Cloud Computing Trend-Setting
Learning the Basics
Cloud computing does sound like a very simple term, but what does it mean and how is it implemented? In a large corporation, there are many responsibilities one has to undertake; one such responsibility is making sure that all employees have access to the right hardware and software required for them to perform their jobs correctly. And it isn’t just enough to purchase the best hardware, unless you purchase the software and software licenses and keep making sure to update the software or the licenses themselves. Sounds stressful, doesn’t it?
Cloud computing is the solution to solve such problems; instead of installing a whole set of software for each and every computer, you will only have to load a single application that will allow all of your workers to be connected to their computers at the same time, via a real time web-based service that is able to host all the required programs at once.
Delving into Details
With the help of cloud computing, even remote machines that are run by other companies are able to run everything; from emails to complex data analyses. Local computers don’t have to be overused anymore when running software applications, reducing both hardware and software demands from the user; the cloud computing interface software being the only one that needs to be run on it. We’ve all experienced the marvel of cloud computing, perhaps even without realizing it. A good example would be your email service like Yahoo mail, Gmail, Hotmail, etc; here, instead of running the email program on your computer, you have to log into to a web-based email account.
All of this happens remotely and the software for your account settings doesn’t exist on your system, but on the email service’s computerized ‘cloud’. The system is divided into two basic systems; the front end and the back that are connected to each other via a network which is usually the internet. The front end is the client end or the side accessed by the computer user, whilst the cloud section of the system comprises of the back end.
The best feature about cloud computing is it enables clients to access their applications and data from anywhere at any time anytime; data won’t have to be confined to any one hard drive on the user’s computer and can be accessed remotely. Another plus is that it brings down costs, hardware and software. For one, you needn’t have to by the most memory efficient computer and can make do with the basic amenities, because the cloud system will take care of them.
Also, corporations don’t have to buy a bunch of software or licenses for each employ, and can pay only so much for the services they use from a cloud computing company. Companies also need digital and server storage space and often rent physical space for the same if they’re short on space on site. With cloud computing, they can store data on hardware belonging to someone else, thus saving up on physical space as well. Corporations also save money on IT support; streamlined hardware generally has lesser problems than a network of heterogeneous machines and operating systems.
Big Data & Cloud Computing
The general term that’s used to describe the massive volume of both structured and unstructured data created by a company. This kind of data would take way too much of money and time to load into a long-term database for analyses. An example of Big Data would be petabytes or exabytes of data. Cloud computing provides a lot of ease in the analysis of Big Data sets in real time with the help of various software framework like Google, MapReduce, Salesforce, Zuora and NetSuite to name a few.
Some of the top predictions for cloud computing include the following:
Security: Security trade-offs will be better understood and there will be rapid adoption of private clouds in the virtual world; systems that will provide private and isolated sections of large public clouds, lowering costs whilst offering data center level security.
Finance: For a long time, the finance industry chose to build private clouds (virtual data centers) that are expensive and reap negligible benefits. But soon, financial companies will begin utilizing trusted data service providers to offer them select IT services.
Manufacturing: The cloud has proven to be a great platform for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and is easily the future of the internet. Even a vending machine will now be communicate with banking systems, via the cloud, to accept credit cards more securely. Automobiles will be able to stream applications, driver manuals, security information and more over cloud videos; houses that are by the cloud could help the elderly and also reduce energy use for the rest of us.
Mobile cloud: As 4G becomes more widely available to us and the quality of data inflow and outflow via smart phones and tablets grows better, the cloud will be an indispensible feature for us.
Cloud computing is a constantly evolving technology and is amongst many efficient software solutions that will lead businesses to success.
Dan Lemmings works with Allen Systems Group, Inc. and is a freelance writer. He covers the current happenings of information technology.