A study entitled, State of Cyber Security 2017, performed by ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association), suggested that cyber security staff are becoming increasingly difficult to find in such a rapidly expanding and evolving field. The report was based on a survey of 633 cyber security specialists across North America and Europe, with 27% stating that they were unable to fill open cyber security positions in their businesses and another 14% unsure as to whether they would ever fill those positions...

Cloud Predictions For The New Year

Cloud Predictions for the New Year

Making predictions for the coming year has become a time-honored tradition in the tech field, so I thought we’d have a little fun with it here at CloudTweaks by predicting what’s not going to happen.

1. Amazon won’t continue to be synonymous with the cloud.

EC2 and S3 are popular and established, but they’re seeing mounting competition from Microsoft, Google, HP, IBM, telcoms, and a number of smaller providers. Plus, Amazon seems far more interested in devices and apps lately — as it should be.

2. Apple won’t be successful in the cloud.

The new iTunes is a mess when it comes to iCloud, and Apple hasn’t offered up any other cloud products. Microsoft and Google definitely have Apple beat when it comes to anything “-aaS.” (It’s nice to see Apple getting beat in something.)

3. Marketing Windows 8 as a “cloud OS” won’t work.

Windows 8 may very well succeed (I actually like it myself), but it won’t be on the merits of its cloud-iness. Having settings sync across devices is great, but that’s invisible to most users. And SkyDrive integration is also nice, but SkyDrive desktop integration requires a separate download most people don’t know about. Yawn.

4. Big Telecom won’t be able to recapture market share lost to the cloud.

Industry stalwarts like Skype and Google Voice, as well as a wide variety of inexpensive cloud-based VoIP providers, are giving big telecommunications company a run for their money. There’s no way Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner, or anyone else can make up for lost ground. At least not in 2013 — and probably not ever.

5. None of the biggest cloud providers will get hacked.

Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, HP, Dell, Facebook, and Yahoo! will all continue to maintain highly secure data centers and SaaS platforms. While customers may bungle their own security — Password1 anyone? — these companies will keep hackers away from their systems.

By Robert Shaw

About Robert

Robert Shaw was an early entrant into the cloud computing sector, working as a consultant for Accenture on server virtualization and software-as-a-service migration. He has also been a technical editor for eHow and other web properties and still provides local IT consulting services.


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