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2014 Cloud Services Trends

Consumers can expect cloud services to transform the way they do business in 2014

The major strides achieved in IT in 2013 are possibly a hint of what to expect in 2014. The leading players are expected to introduce new and advanced cloud-based solutions, and at the same time keep testing, improving the efficiency of the existing services. Here are some of our top predictions for cloud services in 2014:

1. Hybrid cloud services
The raging debate over which cloud service - private vs. public - is superior and/or suitable for enterprise IT architecture might finally be settled. The rapid growth in hybrid cloud solutions, which are essentially a combination of the two main architectures, is expected to provide an answer for businesses that have hitherto been reluctant to adopt cloud computing. On the one hand, hybrid cloud services offer the same cost-effective, scalable and powerful benefits as public cloud services. On the other, the hybrid architecture offers the high level of security similar to that of private clouds. As such, we foresee a significant growth in the use of hybrid clouds in enterprise IT since they enable businesses to implement a wide range of customizable solutions without sacrificing the security of their data and/or networks.

2. The growth of web-powered Apps
Some of the main benefits that have led to the growth of cloud computing over the years are the efficiency and scalability that it offers. However, the limited number of cloud-based applications, as well as the limitations in the available, vendor-specific apps has hampered the adoption of cloud services. It is this realization that is driving developers to come up with platform-agnostic cloud-based apps. In 2014, we expect most of the apps, particularly those based on HTML5 and JavaScript, to give a new lease of life to the Web; the internet is likely to become the main platform for hosting cloud-based apps for enterprises.

3. The expansion of BYOD and personal cloud solutions
Many organizations have slowly adopted the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach, whereby they allow their workers to access company applications, files, emails, databases, and other company resources using their personal devices. This approach is quite beneficial for users who would rather not lug around more than one device, i.e., have separate devices for personal and business use. BYOD enables users to maintain one set of files, calendars and contacts. In 2014, more and more companies are expected to join the BYOD movement, hence leading to the rapid expansion of personal cloud services.

4. Growth of Platform-as-a-Service
Over the past few years, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) has experienced a gradual acceptance among companies in the different industries. This is not expected to change anytime soon; 2014 looks promising for PaaS, owing to the wide variety of benefits that it offers - including faster application development and lower IT costs.

5. Growth of Graphics as a Service (GaaS)
Many companies are no longer willing to bear the high cost of setting up the massive hardware and software infrastructure that is required for processing high-end graphic and other resource-intensive applications. Fortunately, providers such as NVIDIA and AMD have introduced cloud-based solutions to offer the kind of processing power required to help companies address such challenges. With GaaS, companies are able to run resource-intensive graphic applications without having to invest in the costly hardware. This cloud service is likely to grow in 2014.

Summary
Overall, consumers can expect cloud services to transform the way they do business in 2014. Some of the industry leaders have already rolled out cloud-based applications that integrate seamlessly with a variety of end-user applications across the major industries.

For more tips and information on cloud services, visit www.governorsolutions.com or find more articles such as these: Why cloud computing is necessary for small businesses, How Cloud Computing Can Benefit Your Business & Document Imaging Solutions Trends.

More Stories By Brittany Yanos

Brittany Yanos is a current student at the University of Michigan and working for Governor Business Solutions as the Digital Marketing Analyst. Over the past year, she has been blogging for Governor Business Solutions, focusing on several different topics. Topics such as: Barcode technology, Cloud Computing, Managed Print Solutions, Document Security, Imaging Solutions, printers (Wide Format, LaserJet, Multi-Function Printers, and Printer Repair). Find out more about Brittany on her LinkedIn, here.

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