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2014 forecast for cloud computing

Sharon Florentine, Thor Olavsrud | Jan. 2, 2014
Cloud computing has proven to be one of the great disruptive technologies of our time, and the effects of its increasing adoption and maturation will ripple out through 2014. Here are 10 predictions for how the cloud will impact IT in the coming year.

"We think a lot about analytics and the need that all businesses have for analytics," he adds. "We see a lot of internal usage and across the entire industry the notion that businesses can mine very useful information from the vast data sets they have is a big deal."

He notes that providers will put forth a range of offerings in 2014 that range from the building blocks of analytics solutions to full turnkey services.

10. Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Comes Into Its Own

M2M communication is poised to change our world in a big way, and the cloud is set to play a big role in that transformation in 2014.

"When you start thinking about the so-called Internet of Things, the number of connected devices already greatly exceeds the number of people in the world," Considine says. "How do you deal with that? How do you manage those devices over time? That becomes a problem of distribution. How do you collect or concentrate the data and how do you push that data out into the world? You need a lot of technology to do that. The cloud provides some very powerful capabilities."

Verizon says that the combination of ubiquitous 4G LTE wireless service and M2M solutions as a service-on demand, over the Internet-along with strong security will help organizations decide that it's time to embrace M2M.


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