Wednesday, December 14, 2011 6:07:20 PM
As 2011 nears its conclusion, several experts are noting the cloud computing industry's impressive year, as low-cost, efficient solutions have fueled cloud adoption in numerous industries, including the government sector.
In a recent Forbes report, columnist Joe McKendrick reviews cloud computing's expansion during the previous 12 months, and looks ahead to what most experts believe will be another strong year for cloud technology.
According to McKendrick, the technology's popularity will result in the term "cloud" beginning to fade, as businesses continue to add cloud-based services and employees become so comfortable working in a cloud environment they'll stop recognizing they're using the technology. Meanwhile, the report also suggests many businesses will follow the U.S. government's lead and implement a cloud adoption strategy for IT purchases.
"Last year, as part of its effort to streamline its $80-billion-a-year-plus IT budget, the government decreed that all agencies consider 'cloud-first' options where feasible," McKendrick explained. "Recognizing the wisdom of such an effort, and seeing it succeed on such a massive scale, companies will adopt their own cloud-first approaches."
The U.S. government recently announced a plan to improve agency cloud adoption, creating a process to pre-screen cloud providers regarding their security, cost and effectiveness. The Obama administration hopes the initiative will cut costs related to assessing cloud providers and encourage additional cloud adoption.
-McAfee Cloud Security