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Where Will the Cloud Go in 2014?

Posted by QuoteColo on January 09, 2014 - Updated on January 06, 2014

where will the cloud go in 2014

This time of the year is always packed with articles summarizing the past year or predicting the year to come. If you happen to wander over to Twitter and do a controlled hashtag search for anything web hosting related, you will find a plethora of content predicting the year to come in Cloud Hosting or VPS hosting.

Here is the thing though: the vast majority of those articles are nonsense, full of ill-fated predictions which, when looked back on, will look silly to the reader. Some people might call Nostradamus a man who knew a thing or two about the future, we don’t. The only truth we can tell you about the Cloud in 2014 is that we don’t know what Cloud Computing will bring us in 2014.

The only certainty is uncertainty.  Here’s why.

Remember the 2013 Cloud Service Predictions?

Yeah, neither do we. Oh, wait, wasn’t 2013 supposed to be the year when the Cloud hit full consumer and corporate adoption? Wasn’t 2013 supposed to be the year in which Cloud based solutions like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and CYOD (Choose Your Own Device) were supposed to revolutionize how businesses operated? We remember those predictions.

Did they come true? Not in the least.

Did 2013 bring massive amounts of Cloud adoption? Yes. Did 2013 bring full consumer and corporate adoption? Not a chance. To prove this, next time you navigate over to Google, search for, “What is the Cloud?” The SERP for “What is the Cloud?” will reveal a plethora of surveys showing as high as 65% of respondents have no idea what the Cloud is. Other surveys will show 40% – 55% of respondents think the Cloud actually refers to those puffy things in the sky.

Moreover, do yourself a favor and do a search for “BYOD Adoption Rates”. The SERP will show endless surveys and articles attesting to companies choosing against BYOD for practical security concerns. Sure, BYOD might be cheaper for the company yet BYOD also means the company has to deal with an entire extra level of Cloud security concerns. Was 2013 the year in which BYOD took flight? Sure. Was 2013 the year when BYOD reached market saturation? Don’t kid yourself.

The only certainty is uncertainty.

2014 Cloud Predictions

Go back to Twitter. Search for “Cloud Computing”, “Cloud Services”, “Cloud Solutions” or “Cloud”. Your search results will, interestingly enough, yield very similar Cloud adoption predications for 2014 as were predicted for 2013. More over, you will find a ton of articles by noted research firms, 451 Research and Forrester come to mind, claiming by 2015, 2018, 2022 etc. the Cloud which reach $30 – $55 billion in global revenue. All sounds wonderful, right? It sure does, until you read articles from the end of 2012/start of 2013 saying the Cloud would reach the same revenues by 2015 or 2016.

Again, predictions are just that. Predictions.

The only certainty is uncertainty.

So please, go ahead. Write your blogs and articles concerning the future of the Cloud. Write about how Cloud Computing will reach a certain revenue by 2023. Write your posts about how scalable Cloud servers will become normal for even the smallest business in 2014. Go ahead and write your articles predicting the next big Cloud trend.

While you are doing that, we will be over here, watching, reading and quietly laughing. We love the Cloud as much as we love colocation. Due to that love, we understand the future of Cloud Computing solutions is wide open.

The only certainty is uncertainty.

What Do You Think?