10 Expert Predictions that will Impact Cloud in 2012
Enterprise IT groups are anxious but also concerned about using the cloud. Cloud issues include security, privacy and governance risks of moving their data and applications 'off-premise', as well as dealing with cloud vendors and even job security. So here are 10 of the top predictions that experts are expecting to see on the cloud front.
1. Multicloud will become the norm
As companies quickly adopt a variety of cloud resources, they'll increasingly have to address working with several different cloud solutions, often from different providers. By the end of 2012, cloud customers will already be using more than 10 different cloud apps on average. Cloud orchestration will become a big topic and an opportunity for service providers.
2. Hybrid Cloud model will grow in popularity
Companies will realize the benefits of "mixing and matching" cloud solutions and look at implementing a combination of dedicated and cloud (hybrid), public and private cloud, on-premise and off-premise solutions.
3. Expect more cloud security challenges
There will be security breaches in public clouds, but nothing will be big enough to kill the shift toward this model of computing. There will be no standards next year for security or SLAs. Standards development organizations move slowly.
4. Enterprise cloud adoption will move from the playground to production
In 2012, cloud services will compete more aggressively with IT departments. There's a perfect storm of economic, technological and operational conditions in play that make cloud adoption inevitable.
5. Cloud operations will move towards real-time data
Just like real-time updates in search results, Twitter and Facebook feeds, IT operations will expect to see the same things in their operations metrics. From simple metrics like state change in memory usage to marketing operations that show when users follow a lead flow, more and more processes will move to real-time.
6. Real cloud Brokerages for enterprise IT will rise
Expect to see the first real cloud brokerage offerings, as enterprise IT organizations look to team with other companies to procure and manage commodity cloud capacity.
7. Prices for cloud storage to hold and may increase
Shortage of storage will effect providers like Amazon, Rackspace, Google and others that have huge and growing hardware requirements. So, expect the providers to take a slight hit, and look for prices for cloud storage to hold steady if not increase.
8. Cloud will go Social
Companies will rely more heavily on social elements in their cloud ecosystems, whether that means internal social networks, the ability to add social capabilities to cloud applications or any number of advancements that can come from bringing a Facebook-style into business walls.
9. Prices for 80 percent of cloud services will include a global energy surcharge
Gartner analysts believe the energy surcharge in their pricing package will rapidly escalate to include the majority of operators — driven by competitive pressures and a "me too" approach. Business and IT leaders and procurement specialists must expect to see energy costs isolated and included as a variable element in future cloud service contracts.
10. Private clouds will go beyond virtualization
A virtualized data center is not (yet) a private cloud. With an increasing understanding of cloud computing, companies will shift their focus from technical virtualization projects to focus on the change management aspects required for flexible business models between IT and the line of business.