Cloud technology is going to change a lot in the next five years, whether it’s cloud hosting or cloud storage. As a business owner or website manager, right now is the best time to start preparing for the future. According to Forrester Research group, the cloud computer marketing was $35 billion in 2011 and will be $150 billion by 2020. It’s become crucial to the IT infrastructure of many businesses with no signs of slowing down. Obviously, technology will keep pace in order to support cloud tech at a breakneck speed.
Another issue is that by the year 2020 rolls around, there will be an entirely new generation at the helm. New CIO’s will be taking over who never knew life without cloud-based technology. This will make them, and the businesses they manager, easier and quicker to adapt. What can you expect from the future of cloud technology? It’s anyone’s guess, but here are a few of the major expected shifts:
Software separates from hardware
According to a director at HP, John Manley, software is going to completely separate from hardware. There will be more technologies seen as a service rather than a tangible product. “Cloud computing is the final means by which computing becomes invisible,” notes Manley. This means that in five years, the average CIO won’t be able to map out infrastructure, but instead will point to partner providers.
An economist at Hitachi Data Systems, David Merrill, says the average CIO “will be able to say, ‘here are my partner providers’,” but won’t be able to actually diagram how everything ties together. Things will become more abstract and software will be created so that it’s filtered many times before ever coming in contact with hardware.
Enter modular software
There’s going to be a lot of hardware at the helm thanks to cloud technology, and software is going to expand and get more comprehensive. This will lead to a development process for software that’s focused on the modular, such as huge applications brimming over with components that can get modified without needing to stop the entire program. This also means cloud tech will need a renewed approach in order to work with the clouds.
Manley says, “Software has to be thought about differently,” explaining that it’s going to be a major five-year challenge. Not only will applications be cloud-based, but they’ll also need to work with other clouds. This requires a kind of flawless integration that hasn’t been achieved yet.
Software goes social
There will be a modular adjustment, but software will also likely take on social media traits and patterns. Facebook’s reaches are far, and software programs might become automated with only a few pieces of complementary hardware necessary. According to Merrill, “it will be a social media evolution—you will have an infrastructure. It’ll look like a cloud, but we will engineer these things so that a database will ‘like’ a server.”
There will fortunately also be a movement towards more affordable clouds and lower powered processors. With the lates t64-bit ARM chips on the market, that gives techies an idea of where we’re headed. It means an uptake in acceleration which will let companies cut down their bills. Of course, all of this futuristic technology is still going to rely on cloud hosting and servers that are managed remotely. Don’t forget about the solid foundations when getting caught up in oohing and ahh-ing over the latest advances—without structure, it’s all for naught.