Cloud trends to look out for in 2014

Cloud trends to look out for in 2014

With cloud computing establishing itself as one of the biggest tech trends in 2013, it seems a safe bet to expect further growth over the course of the next 12 months, with more and more companies beginning to recognise the benefits of an off-site data storage solution.

As the rate of adoption increases, it could signal a number of noticeable trends.

A recent article by CIO.com suggests that there is no longer a question of 'if' companies are now going to adopt the cloud, it is more a question of 'how'.

One of the trends that it outlines is the fact that more people will recognise the differences between public, private, and hybrid cloud deployments.

It claims the next 12 months will see the market become better segmentated, as well as a better level of education about which type of cloud works best for certain companies.

Another key finding to be outlined was the changing role of the chief information officer (CIO). In the past, CIOs held a traditional protective role over the rest of the network.

There is therefore set to be a greater level of pressure placed on workers in such roles to reinvent themselves in order to ensure that their role remains relevant.

One of the main concerns for CIOs will be the concept of security and control of company data, which has already got many people talking in recent weeks, partially due to the revelations involving Edward Snowden and the NSA.

Concepts such as data encryption are set to become more of a consideration for businesses looking to implement a cloud system.

One of the main concerns is preventing the malicious or accidental loss of confidential information, with more CIOs set to greater steps to ensure that the cloud's security features, which are often provided by the vendors themselves fit into the infrastructure of their own individual companies.