Large firms will deploy more cloud technology in 2012, research firm predicts

Next year will be an important phase for cloud computing because it will be the year that the technology matures, Forrester Research analyst Holger Kisker wrote in a blog post. One of the big topics next year will be cloud orchestration, as he predicted that most cloud customers will be using more than 10 different versions of the technology by the end of 2012.

Additionally, businesses will most likely find the collaborative solutions in the cloud to be one of the technology's most beneficial aspects. Currently, some cloud users are finding a lack of interoperability between different services, a concern that will likely be addressed in 2012, Kisker asserted.

While small- and medium-sized businesses have deployed the services more quickly than larger corporations, these bigger firms will understand the scalability, flexibility and mobility benefits in 2012. This will lead them to be more active within the cloud computing markets, Kisker continued.

According to IDC, the market for the private cloud is expected to grow extremely fast, expanding to roughly $5.7 billion by 2014. This will likely be driven by more organizations feeling more comfortable deploying the services in 2012 and beyond.

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