Smartphones and tablets are a hot commodity these days, but sales may climb even higher in 2013 thanks to the bundling of personal cloud computing services. In an interview with CIO.com, IDC research director Matthew Oostveen said Windows Phone and Android tablet sales are expected to spike as the cloud plays a larger role in personal and professional tasks. Companies need to have security policies ready for employees that will be bringing and uses these devices at the office.
“Software as a Service deployment models have been rapidly taken up," Oostveen said, according to this website. "Research shows that by 2014, 80 percent of new software will be available via a cloud. The reason for this, of course, is to associate the need for applications and data and workloads on the move this mobile workforce is going to have."
Telsyte senior analyst Rodney Gedda said the trend in consumerization will continue onto software, as a bring your own application trend will fuel this. He told CIO.com that more people will be sophisticated in their use of the cloud to adapt popular applications for essential business processes.
Another expert, Gartner fellow David Cearley, said he believes more people will look to house their data in private clouds to view their information on devices which should work to enable mobility on a greater level, according to the website
"The personal cloud will gradually replace the PC as the location where individuals keep their personal content, access their services and personal preferences and centre their digital lives," Cearley added. "It will be the glue that connects the web of devices they choose to use during different aspects of their daily lives. Users will see it as a portable, always-available place where they go for all their digital needs."
Where the cloud will head in the next year
Beyond consumerization, the cloud should see plenty of changes on its own, as Wired.com predicts that the majority of the country will start to see the adoption of cloud computing. The website also believes that the rapid growth of the cloud in industry will present multiple new opportunities for small and midsize businesses, with the early adopters of the technology seeing the greatest benefit. With all of these developments converging on the modern workplace simultaneously, companies should be establishing strong cloud security fundamentals before getting more ambitious with the powerful technology.