Cloud computing in 2012 will bring in some new faces, expert says

Organizations curious as to what cloud computing will become in 2012 should look no further than mobile and social technologies, vice president of Google Enterprise Amit Singh told eWeek. This is because the cloud will move from the current demand for independent productivity to teamwork and sharing in 2012.

These trends can be seen, for example, with Google integrating its Google Apps with Gmail, Google Docs and the new Google+ social network. Additionally, bring-your-own-device programs are becoming more popular among businesses, pushing them toward a new mobile frontier, the news source reported.

"Everybody now has a computer in their pocket and is connected to a data center," Singh told eWeek. This creates an opportunity for mobile cloud networks to be born, as these technologies will likely be able to connect everyone.

According to a recent study by Technavio, the mobile cloud computing market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of roughly 12 percent from 2010 to 2014. This market will mostly be driven by the rise of mobile and remote communications as employees and consumers continue to drive the demand for constant connectivity.

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