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Enterprise Cloud Trends

The cloud is starting to make sense in that market sector

2012 proved to be the year that’s been predicted for almost half a decade now: enterprises are turning in droves to cloud computing solutions. With the rapid growth and acceptance of robust open source solutions like Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and others, the cloud is starting to make sense in that market sector.

Accordingly, here are some trends we think we’re likely to see over the next three to five years in the enterprise cloud space:

  1. The growth of the hybrid cloud. According to one study about half of all of the new money enterprises spend on IT by 2015 will be on hybrid cloud technology. Another 40% of funds will be on pure cloud solutions. Third party integrators will increase support and offerings for hybrid solutions, because let’s face it: not everything you want exists in the public cloud.
  2. Integration of social and the cloud. Up to this point, social technologies have more or less been asymmetrical with business intelligence. Business intelligence feeds are in a separate dashboard from social tools. We’re going to see more social business intelligence going forward.
  3. Addressing the global-local problem. While the U.S. has accepted cloud very strongly, some other nations have stricter data privacy laws that require data to be kept locally, within their own jurisdiction. That’s already picking up in Latin America, and Europe is on the way, too. Certain parts of the cloud must be managed locally because of reporting and compliance issues, so those kinds of solutions are on the horizon.
  4. Cloud security for the whole enterprise. Mission-critical apps and data that’s highly sensitive have often been kept out of the cloud. As more and more of these types of data move closer to the cloud, additional security layers need to continue to expand.
  5. The green cloud. Many enterprises have aggressive green initiatives, and their cloud solutions need to fit in there somewhere. Look for cloud offerings that provide greater service levels on a “cleaner” basis.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.