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Cloud Computing Will Continue to Influence the World

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Maulik Kotak

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Cloud computing is something that we use very often nowadays. It is not only for engineers and developers but also for nontechnical people; Gmail is one of the common examples. If you are buying a new smartphone, the first thing you need to do is log in with your Gmail account, which is a cloud computing service. Today, we all use the Internet and are dependent on it. Because of this, we are also using cloud computing for many of our needs like Gmail, Google Photos, etc. With the help of cloud computing, we can connect with everything digitally.

Cloud computing typically refers to the provisioning of and making available computing resources such as storage, databases, applications, networking capabilities, and more to their customers over the Internet. Users can now access data, programs, and services hosted on remote servers from any location, rather than relying on their hardware or software resources. 

There are different types of cloud computing, such as public cloud computing, private cloud computing, and hybrid cloud computing, which can be used based on the requirements of a user or organization.

There are many cloud computing providers in the market, such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Computing, etc. AWS was the first to start a cloud computing service in 2006. Currently, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the most comprehensive and widely used cloud computing platform in the world, with over 175 fully-featured services available from data centers all around the world. Amazon Web Services provides consumers with everything they need, from basic technologies like computation, storage, and databases to new technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, data lakes and analytics, and IoT.

Advantages of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has provided immense advantages to technology startups looking to build their products in an agile fashion with very little upfront investment. A few advantages of using cloud computing are listed below:

  • Cloud computing has enabled companies to build products and go to market swiftly to test product-market fit. However, although building products has become faster and easier due to cloud computing, there is still a gap in terms of tools needed for developers to help go to market.
  • Migrating applications and projects to cloud computing are very easy and cost-effective. In fact, for engineers and developers, cloud computing service providers allow choosing the programming language in which they need to perform their work.
  • You need not worry about the backup and restoring of data or spend money on it. Cloud computing services can handle that as well. In cloud computing, you can get secure storage, and the process of backing up and restoration is fast and inexpensive.

Features of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is growing rapidly and evolving as a technology. There are many features of cloud computing that are helping create a better future. These are the things that will help it continue to influence the world. Let's discuss a few of the popular features of cloud computing.

1. Flexibility

Cloud computing provides us with vast storage space, and it is increasing day by day. People are adopting cloud computing to store their generated data. Every day, more data is generated than the previous day, and this continues. New applications are being launched more frequently. We have become so dependent on cloud computing that we prefer to use cloud computing to store our data as well. 

For example, earlier, for writing a code, a software engineer would install some software, then write and run the code on the system, and save it on their desktop or personal computer. But things are different today. There are many cloud computing providers like Google Colab for Python developers. They can easily use cloud computing and save their work. In this way, their personal computer disk is spared from the extra burden of saving the code. 

2. Scalability

There is no limit to the use of cloud computing. It can be used by multiple people and organizations if needed. Cloud computing providers permit large spaces at low prices. 

AWS's provisioning capacity is six times greater than all of its competitors combined. It came out with a flexible pricing option called pay-as-you-go. AWS is expanding and coming up with newer updates. An essential aspect of AWS is continually listening to its clients and developing solutions that are beneficial to them and provide value to their experience. 

3. Resource pooling and on-demand services

Cloud computing allows different users to use the services offered by the same service provider for different purposes simultaneously. Users are free from the headache of storage and management of the data. 

Users need to pay only for those resources which they need to use. For example, AWS supplies databases as and when needed. These databases are handled entirely by them. AWS provides different kinds of databases like relational databases used for transaction purposes and all non-relational databases, etc.

4. Cost-Effective

Cost-effectiveness plays a major role in infrastructure-based services. Typically, we need to take care of the whole system and the additional charges of space, labor, power, etc. In a cloud computing system, this is not the case. 

Cloud computing services can also be provided on-demand, so there is no need to worry about the infrastructure and additional charges. Charges for cloud computing services are typically lower than the cost of maintaining and deploying your application.

As in the case of AWS, it does not require an initial investment, a long-term commitment, or a minimum spending amount. Users can scale up or down depending on their demand for resources.

Why is Cloud Computing in demand?

In the last few years, cloud computing technologies have been snowballing. In the last two years, when COVID spread, dependency on the Internet and cloud computing has increased exponentially. Humongous amounts of data were being generated by companies or individuals for their work. Cloud computing has been the better option for storing this data because cloud computing services provide ample space with the feature of scaling up and down of resources.

Engineers and developers are also shifting towards cloud computing for learning different programming languages or different technologies because they do not need to learn some additional details for using the platform. Cloud computing services provide various options based on need.

Characteristics of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is destined to have a bright future because it has a larger scope, especially in terms of accessibility. It has been proven to be cost-effective for not only large organizations but also small firms. As a result, in the future too, it will prove the better option for executing services for various businesses.

According to the characteristics mentioned above, it can be said that cloud computing has a huge potential for expansion. The utilization of this technology is becoming increasingly important for businesses. They must, in reality, invest in coding standards that will allow for a smooth transition to cloud computing. 

The following points summarize all the characteristics of cloud computing because of which it will continue to influence the world.

  • Cloud computing service providers offer on-demand services; users need to pay only for the services they need.
  • There is a minimal charge for maintenance of application and backing up of data. So, using cloud computing services is also cost-effective.
  • Users need not rely on hardware for everything. They can access their data through the Internet. Also, the software is much cheaper than the hardware.
  • Cloud computing services can be used by individuals as well as organizations.
  • Its service providers focus on providing the best service and security.
  • There are many trustworthy cloud computing service providers, like AWS, that are customer-centric and keep coming up with new features and technologies.

Cloud computing is also closely linked to concepts such as the Internet of things. If the Internet is fast, then using cloud computing services will also be fast. The market value of cloud computing has also increased and is expected to grow in the future. 

Not only big companies but individual users are also shifting to cloud computing. A very common example of this is using Google Photos. Earlier, we used to save pictures on SD cards or some external devices, which was burdening as it accompanied many risks of theft and damage, but today, most of us have shifted to cloud storage. We get enough storage space and do not need to buy any external devices.

Conclusion

In the last few years, many companies have been upheld by remote employees. Because cloud computing can facilitate a lot of our remote work environments, such firms will continue to grow. There are three cloud computing service models, infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and software as a service. These models support various services. They make it easier for organizations to migrate when more services can support these facilities. In the long run, more institutions and colleges will begin to rely on cloud computing.

DevRev, a new startup that recently launched its beta, aims to change that. A Developer CRM, the platform promises to bridge the gap between developers and customers, thereby removing intermediaries between the front and back office and also accelerating the go-to-market motions for the new breed of product-led companies.

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