The Cloudy Horizon for 2013: 10 Predictions

8. Mobile will Drive Cloud Further Toward “Atomized” Services

The web is in our pockets. More people worldwide are using mobile devices to access the internet, meaning more and more data will be stored and accessed in the cloud.

“Today’s mobile applications have proven the value that atomization (delivering small, limited – or even single – function applications) delivers to both the app consumer and the app provider,” said Watt. It’s a trend he sees occuring to applications in general. “In addition more applications will be architected specifically for cloud computing. These cloud architected applications will exploit the increased resilience, agility, and performance cloud computing can offer.”

9. A Move from Alternative to Main, from Conceptual to Actual

Tier 3 predicts that Enterprises will move from pilots to projects, and that architecture takes a front seat. “Companies now understand the value proposition and risks of cloud. Architecture expertise will be in demand as companies look to effectively design their network and storage landscape to take advantage of distributed cloud services,” Tier 3 predicts.

“In 2013, I believe we’ll reach a point where enterprises and Internet companies will have a clearer view of how best to combine solutions to solve their real-world problems using the cloud ecosystem,” said SoftLayer’s Skarda.  “As cloud infrastructure and applications mature, users will seek more robust solutions that enable them to move from their own datacenters, more effectively manage big data and gain business agility.”

10. Open Clouds

An open approach to cloud will be the way of the future. Nati Shalom, CTO of GigaSpaces likes the promise of open clouds.

“There’s no arguing that Amazon has been the alpha dog of the IaaS market, with even its closest competitor – Rackspace not posing much of a threat,” writes Shalom. “But lo and behold, enter Google and Microsoft – who just might have what it takes to gain some real market share from Amazon, all depending on whether they take advantage of the opportunity at hand and maneuver correctly.  The more exciting trend though IMO, is the actual viability of real production-grade open source alternatives.  Until recently, OpenStack was unable to properly compete with the leading IaaS vendors due to a lack of maturity –but now with numerous GAed (General Availability) cloud offerings by large enterprises and cloud vendors– from Rackspace through HP, and more to come – and even more importantly a real enterprise client reference, Cisco’s Webex, the open source coalition behind OpenStack has a real disruptive technology in its hands.  And let’s not forget the possibilities at hand when considering the convergence of network and applications – innovation in infrastructure utilization can now be taken to a whole new level.”

Engates says 2012 was just the beginning for OpenStack. “Today there are more than 6,000 contributing developers with 850 organizations participating in the initiative,” he writes. “The OpenStack community has grown to include marquee technology companies like EMC and VMware. And 2013 is where OpenStack will really hit its stride. At Rackspace, we launched our open cloud built on OpenStack this year. Next year, the innovation around OpenStack will continue to rapidly expand; at Rackspace and dozens of other cloud providers. More companies and individuals will be involved in making OpenStack the true Linux of the cloud. OpenStack sparked a revolution in 2012, and that torch will be carried through 2013 as openness becomes one of the main tenets of cloud computing.”

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About the Author

Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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  1. Be careful of #1. As colo providers develop cloud offerings, they compete with their best customers. As cloud providers build data centers, will they have the expertise to do it right? Data center providers should focus on designing, building, and operating world-class facilities. Cloud providers should focus on delivering seamless servers, storage, and network capacity. Better to do one thing well than lots of things poorly. In 2013 the lines between colo and cloud will not blur -- they will become more clear. The auto mechanic that fixes my car can probably redo my kitchen, but I'd rather hire a specialist for each!