Cloud Computing: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report

I’ve embedded my Cloud Computing: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report from Slideshare below.  This HorizonWatching Trend Report provides an overview on the Cloud Computing trend and what to watch out for in 2013. Summary information about the Cloud Computing trend is provided along with many links to additional resources.

The cloud computing ‘buzz’ and “hype” is subsiding and there is focus now on how to leverage the technology for business value.  The three main types of clouds are private, public, and hybrid.  All three of these types of clouds are expected to grow significantly in 2013 as enterprises move from experimentation to implementing application solutions.  2013 will bring continued growth in all types of public, private and hybrid clouds.

Trends for Cloud Computing in 2013

  1. Growth:  Growth continues across the board in public, private, and hybrid clouds as benefits are too good to pass up.
  2. Private Clouds: The hype is over. Expect deployments to increase significantly in 2013.
  3. Hybrid Clouds:  Security and outages of public clouds drives demand.
  4. Public Clouds:  Competitors wishing to compete against Amazon in IaaS market must differentiate their services somehow.
  5. Mobile Clouds:  A whole new generation of cloud apps designed for mobile work force.
  6. Local Clouds:  Some clouds need to be managed at the local level in country (e.g. Finance & HR).
  7. Cloud Integration and Management:  IT shops will need help integrating and managing the growing number of Clouds used throughout the enterprise.
  8. Cloud Security:   IT departments need to stay on top of this.  Expect the market for Cloud Security Services to grow thanks in part to growth of BYO devices and apps. 
  9. Demand for Skills:  According to an IDC study, the demand for cloud computing will grow at six times the rate of IT skills overall.
  10. Impact on Role of CIO and IT Staff:  CIOs  need to secure, manage, and govern cloud services.  Gartner sees a new role – Cloud Brokerage Services.

Cloud Computing: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report