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2014 Cloud Computing Predictions Round-Up – Part 2

Cloud computing will become mainstream; Microsoft and Google get serious about the cloud

As promised in our earlier post, here are the final predictions we saw making the rounds in the blogosphere at the start of the year.

3 [More] Cloud Predictions of 2014:

  1. Cloud computing will become mainstream.
  2. Bring-your-own-encryption will dominate the security discussion in 2014
  3. Microsoft and Google get serious about the cloud

"We'll continue to call it "cloud" for some time to come," says Joe McKendrick in Forbes, "and vendors will continue to pitch it as "cloud," but it's now the mainstream. We've seen this before. In the early 1990s, there was client/server computing, in which PCs were provided access to larger back-end systems. Then, it was Internet computing, in which applications and data were exposed through websites. We still have mobile computing, but the act of using smartphones to access back-end applications and data is simply being thought of as computing as well."

"One of the top trending inquiry topics hitting our cloud and security analysts lately are about cloud encryption solutions for AWS and Salesforce.com," says Forrester's James Staten over on ZDNet.  Others agree, explaining why "Cloud Security" predictions abound. Staten goes on to say that "Cloud security will be much more centralized and automated.  If you're resisting the cloud because of security concerns, you're running out of excuses. The leading public cloud providers have made strong gains in security and compliance, and there are few workloads completely off-limits for public cloud anymore."

Many are predicting that Microsoft will get more serious about the cloud. Amazon dominated the cloud news in 2013, but 2014 will be a good year for Microsoft and Google, said Dan Sullivan on Search Cloud Computing.  "Microsoft is paving the way for hybrid clouds with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack.  By the end of 2014, we should have a better understanding of good practices for managing workloads across hybrid Azure clouds.

Bernard Golden on CIO echoes the sentiment. "In a way, AWS has had a free ride to this point. Most of its competition has come from the hosting world, and, as noted, is unable to take a software approach to the domain. The inevitable result: AWS has improved, and grown, much more rapidly than other CSPs. That unopposed free run will end in 2014. Both Google and Microsoft have AWS in their crosshairs and are rolling out serious competitive offerings, designed for an all-out battle royale."

Finally, be sure to check out AppZero CEO Greg O'Connor's predictions about "Legacy Modernization" as a priority in 2014, "Executive Viewpoint 2014 Prediction: AppZero Ranks Modernization as Top Priority for any Enterprise IT Department." With 10+million Windows Servers running WS2003, which reaches end of support next year, enterprises need a plan to move their WS 2003 production applications onto a newer platform or accept the risks of running on an unsupported OS.

More Stories By Adine Deford

Adine Deford is the CMO for AppZero – the fastest and most flexible way to move workloads across clouds and datacenter servers, without re-engineering, re-installation, or lock-in. With more than two decades of technology marketing experience, she has a deep understanding of the power of “trigger events” in launching disruptive technologies. She predicts that the end of life for Windows Server 2003 scheduled for July 2015, will be the event that puts application migration, particularly cloud migration on the map. You can follow her on Twitter at @AdineDeford.