Recent data from InformationWeek confirms what companies already know: Cloud computing is on the rise. Beyond public cloud adoption, however, the survey found 47 percent of companies asked had implemented or were piloting private clouds, with most choosing a hybrid over exclusive deployments (Tweet This Stat). And it’s no surprise that increasing adoption has led to predictions about the cloud’s future — here are four critical advancements coming in 2015.
Fully Federated Systems
According to Intel’s Cloud 2015 Vision, federated services will take center stage among cloud deployments. Federation allows the secure and simple movement of data and services across computing stacks. This data standardization also means “burst computing” is within reach — if internal clouds can’t handle a sudden server load, public cloud resources can be spun up and accessed with no downtime.
The sticking point? Right now, Intel sees it as the data center, which hasn’t kept up with the cloud in terms of interoperability and access. By 2015, expect to see a shift in data center infrastructure which better supports federated data movement (Tweet This).
Cloud Service Brokerages (CSBs)
While it’s easy to implement a public cloud or contract out the building of a private alternative, many companies struggle to find a balance between return on investment (ROI) and monthly spend. As noted by a recent eWeek article, cloud service brokerages may hold the answer.
CSBs have gained prominence over the last year, but are still in their infancy as the market evolves beyond a simple provider-customer paradigm. These services act as intermediaries between IT professionals and cloud providers, helping to aggregate and customize deployments without breaking the bank. CSBs are set to see substantial growth through 2015 as companies diversify their cloud provider list in an effort to avoid data lock-in.
It’s also worth noting that IT departments have the option of becoming CSBs themselves under the right circumstances. If admins can demonstrate to C-suite executives that they have the expertise to streamline cloud services and convince employees they have the cloud-savvy to solve cloud problems, keeping the CSB in-house is a cost-effective possibility.
The trend toward cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) is nothing new, but according to Forbes, a tipping point is coming in 2015. Data from research firm Gartner predicts that sometime in the next year, more than 50 percent of all CRM deployments will be software-as-a-service (SaaS). Ten years later, 80 to 85 percent will be cloud based (Tweet This).
Bottom line? Many companies understand the benefits of taking CRM to the cloud, from improved internal resource access to real-time data aggregation and analysis, but it’s easy to put off a move since so many CRM systems are proprietary, legacy-driven behemoths. Gartner’s data tells the tale, however: In a year, staying on-premises with your CRM means falling behind your competition.
Google says they’ve already achieved Quantum computing — granular control of subatomic particles, allowing computer bits to be both 1s and 0s at the same time. A post from Wired talks about Google’s “D-wave,” supposedly the first quantum computer in the world. Testing is still being done to determine if the machine is the real thing or just a highly advanced “classical machine,” as quantum proponents like to call current computers.
Quantum computer or not, Google’s efforts point to the next frontier for cloud computing performance. While companies shouldn’t expect a quantum box in their data center any time soon, 2015 should see substantial innovation in this space; it’s better to be ahead of the quantum curve than under it.
2015 should be a banner year for the cloud, with federated systems, CSBs, cloud-based CRM and the underpinnings of a new, quantum-computer based network helping to drive adoption as well as innovation.
Author Bio: John Grady is the Senior Manager of Product Marketing at XO Communications. XO Communications is the leading nationwide provider of cloud computing services. Since joining XO in 2008, John has been responsible for the launch of XO Communications WAN solution, as well as XO’s award winning 100G services.