Software Defined Networking
The increased adoption of cloud server providers will bring SDN to the forefront. SDN brings agility to networks in the same way that virtualization brings agility to servers. To ensure a successful cloud strategy, Gartner recommends organizations consider open, standard northbound controller APIs to maximize flexibility and minimize lock-in, and make sure that internal teams coordinate to maximize the advantages of a software-controlled data center.
Creating Webscale Systems
More idealistically, cloud computing aims to create Webscale systems: extremely large systems that have this ability to expand and contract as needed. Carl Claunch, VP analyst at Gartner, commented that this scale could reach up to hundreds of thousands of transactions per section, rates that we arent conceiving of with traditional, internal IT, during Gartners Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013 Webinar. Just as quickly, these systems should be able to shrink or completely disappear once a project is completed.
Addressing Shadow Cloud
The personal cloud is replacing the PC as the location where people keep their personal content, according to Claunch. Now employees have come to expect that level of access to corporate documents. And this trend will only continue to grow until enterprises can no longer ignore it. IT will need to address the assess how to enable secure, sanctioned employee access information or face the challenge and risk unsecure workarounds (e.g., Dropbox, Google Drive, personal email, etc.)