2010 Shapes up as an Exciting Year for Cloud Computing
Please find following a handful of anticipated trends for the year:
- The price of cloud computing and SaaS continues to be slashed – discounting was the norm as major vendors and developers aggressively build scale. Recent examples include Amazon EC2 cut prices up to 15% in November, Google cut its Picasa photo storage pricing from $20 to $5 for a year and Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite, which includes the SaaS versions of Exchange, went from $15 a month per user to $10.
- The main inhibitor to cloud adoption continues to be security – in March, a broad range of companies, both vendors and cloud users, formed the Cloud Security Alliance to create a consensus regarding security. Users can also expect to see technologies that enable cloud providers to meet different customer security requirements. There may also be a push for regulatory changes that take into account cloud services.
- Simpler, more complete management – look out this year for simple sets of tools to manage all of your applications
- Blaming communication breakdown for Cloud failure will no longer be acceptable
- Simpler Pricing: 2010 may see a proliferation of “all-you-can-eat pricing models,” where a user contracts for a set number of hours that includes a range of services, said Ahmar Abbas, senior vice president of remote infrastructure management at CSS Corp., an IT services and consulting firm in San Jose, Calif.
Lets see what develops…..