In terms of the cloud, what great leaps have we seen in this area of technology? The concept of “cloud computing” actually dates back to the 1960s, but it didn’t begin to build traction until after the “Dot Com Bubble” in the early 2000’s. It was being applied to large data centers and computer systems to enhance internal efficiency and gave developers the ability to create and implement new features faster and more quickly. In 2008, the first open-source platform for deploying private clouds was created and that was followed by one for hybrid clouds, paving the way for real-time capability in this new environment.
This didn’t go unnoticed. In that same year, Gartner reported a definite shift within companies and organizations which were moving from on-site hardware and software to a cloud-based, per-use service model. These kind of services included memory storage, application development, media streaming and, in Hubspan’s case, B2B IT business integration solutions, moving traditional legacy system processes to the cloud with complete interoperability.
So what will be the next “leap” for the cloud? Perhaps in the next four years, the need for physical hardware will be minimal. You’ll still need a device to hold in your hand or on your desk, but only a screen, mouse and a keyboard. By a wireless connection, you’ll be connected to your applications and data via the cloud. That also applies for consumers: no need to buy physical CDs for music when you can stream tunes from your private cloud player. Your library of video games and saved data (including music, movies, TV content, social media) will be stored a cloud platform accessed through a wireless device. In essence, the physical will be moved to the ether of the cloud. Who knows, this could be reality by next Leap Year? (Wait…Maybe it already is?)