Heading into 2013 and beyond, the evolution of cloud computing will likely take a similar path. Using the cloud as a “cheap and deep” repository to host data is now well established. More than 1 trillion objects stored in Amazon Web Services’ S3 object storage should serve as sufficient evidence. What is exciting is that we are only scratching the surface of the cloud opportunity.
One area where innovation is occurring in cloud infrastructure is high-performance storage. Unlike compute, where wide ranges of price and performance options are available, cost-effective storage with predictable performance is not readily available in the cloud today. Attacking this problem is central to driving more and more applications to the cloud.
If all goes well, 2013 will be the year that the industry comes together to move beyond “cheap and deep” and really start advancing the way the world uses the cloud.