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Nitin Mishra (Global) - Partner Ecosystems: Shaping the Future of Cloud Computing Part 4

The future's bright for partner ecosystems


The benefits of the partner ecosystem model for cloud computing is just being realized and appreciated. Now, with more and more business organizations lining up to experience the power of computing on the cloud, the industry is all set to grow by leaps and bounds over the next few years.

In fact, the respondents to 2011 cloud computing trends and best practices report by Hosting.com recently indicated that they have plans to increase implementation of database services, disaster recovery and application hosting within the cloud by 3 to 5 times over the next few years.

Such a rapid growth in adoption of cloud computing will act like a hotbed for partner ecosystems. With a view to provide efficient services to customers, we are likely to see service providers and their partners making it easier for businesses to cloud enable their applications and processes. Significant changes are also expected to be seen in channel programs and the way vendors and service providers sell cloud services to customers.

The setting up of greater number of partner ecosystems is not just going to benefit the service providers, it will also come as a great boon for the small and medium sized businesses, which will benefit tremendously from the collaborative efforts and lower combined costs of such partnerships. Of course, the issue of security in a cloud environment will be valid even in partner ecosystems, experts believe that such security will be on par or better than what's available on the premise of a business organization. After all, it's not just about the opportunity that cloud service providers have at hand. It's also about their reputationthat is at risk.

Overall, cloud is changing the way technology solutions are delivered to business organization. Now with the evolution of partner ecosystems, it is just turning its silver lining into a golden one.

By Nitin Mishra, VP product management & solutions engineering, Netmagic Solutions

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