Enterprises have started to explore the benefits of cloud to their advantage as far as business intelligence (BI) in big data is concerned. In spite of doubts and questions with compliance and cloud computing security, this year 2013 is witnessing cloud computing as a vehicle for big data analytics.
Big Data and Cloud computing- Top Technology trends for 2013
Gartner, Inc. has listed big data and cloud technologies as trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2013. A strategic technology according to Gartner is one with a significant impact on the enterprise or a high potential of impacting the IT or the businesses in the next three years. Businesses are producing enormous amount of data on a daily business. Big Data is complex set of databases which could be researched and analyzed for making market predictions, business intelligence and development. But the process of extracting business information from complex set of data is a complicated process and requires highly efficient computing power. Opportunities of extracting business value from big data could be efficiently implemented by leveraging cloud computing solutions. Cloud Computing accelerates the analysis of Big Data and formulating decisions and facts as access to high computing resources is quite natural with cloud computing.
Personal Computer (PC) to Personal Cloud (PC)
The PC will be replaced by the Personal Cloud and individuals would keep their data in it, accessing their services and personal preferences. It will host a unique collection of services, web destinations and connectivity and be the hub through which they will connect to other digital devices. The personal cloud will definitely shift the focus to cloud-based services that are delivered across devices.
Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing
The general diktat to IT staff across many enterprises has been to do more with less. This has resulted in concerned departments playing multiple roles in IT-related activities, and cloud computing has taken that change to another level. Another recent survey conducted by Gartner shows internal CSB (cloud services brokerage) role as an emerging trend in the organizations. There is an increased responsibility on IT organizations to help improve the provisioning and consumption of complex cloud services for both internal users and external business partners. Big Data has gradually started influencing on enterprises’ strategic information architecture by dealing with volume, variety, and complexity of data thus forcing changes to existing approaches. This present approach of single enterprise data warehouse containing all the information needed is being gradually replaced by multiple systems that include content management and data warehouses which is the logical (cloud) enterprise data warehouse.
IT managers should watch out for the following cloud computing trends for the remaining part of 2013, as they plan for the coming year:
Backing up data to the public cloud:
IT departments have been looking at private cloud solutions as an extension of their virtual infrastructures. Here the VMware environment works with a local backup solution. This challenge of backing up your data when it is in the public cloud, on which you have no control, needs to be addressed.
Disaster recovery as a service:
Using the public cloud storage for backup and Disaster Recovery, is viable as a best practice for a wide range of companies and this area is gaining traction as organizations look for cost-effective ways to implement a Disaster Recovery strategy.
Putting de-duplication with cloud data protection:
Data needs to be de-duplicated before it is sent to cloud storage as it results in saving costs and time. Therefore the services that aren’t designed to optimize de-duplication will find it hard to compete this year.