In December 2011 Gartner and IDC released their latest cloud computing (and Big Data) statistics and predictions for 2012 through 2016. It’s always interesting to see what the major research companies are saying about our field, or even an area that interests you. Take a peak at three of their predictions below and find out what they think is in store for cloud computing:
“[In 2012,] 80% of new commercial enterprise apps will be deployed on cloud platforms” (IDC).
Depending on what they mean by “commercial enterprise” this could seem like a fairly unreasonable number. But looking at the already rise in start-ups using cloud platforms exclusively, and enterprises launching non-mission-critical apps (or just ones not containing sensitive data) it seems like this could be exactly where everyone is headed. Also, just by looking at most of the recent start-up success stories and what platforms they were using, I think we can expect to see more new faces rushing to the same location in hopes of gaining the same success.
“By 2016, 40 percent of enterprises will make proof of independent security testing a precondition for using any type of cloud service” (Gartner).
I wouldn’t be surprised is this happened before 2016, after all the safer a cloud is the more willing people are to deploy mission critical data. Gartner also suggested that there will be a third-party certification process, this could be a great way for cloud providers to prove just how secure they are.
“At year-end 2016, more than 50 percent of Global 1000 companies will have stored customer-sensitive data in the public cloud” (Gartner).
Gartner’s prediction behind this was the cost savings benefits for the companies. But, it goes along with the previous prediction as well, again people are more likely to head to the cloud once they know it’s completely secure (and have proof).
To see the rest of Gartner’s predictions click over to the “Gartner Predicts 2012” homepage.