Moving from client server to cloud architecture will bring interesting possibilities for better business continuity strategies. Suddenly we are divorcing the user from their physical office or fixed piece of hardware, such as their desktop or laptop. For businesses operating on client cloud architecture, in the event that their office is destroyed, data recovery would be as simple as accessing data from the cloud, and having a mobile workforce open this up for them.
5. Growth of big data, causing challenges for businesses
Many organisations are reaching a volume of data where migration becomes logistically very difficult and in instances in which the infrastructure to support the data isn't massive, businesses may struggle to manage and maintain backing it up. As a result, in 2014, we can expect storage of big data to become an exponential headache for organisations. What organisations are now being tasked to do is to create the illusion of elastic storage within their business, which is expensive and a logistical nightmare. The most logical answer so far has been to move everything into the cloud.
6. Businesses will be driven by consumers' interaction with cloud
Business confidence in the cloud is growing and consumers' interaction with cloud is driving businesses own use of it. Next year, we can expect to see a blurring of the boundaries between how consumers use and leverage data and how SMBs do likewise.
7. Government privacy laws to change the way organisations consider their data use and storage
The changes to government privacy legislation in March 2014 will force companies to show more due diligence when it comes to things such as cross border disclosure of information and destruction of unsolicited information. The increased scrutiny by the Office of Information commission will ensure organisations that deal with the public or even their own end-users are going to be held more closely to account than they were in the past.
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