As 2014 has come to an end, Gartner and IDC have come up with their own technological trends for 2015. Gartner has released its annual list of the top 10 strategic technology trends they say organizations should keep their eye on. IDC has released its own future forecast: “IDC Worldwide Predictions 2015: Accelerating Innovation on the 3rd Platform.” The 3rd Platform is the concept of the next generation of software founded on cloud computing, Big Data, mobile devices and social media. As a hosting provider how should you be prepared and what technological trends you should follow? We at dropmysite believe that the importance and prospects of cloud services such as IaaS will continue to dominate in 2015.
The prowess of Cloud Computing
Cloud storage and cloud hosting is here to stay and is set to boom in 2015. This is due to a plethora of ancillary and complementary services that favors an environment of dynamic and scalable nature. Both Gartner and IDC acknowledge that there will be a spike in the number of devices such as wearable’s, phablets, and others. Mobile device and app sales will reach $484 billion in 2015, according to IDC, accounting for 40% of IT spending growth. The predictions identified IoT as one of the most important factors for growth of the 3rd Platform in 2015. What this means for the hosting industry is that with a surge of mobile devices, there will be a great demand for small (but scalable) websites from small to medium businesses globally. Customers now have an option to browse through a catalogue of services which has been made available through the internet all at the user’s finger tips. New personalized mobile apps will continue to emerge to provide customer loyalty and to improve customer satisfaction.
These factors will greatly influence the amount of storage required on the cloud. Scalable and DIY nature of cloud computing makes it ideal for these applications to be hosted entirely on the cloud. In order to keep up with changing demands of digital business, Gartner says computing needs to move away from static to dynamic models to scale systems up or down. This will be fuelled by declining network and bandwidth cost. IDC predicted PaaS, SaaS and IaaS services will remain a hotbed of activity in 2015, with $118 billion in spending. IaaS adoption is projected for the highest growth (36%) as new competitors take on AWS.
2014 has greatly publicized a number of security vulnerabilities of the cloud. Gartner mentions that all roads to the digital future lead through security. Once organizations realize it’s impossible to provide a 100% secured environment, they can begin to apply more sophisticated risk assessment and mitigation tools. Gartner’s report predicts that the total cloud security market will grow from estimated $2.1 billion to $3.1 billion in 2015, an almost 33% increase. Gartner also predicts some trends that will drive the increase in cloud security. Gartner noted that cloud-based security-as-a-service will become more popular with organizations’ IT departments as they gain more experience with cloud-based SaaS options.
At Dropmysite we will continue to build our products with a security first mentality with features such as military grade encryption techniques for all data at rest and in transit. We will continue to add new security features and products that not only protect our partner’s customer’s data but will allow customers to quickly and safely recover from disaster events whether these events are a result of hacking or accidental incidents.