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Data and security among top cloud predictions for 2014

Tue 1 Apr 2014

8217;. And, of course, the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, HP and Google are ones to watch, but there are other areas of cloud computing that will rise up the business agenda over the coming year.

Ok, so less of a prediction than a ‘stating the obvious’ but big data will continue to be a major factor for businesses looking to store, process, analyse and leverage it effectively in real or near real time. And the plethora of data currently available is only likely to rise thanks to ongoing technological developments, particularly with regards to the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile and social media.

Phil Worms, director of marketing at Iomart Group, highlighted this point: “Mobility has led to a tsunami of information/data being fed back centrally to an organisation and IT departments are struggling to store, process and make sense of it all.

“This situation will only worsen. That stated, businesses should not be focussed on the hype or issues offered by ‘big data’ but rather on accelerating their data strategies from deduplication through to asynchronous backup. Businesses will concentrate on and invest heavily in making sense of their data through deep dive analysis while turning to cost effective cloud solutions for their long-term, high-volume storage and disaster recovery needs,” he added.

The security of data in the cloud is a perennial issue and continuously sparks turf wars between private and public cloud service providers. It also poses one of the most common barriers to cloud adoption among businesses. Forrester predicts several cloud security issues will become high on businesses’ agendas in 2014, as highlighted in a recent blog post by James Staten, Forrester’s Vice President, principal analyst serving infrastructure and operations professionals.

Staten points out how the rise of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) means security is shifting beyond the perimeters of a business. He suggests businesses need to move “from protecting networks and devices, to protecting the data with a Zero Trust security model.” Staten also flags centralised and automated cloud security, and bring-your-own-encryption as two further issues that will dominate security discussions in 2014.

While cloud adoption still represents a massively varied landscape, businesses are waking up to the fact that it’s not new technology anymore. Director of cloud & hosting services at Timico, Colin Bell, predicts one of the biggest shifts in 2014 will be “the end-of-the-cloud over-hype”. Bell comments: “This is not a new technology anymore and is far from being revolutionary as there is now an expectation that businesses will virtualise whether in private or multi-tenanted environment. This acceptance means customers will be more savvy in their decisions and questioning, allowing the best providers to rise to the top.”

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