Monday, November 28, 2011

The Future of Cloud Computing

The Future of Cloud Computing

By Claire M Jefferies

If up till recently cloud computing was considered the future, now that it is here, what would be the future of cloud computing?

Years ago, when dial-up internet connections were the most spread solution worldwide, the concept of software clearly implied a hard copy, CD or DVD that was meant to be installed on the PC and use the computers' resources to provide that particular service or role. As the average internet connection speed started to grow, broadband solutions expanded and costing decreased, utilizing a resource or service over the World Wide Web developed into complex business models. Citrix was one of the first developers to come with complete and viable solutions for sharing services and solutions via internet, regardless of the hardware utilized by the end-user.

Microsoft recently launched their Office 365 solution based on cloud computing. Also Google is offering more and more services directly via the web browser that uses cloud computing infrastructures. The direct results of this trend is the increase in popularity of tablet PCs. What this model proves is that cloud computing services require little to minimal hardware resources to run applications what otherwise needed a powerful PC.

Probably in the following years, more and more applications will be oriented towards cloud computing. The one that came forth with a major push in this direction is Google. Their OS proved that a PC can be very useful even when the entire computer only has a browser installed and actually works like one. To put the idea in a more simple manner, what Google proved is that with the help of cloud computing, you only need a browser on your PC and you can perform all the tasks you usually do like watching a movie, reading an email, playing games, editing documents, socialize etc.

On the other end of this model, we will find the cloud or the place where everything is getting computed for the end-user. Because of this efficient model, serve loads and user capacity increased to very high numbers. Up till now, if the server experienced down time, the resource became unavailable. In the cloud, if one server goes down, the others will distribute the load equally. Also when you have more servers dedicated for the same activity, the number of users that can access the resource increased.

The impact of cloud computing has determined very many important changes across many businesses. Even the federal government of United States had to reorganize its entire IT infrastructure for cloud computing due because it is cheaper, easier to maintain and much more stable while providing at the same time, very high uptimes.

Claire Jefferies is writing on behalf of Millrace IT, who collect and process redundant IT and telecoms equipment that still has economic value. They also offer sell laptops and sell laptop

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