Cloud Computing May Eventually make Traditional Storage Obsolete

April 10, 2013

Cloud computing is here to stay – as businesses discover the benefits of using adaptable online storage networks, they're flocking to the technology in droves, and they're not turning back. According the research released by Parallels, six million new small businesses climbed aboard the cloud bandwagon in 2012, enabling the industry to become a $45 billion business. By 2015, the value of the cloud market is expected to reach $95 billion.

All of this rapid growth poses a difficult question. Will the prevalence of the cloud mean the end of traditional data storage networks? It's beginning to look distinctly possible.

According to Forbes, Chris Poekler of Computerworld sees cloud computing having a dramatic effect on the market for storage machines in the near future. In the past, companies went through the process of purchasing storage computers and networks separately – now, the need for hardware is disappearing.

"The move to the cloud has changed all of that," Poekler told the news source. "For example, one recent move by a major server and storage vendor enables their storage to directly connect to its blade servers, which may make a storage network less fundamental to many solutions. You simply purchase the servers, storage and network together as a data center 'building block.'"

All of this technological progress sounds promising, but it may have a few adverse effects. Here are three potential problems.

Business Cloud 9 notes that for the most part, IT jobs are all about maintaining current infrastructure. If companies are forced to change their tech skeletons dramatically, it will mean layoffs for a lot of workers in IT positions. Less storage means less to maintain, which will lead to a lot of good workers being out of jobs.

A decline in the software industry
Along the same lines, data storage has traditionally relied upon software to manage all those files, and if that software becomes obsolete, that would mean a difficult transition for the tech sector. Jobs would still exist, but they'd be different – we'd see fewer software engineering jobs and more openings for web app designers and maintenance officials. The next generation would have entirely new skills to learn.

Of course, with any instance of data being stored online, there are concerns about security. IT officials will need to do everything in their power to protect their data from being lost, stolen or hacked. Cloud computing offers great rewards, but there are great risks as well.