Cloud Computing's Sunny 2014 Forecast

Cloud Computing Comes in Many Shades

Microsoft Azure, Google, Rackspace and other cloud providers followed suit and matched Amazon's prices, Bensonoff said. "This trend will continue throughout the year and beyond," he said, and this is good news for small businesses. "With falling prices, business can take advantage of storage and computing available in the cloud." Cloud security In another growing trend in cloud computing, users have increasing concerns about compliance issues and how businesses are protected from prying eyes. "[Security] is a major factor when choosing a cloud vendor or deciding whether or not to move into the cloud," Bensonoff said. Security concerns include regulatory matters. Cloud providers must ensure that they themselves, along with the services they provide, comply with regulations such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), SarbanesOxley Act (SOX) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Security and privacy are repeated concerns when you talk about cloud computing. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and PCI (Payment Card Industry) illustrate those two items as being the biggest barrier to deploying the cloud, followed by cost and time involved. Grant Kirkwood of Unitas Global a provider of enterprise private cloud and IT outsourcing solutions, pointed out the irony of the cloud we have come full circle, what was an old approach in technology is new again. On topic, he said wireless raises challenges, such as spikes in loads and performance. He cited the need to build infrastructure as evidenced by 100,000 plus users at CES and the slow delivery times we all experienced at the show.