it breaks. As an essential component of nearly every modern product or service, it's critical to understand where clouds are headed for business - and for society."

Croll said cloud services will need to accommodate the continued consumerization of IT in 2012, while cloud-based disaster recovery solutions will also be among the leading industry trends.

According to InformationWeek's State of Cloud Computing Survey, PaaS and Software-as-a-Service will expand this year, with 42 percent of enterprises planning to use PaaS.

-McAfee Cloud Security