Cloud computing in 2013: a conversation with Appcore's CEO

Many hold opinions about what is going to happen in the cloud computing market in the coming year. Brian Patrick Donaghy, CEO of Appcore, offered five things he believes are in store for us in 2013

Brian Patrick Donaghy, CEO of Appcore, reached out to me to discuss the five things he expected to see in the cloud computing market in 2013. Since his company is in the business of providing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) tools, it appeared to be an excellent opportunity to discuss what Appcore has learned from its customers' experiences using cloud computing.

In the end, the conversation turned into a rambling discussion of the history of computing, how technology is adopted around the world, and was great fun. Thanks Brian!

Five cloud computing trends for 2013

Here's what Brian Donaghy had to say about what we're going to see in 2013

  1. Local Cloud Networks Emerge

    Solving issues of trust, proximity, and data sovereignty, Local Cloud Networks are public and private infrastructure clouds delivered by your nearby internet provider, telco, MSO, and datacenter.
  2. Business Consumerization of Enterprise IT Provisioning and Usage

    Orchestrated private cloud gives IT Dept a generalized infrastructure where they can set policy, security, and charge back. Enterprise appstores with internal apps, virtual desktops, and servers give the business consumer access and ease of use.
  3. Asia leaps from Dedicated Servers to Cloud Servers

    Skipping the pure virtualization phase, enterprise and ISVs in Asia – especially the ASEAN countries will move to private and public orchestrated infrastructure. Similar to the jumps in telecommunication technology where countries skipped landline build out and CDMA, companies will skip the virtualization stage the US and Europe experienced.
  4. Private and Virtual Private Cloud Adoption moves into Early Majority Stage in US

    With all the publicity surrounding cloud, one would think everyone is already using it. However, we are still in the beginning of the migration. Similar to the adoption path of Linux in 90’s, SaaS in the 00’s, and now Cloud in the 10’s we will cross Moore’s chasm into the Early Majority Stage.
  5. Community Clouds Advance

    A Community Cloud is a multi-tenant infrastructure that supports a specific group of users by industry or geography. Great examples are a private HIPAA compliant cloud hosted for a group of hospitals and clinics; or a cloud hosted on a fiber ring dedicated just to connected companies; or a Telco Community Cloud provided specifically for telco DR to meet specific FCC regulations.

Snapshot analysis

Cloud computing offers much promise, but is not a panacea. Depending upon one's views on what cloud computing really is, Brian seems to have highlighted some key trends. Will everything he suggestions actually happen in the coming year? We'll all have to wait and see.

What is clear is that the adoption of cloud computing is occurring at a reasonable pace because organizations seek cost reduction, greater agility and ways to reduce the risk of making a capital purchase when the justification might not be solid enough for upper levels of management.  Acquiring access to cloud services or building a shared community cloud service provider appears to be an approach many are taking.


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