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Cloud computing trends examined

Ovum has published three new cloud computing reports. These are:

  • ‘2013 Trends to Watch: Private and Public Clouds’
    This drills downs into private and public cloud trends as well as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS) trends.
  • ‘2013 Trends to Watch: Cloud Services’
    Looks at cloud computing from the point of view of IT service providers.
  • ‘2013 Trends to Watch: Cloud Computing’
    Looks at the way cloud service providers and consumers adapt to cloud computing both on their own and as part of increasingly sophisticated cloud ecosystems.

Key findings include:

2013 will see the emergence of cloud computing ecosystem.
Public clouds are increasingly approached not only as technology delivery platforms but also as ‘ecosystem hubs’ for cloud service providers and consumers.

Data will be the new cloud computing oil in 2013.
Cloud computing services, and the (social, mobile) applications that cloud platforms underpin, generate a lot of data, which in turn requires cloud services and applications to make sense of it.

This trend connects with and fuels other industry trends such as the Internet of things (machine-to-machine communication and data processing, cloud computing-based smart cities, TVs or cars projects), open government data, consumerisation of IT (with a variety of cross-device content centric public clouds, such as the one provided by Apple), and, last but not least, big data.

The market’s attention, under the big data banner, is currently mostly focused on technology issues, but from 2013 onward from a cloud computing perspective there will be growing interest in the cultural shift required by vendors and enterprises to turn data into a resource to manage and monetize, starting with data abstraction (from underlying IT systems), sharing (within and outside the enterprise), and valuation (via a model from companies such as Accenture).

www.ovum.com

•Date: 18th Jan 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

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