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5 key trends in cloud computing's future
As we gain experience with the cloud, expect to see centralized trust systems, amazingly large databases, and more
By David Linthicum | InfoWorld
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I was asked to talk about the future of cloud computing at Cloud Expo, taking place this week in Santa Clara, Calif. For those of you not at the show, I identifiedfive key trends to anticipate.
First, the buzzwords "cloud computing" are enmeshed in computing. I'm not sure I ever liked the term, though I've built my career around it for the last 10 years. The concept predated the rise of the phrase, and the concept will outlive the buzzwords. "Cloud computing" will become just "computing" at some point, but it will still be around as an approach tocomputing.
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Second, we're beginning to focus on fit and function, and not the hype. However, Istill see many square cloud pegs going into round enterprise holes. Why? The hype drives the movement to cloud computing, but there is little thought as to the actual fit of the technology. Thus, there is diminished business value and even a failed project or two. We'll find the right fit for this stuff in a few years. We just need to learn from our failures and become better at using clouds.Third, security will move to "centralized trust." This means we'll learn to manage identities within enterprises -- and within clouds. From there we'll create places on the Internet where we'll be able to validate identities, like the DMV validates your license. There will be so many clouds that we'll have to deal with the need for a single sign-on, and identity-based security will become arequirement.
Fourth, centralized data will become a key strategic advantage. We'll get good at creating huge databases in the sky that aggregate valuable information that anybody can use through a publicly accessible API, such as stock market behavior over decades or clinical outcome data to provide better patient care. These databases will use big data technology such as Hadoop, and they will reach sizesonce unheard of.
Fifth, mobile devices will become more powerful and thinner. That's a no-brainer. With the continued rise of mobile computing and the reliance on clouds to support mobile applications, mobile devices will have more capabilities, but the data will live in the cloud. Apple's iCloud is just one example.
That's the top five. Give them at least three years to play out.
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The History and Future of Cloud Computing
Ana Cantu, Dell
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+ Comment nowThough many people tout cloud computing as the next big thing, the idea is almost as old as the computer itself.
The concept was born in the 1960s from the ideas of pioneers like J.C.R. Licklider (instrumental in the development of ARPANET) envisioning computation in the form of a global network and John McCarthy (who coined the term “artificial intelligence”) framing computation as a publicutility. Some of the first uses included the processing of financial transactions and census data.
Flash forward to 1997, when the term “cloud computing” was first used by information systems professor Ramnath Chellappa.
Within just a few years, companies began switching from hardware to cloud services because they were attracted to benefits like a reduction in capital costs as well as an easing...
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