Predictions for 2014: What will change about cloud computing?

It’s typical that during the last few weeks of each year, the internet is flooded with article after article with predictions for the following year. These typically are made up from various categories from consumer spending habits, to fashion trends, to technological advances.

As far as the forecast of the cloud market’s shelf life, contributor Joe McKendrick stated his two cents yesterday on the matter:

“In the spirit of prediction-making, I am offering my own. But rather than provide another list, I have just one prediction for the year ahead.

That is, cloud computing is set to become mainstream computing, period.”

McKendrick cites the various reasoning behind his theory deriving from a number of things, including a reference to both startup and established independent software vendors exclusively delivering software via the cloud rather than shipping a physical CD.


In the same light, he also mentioned that well-known on-premises systems are increasingly being supplemented or extended with cloud components – or that the companies producing these systems are in the phase of considering an upgrade to the cloud.

On that note, there are companies that have taken that leap from exclusively selling on-premises software to offering a hosted product. If you’re familiar with Sherpa Software, you know that after 13+ years of producing and selling award-winning legacy products (all on-premises software), they launched Attender Online, Sherpa’s hosted service for effectively managing a variety of electronically stored information. The product boasts ease-of-use, compatibility with mobile devices and robust capabilities. With no infrastructure required of the end-user(s), the product is not only reliable, but up-and-running in no time at all, with the added convenience of on-the-go access via smartphone or tablet.

Attender Online has joined Sherpa’s legacy products in helping more than 3,000 companies worldwide address the challenge of managing unstructured data. The SaaS platform extends information governance capabilities across a wide variety of electronically stored information (ESI) including files, email and SharePoint.

McKendrick stated, as projected by Cisco, that 2014 will be the year when a majority of data center traffic will be cloud-borne; also that the term “cloud” will eventually fade as it will become mainstream.

“So, over the coming year, the biggest news for cloud computing is that it will not be news. It’s the way we do computing today,” said McKendrick.

Read McKendrick’s full article on, “My One Big Fat Cloud Computing Prediction for 2014.”

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