It seems like everyone in the tech industry these days wants to scream frequently and loudly about how great cloud computing is. Is this obsessive compulsive behavior warranted, or is it merely obnoxious over excitement for a new innovation? In this cloud computing fact guide, we’ll try to answer that question.
What is cloud computing?
Cloud computing is the most recent paradigm shift in how software and applications are being accessed by their users. When the Internet first became a major part of how society views business, all software was stored in a mainframe that was generally owned and operated by the company using the software. This was an excruciatingly expensive process that required a full technical team, in house software engineers, and an earth shaking restructuring sequence every time a change needed to be made.
This scenario evolved into the server-client computing method. In this case, the server was often run independently of the company that was using the software. The servers were owned, maintained, and rented out by server companies, with each server partition existing for a different company. The software and applications would run cooperatively with the client systems using them. This still required lots of software, large numbers of servers, high maintenance costs, and more.
Enter cloud computing. Cloud is a system whereby multiple computers, clients, or groups can access the same application infrastructure. Rather than having duplicate software for each individual client, draining unnecessary resources and increasing the cost of maintenance, cloud computing presents a single solid database that still allows for enough flexibility that it can suit the needs of the groups that access it. The resources required are lower, and the speed of access is a whole lot faster.
When was cloud computing invented?
Despite the fact that this ground breaking software is revolutionizing the way we think about computers, it first came on the scene in the early 2000s. There just seems to have been a lag in its implementation, a phenomenon that occurred with other innovations like AJAX, which were invented in the 1990s but were implemented a decade later.
What are the major advantages of cloud computing?
It’s not hard to see how cloud computing saves resources. There’s no need for a technical team to address the concerns with the database for each client, a weighty protocol for making simple upgrades, or large numbers of servers. Beyond that, cloud computing is much faster to set up, allowing software that is fully customized (but uses the original online infrastructure) to be launched in under a week. Despite some concerns for security due to the nature of the “shared space,” cloud computing has shown itself to be as or more secure than its server-client predecessors. All these diminished resources also mean that the client saves money, paying only a monthly subscription for the database access.
Aside from that, the ability to have cloud hosting, where you can instantly change the size of your servers without depending on a tech team, as well as the ability to have exchange hosting for constant access to work-related items, is absolutely amazing.
There are a lot more benefits that cloud computing offers, and even likely, there’s more to come, so it’s definitely an innovation to keep on your radar in the years ahead.
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