11 July 2011 14:17:42
Though the cloud is still a relatively young technology, its rapid adoption means it will have to evolve quickly to keep pace with the growing demands of businesses. According to one expert, one area where that evolution is critical is unstructured data.
Writing for MarketWatch, Algebraix Data CEO Charles Silver noted that cloud computing is "on the verge of becoming ubiquitous" across industries. However, even as more businesses deploy the technology, Silver stated that the amount of unstructured data generated by the technology may pose some challenges.
"[T]here is a severe limitation in the ability for conventional data management technologies to manage unstructured data," Silver wrote.
Going forward, businesses will need data management technology that can handle this vast array of unstructured data, including that generate by video, social media and other sources. While this is not out of the capabilities of the cloud, more focus is needed to make these processes more efficient, so companies can leverage the full benefits of the technology.
This issue would be better addressed sooner rather than later, as cloud adoption is quickly picking up steam. According to recent figures from IDC, spending on public cloud services is expected to reach $72.9 billion by 2015, up from $21.5 billion last year.
-McAfee Cloud Security