The one place where I fully expect cloud hosting to grow by an ungodly percent in the next few years is with application development. If you haven’t noticed, the war is on.

I’m talking about the application war, not the cloud hosting war.

It seems that every company in almost every niche these days is scrambling to develop the next big application for their industry. But development and testing requires a lot of bandwidth with a lot of security. Unless companies invest in their own datacenters, which is out of touch for many small- and medium-sized companies, then they won’t be able to engage in the application development war.

This leads me to believe that cloud hosting services focused entirely on application hosting are about to take over. In fact, I’ve already seen it start to happen. It will only get better.

If you are looking at getting into the application development game, building and testing new applications and, specifically, developing for multiple niches, then you are a prime target for cloud hosting. I encourage you to jump in, but do your homework. Not all cloud hosting services are created equal.

Cloud hosting is on the rise. Application development is growing by leaps and bounds. This is where the two meet.