Monday, November 28, 2011 6:56:12 PM
The wide variety of technological advancements through the past few years, including more advanced mobile devices and cloud computing, are projected by many to hit the ground running in 2012. James Staten, a member of Forrester Research, recently published an article explaining his expectations for cloud computing in the coming year.
The industry expert projects cloud computing standards commonly held among adopters will become more stringent as a result of rapidly increasing cloud technology knowledge. This should spell good news for the industry as a whole. As businesses and individuals become more educated, providers will need to answer the call with outstanding services.
More methods of standardizing the cloud computing industry have already been launched, and are expected to pick up pace in the coming months. For example, the Cloud Security Alliance, a non-profit organization comprised of service provider executives, created the Security, Trust and Assurance Registry for vendors to fill out and consumers to reference.
STAR was initially provided to vendors at the end of the summer, and is projected to be at full capacity by the beginning of the new year. The CSA expects the registry to improve security standards among vendors and make service level agreements more straightforward through the process of standardization.According to the Forrester analyst, increasing competition among vendors will likely lead to stronger and clearer practices in the industry. Additionally, the source explains that companies will need to plan budgets around cloud adoption.
One potential impediment the firm foresees is the dangerous legislation pushed by some politicians to create more stringent guidelines for the cloud industry. Battles between Amazon and other cloud-based service providers have already ensued throughout the United States, though these disputes have ended well for vendors, as the potential for job growth outweighed confusion pertaining to taxes.
Other industry analyst firms have begun assessing their projections of the cloud computing market in the coming years as well. The International Data Corporation expects the industry to boom.
"Both public and private clouds will grow in the server market through 2015," IDC's Enterprise Servers and Datacenter Trends analyst Katherine Broderick said in a report on the company's website. "Cloud will grow from a $5.2 billion opportunity in 2011, representing almost 885,000 units, to a $9.4 billion market in 2015, with over 1.8 million units."
-McAfee Cloud Security