Outlook 2013: Cloud Computing & Communications

Grazed from ChannelPartners.  Author:  Kelly Teal.

Cloud continues to capture the industry's imagination and investment due to its transformative impact on the delivery and consumption of technology. Momentum is expected to continue in 2013 as more businesses — large and small — buy into the as-a-service model. This will ease channel sales next year.

However, the tremendous potential of this nascent market has attracted big brands and startups alike, creating a fragmented supplier base and complicating provider selection for channel partners and their customers. From assessing needs to picking providers to migrating workloads, the complexity of cloud presents a growing opportunity for channel partners...

Unconventional Cloud Predictions for 2013 - Executive Viewpoint 2013 Prediction from Adaptive Computing

Grazed from Virtual Strategy Magazine.  Author: Robert Clyde.

2013 will be an exciting year for cloud computing for all the obvious reasons: exponential growth, new technologies, greater understanding, etc. Rather than repeat the obvious, I would like to make three predictions that are perhaps a little more controversial, or at least less obvious:

Bare-metal Clouds Will Continue to Grow

We tend to think that virtualization is a requirement for cloud computing. This is not so. Many clouds, especially private clouds, utilize bare-metal hosts in addition to virtualized hosts. Some applications need the enhanced I/O or processing performance that comes from running on physical hardware. If these applications don’t require the benefits of virtualization (migration, multi-tenancy, etc.), a bare-metal deployment can be best. This trend will continue to grow, as organizations learn to choose the right platform for the right job. Cloud management systems with policy-based optimization can manage heterogeneous hosts inside a single cloud environment, deploying services on physical or virtual hosts as needed...

Data demands, information storage, and cloud computing in 2012

Grazed from Twinstrata.  Author: PR Announcement.

It was nearly a year ago that I predicted 10 hot trends in cloud data for 2012. While there’s a strong temptation to cast old predictions into ancient history and dive into 10 predictions for 2013, I felt it more appropriate to first glance back and reflect on how those past predictions fared.

Much can transpire over the course of 12 months: Hot technologies cool off, fads pass, buzzwords vanish and, of course, some technologies really stick. Without much ado, here are the predicted 2012 trends and how they fared:

1.         Hybrid data storage environments which integrate cloud storage into on-premise IT.

2012 brought key validations by cloud service providers of hybrid storage environments via product roll-outs and acquisitions. These included the introduction of the AWS storage gateway and the acquisition of StorSimple by Microsoft. You’ll hear a lot from us at TwinStrata after the end of this year regarding hybrid cloud storage adoption, so stay tuned...

Cloud computing in 2013: Two warnings

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

These days, I get email after email from anyone and everyone who has predictions for cloud computing in 2013. I've started to delete them without reading any. Why? They all say very obvious and simplistic things around an industry that is very nonobvious and very complex, if you peel back the layers. Worst of all, because most of the predictions come from technology vendors, their forecasts are annoyingly positive.

This is not to say that cloud computing won't have high growth and high energy in 2013 -- it will. However, not everything will be so rosy, and understanding the negative predictions is important for anyone adopting cloud computing. In the spirit of constructive realism, here are my two tragic cloud computing predictions for 2013...

Top 7 storage trends to watch out for in 2013: Symantec

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Editorial Staff.

Symantec foresees several exciting trends in the storage space in the coming year. Here are top seven trends that are set to influence the storage area within the enterprise IT in 2013:

1. Software defined data center becomes the new buzzword

Software defined data centers will take on cloud computing to become the new industry buzzword. In 2013, software defined storage will have significant impact on cloud, appliances and SSDs/Flash storage implementations. Also, commodity hardware, appliances and cloud will become increasingly reliant on smart software that will define and drive the future of data center computing...

7 Predictions for Cloud Computing in 2013 That Make Perfect Sense

Grazed from Forbed. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Every year at this time, analysts, prognosticators and pundits alike try to size up the year ahead in technology. And — no surprise — cloud computing is this year’s hottest topic. Cloud is already a force to be reckoned with on the business technology scene — IT executives, vendors and analysts alike are trying to keep up to determine what it all really means and where it is taking us.

To that end, I culled analysts’ prediction lists for 2013 and identified some practical predictions that are likely to come to pass, if they haven’t done so already. Here are some of the predictions that really make sense:...

Forrester – Cloud Predictions for 2013

Grazed from CloudTimes.  Author: Xath Cruz.

Now that we’re nearing the end of the year, there is one key takeaway from the cloud computing industry: enterprise use has finally arrived. The use of Cloud Computing is no longer hidden from plain sight and IT departments are now very upfront about their company use, resulting in legitimate cloud budgeting taking place. In fact, the latest Forrsights Surveys state that half of all enterprises in North America and Europe are planning to create budgets for cloud related investments in 2013.

This means that cloud usage will finally get real in 2013. It marks the end for all the speculation and the cloudwashing, as corporations and organizations start getting down to the real business of incorporating cloud technology into their formal IT portfolios. Some of the most important predictions about cloud technology in the coming year include:...

Cloud Computing and Big Data in 2013: What's Coming Next?

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Jeremy Geelan.


What changes in the cloud computing and big data landscape should we be expecting in 2013?   In this article we offer a round-up of industry experts' opinions as they were asked by Cloud Expo / BigDataExpo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan to preview the fast-approaching year ahead.

PaaS to the Fore in 2013 | Big Moving Data the Post-Hadoop Era | Mobility | Data Visualization

Jnan Dash@JnanDash  Advisor at Graymatics & Sonata Software

Industry veteran Jnan spent nearly twenty years at Oracle in software development, followed by a decade at Oracle, where he finished up as a Group VP. He is now an advisor to companies who seek to benefit from his wealth of enterprise IT expertise and experience.

  1. Cloud Computing: If 2012 was the year of SaaS, then 2013 will see most activity in PaaS (Platform). The lines between PaaS and IaaS are blurring, just look at the AWS stack. While incumbents are struggling, startups will have advantage.

  2. Big Data: Two major movements going forward to 2013. The onset of the post-Hadoop era. Look at Google's new tools such as Percolator, Pregel, Dremmel and Twitter Storm. Hadoop has batch pedigree and needs to move forward on several fronts. Second big trend is addressing "Data in Motion". Hence analytic tools on moving data will be key new area of focus....

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Cloud Collaboration Tools: Big Hopes, Big Needs

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: TJ Keitt.

The online cloud-based collaboration services market is heating up. Established software vendors -- think Google, Microsoft and IBM, as well as new entrants to the space -- are building impressive client lists that include large enterprises across the vertical spectrum.

This isn't just vendors trying to one-up each other -- there's a real and growing market demand for these tools. A recent Forrester survey found that more than 56% of software decision-makers are using or would use software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings to replace or complement their existing collaboration technology. Why are online collaboration services so appealing? Because SaaS gives business leaders the following three advantages:...

10 ways cloud computing will change in 2013

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Nick Heath.

Enterprise use of cloud services continues to grow - albeit from a small base - and in 2013 analyst house Forrester says many companies will begin deployment of private clouds. As spending on cloud services and platforms picks up, the way businesses use such services will also evolve. Forrester has put together 10 ways its analysts expect attitudes surrounding cloud to change next year.

Business will get real about cloud costs

Organisations will start paying more attention to cloud costs in 2013, Forrester claims. Cloud isn't always cheaper, it's just likely to be cheaper if organisations follow the right use model. To get the best ROI out of cloud services and platforms organisations need to model the cost profile of applications, monitor the resources they use and adjust any deployment to balance cost against performance, according to the analysts.