In recent years, one technology has come to dominate the internet and IT services more than any other – namely the provisioning of cloud computing services.
Cloud computing is empowering businesses big and small to take advantage of the world’s most modern, capacious and speedy computer tech by allowing firms to outsource their digital requirements.
When taken hand in hand with the ongoing digital transformation of business, cloud computing is transforming the modern business landscape and revolutionizing how – and where – companies can operate. To get an idea of just how much, try checking the most recent developments in AWS this week – one of the larger cloud platforms.
A brief introduction to cloud computing
Before looking at how cloud computing is changing both commercial and personal IT services, it would perhaps be helpful first to give a brief overview and definition of what cloud computing is and how it works.
In essence, the term ‘cloud computing’ refers to any computing service that is processed remotely and delivered over a network (normally the web) to users – most commonly on a subscription model.
Cloud services can encompass anything from providing extra storage capacity to running software or providing extra processing power, etc. This ability to draw on the power of remote machines can supercharge even the lowest-powered handheld into a processing powerhouse capable of carrying out tasks far more complex than could ever have been possible when relying just on the innate capabilities of the local device.
Cloud computing also has the added advantage of being accessible from anywhere in the world where users can find an internet connection – which, given pretty much everyone uses smartphones these days, equates to more or less any location. This has led to the evolution of the truly mobile workforce, which has dovetailed rather nicely into the emerging trend for homeworking as dictated by the recent coronavirus pandemic, which forced employees to work from home.
You likely already use cloud services – possibly without even knowing it
Without realizing it, you or your company probably already use cloud computing services on a day-to-day basis. Any IT task that is handled remotely can be considered a cloud service – everything from common apps like Gmail and Spotify to more specialized software like the specialized programs you use for work, accessed over the internet.
How the cloud is constantly evolving
The world of cloud computing is evolving rapidly and new technologies are coming on stream almost daily – including everything from productivity apps that improve worker collaboration to emerging services that are beginning to draw on the immense potential and opportunities offered by the emerging Internet of Things (IoT).
Possible futures for cloud tech and how it could transform computing as we know it
Our thirst for ever-smaller (yet equally ever more powerful) devices shows no signs of abating and manufacturers face a constant battle trying to maintain aesthetics and small form size while also delivering the power we as consumers demand. However, by embracing cloud tech, producers can strike a happy medium between supplying minute devices that remain immensely powerful.
While there are countless possible applications for cloud tech in the future, one of the most intriguing must be its potential to transform what we come to expect from our gadgets while still giving producers true leeway in terms of the processing, storage and software apps their hardware can run.