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Gartner: Five Cloud Computing Trends to Watch

by: Sarah Joson

Thursday, April 12, 2012 | Outsourcing News |

Cloud computing is definitely one of the fastest growing processes being adapted by numerous companies all over the world. Any mismanagement of the cloud can be detrimental to a business’ image, budget, and sales prospects. Regular system maintenance and constant updates are crucial so that the cloud solution remains relevant. But how can a business do all of those when the cloud is extremely far-reaching and is constantly changing?

Gartner Fellow and Vice-president David Cearley explains that cloud computing has in fact broken through several businesses in various industries. It is an IT platform that enables companies to monitor, control, and implement business processes, mostly via the Internet. This would mean a flexible IT operational environment with less dependence on traditional software and hardware licensing models.


Cloud computing trends

In an article posted at Gartner.com, experts at the renowned IT research company said businesses and individuals should think ahead and look at the trends when it comes to creating cloud strategies.

Careful examination of cloud benefits and challenges
Buyers tend to become overwhelmed by the slew of benefits that the cloud has to offer, some of which are more flexible environment, reduced operational costs, and simpler processes. It also enables business owners to shift focus to other high-end IT processes, as well as make way for business improvements. But with several challenges that buyers will inevitably deal with, they should expect longer waiting time for contracts to be final, because they now have to really consider the possible obstacles such as data security, quality, lock-in clauses, etc.

Fusion of internal applications and cloud services
Since there are several types of cloud services (public and private) and companies have varying requirements, it will not be long before applications and services are mixed and matched by buyers. Gartner says it is more ideal to look for short-term solutions, integrating application and data, and creating a hybrid setup where internal applications are linked to external ones.

Cloud Service Brokerage
Since buyers don’t usually know where to find the best deals for cloud services, having cloud services brokerage (CSB) will make things easier for vendors and clients. Gartner says CSB will be more popular in the next few years as more and more businesses consider the cloud solution.

Creating an allowance for the adoption of cloud computing
Expect the cloud to proliferate more. If you are a business owner, would you like to be left behind? Of course not! A lot of businesses will eventually discover the benefits of the cloud approach. However, it is essential to note that there are certain factors to take into account when it comes to developing cloud-centric applications. Consider not only the benefits but also the scope and limitations of this business solution.

Cloud computing on data centers for flexibility
Cloud computing involves the enterprise as the buyer and the cloud services vendor managing the data center and operational models. As the enterprise establishes its own data center, there will come a time when it will be influenced by the implementation models of the service provider. Enterprises are advised to make use of cloud concepts to future data centers for flexibility and operational efficiency.

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