The impact of cloud computing has been felt in businesses across industries worldwide. And, according to one expert, the technology is showing no signs of letting up.
Speaking at the recent Cisco Live event in San Diego, California, Dave Evans, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group futurist and chief technologist, identified the cloud as one of the 10 technologies to shape not only IT departments in the next decade, but the world.
"Already, the cloud is powerful enough to help us communicate through real-time language translation, increase our knowledge from access to powerful supercomputers, such as Wolfram Alpha, and improve our health using computing platforms like IBM's Watson in new ways," Evans said, according to a Network World report. "We're able to communicate in much richer ways."
In additional to communication capabilities, Evans noted the cloud will be an important tool for handling the influx of data that companies generate. In recent years, businesses' reliance on new technologies, such as smartphones and web-based videoconferencing services, has created a "zettaflood" of data. While the benefits of using such technologies are apparent, managing this data growth can be challenging for a company.
By utilizing the cloud, however, handling data growth may prove to be easier than with on-premise solutions. According to the news provider, Cisco predicts one-third of all data will pass through the cloud by 2020. With the cloud, businesses may find their data management responsibilities simplified, as a cloud vendor will generally be better prepared to handle such a demanding task.
At the same time, businesses that do choose to move data management services to the cloud must be mindful of cloud computing's security and data ownership implications. As a recent study from nCircle revealed, 68 percent of surveyed businesses harbor concerns about the cloud's security.
This suggests that, even as the technology continues to mature, steps are needed to ensure security.