06 Dec Technological Advancements Fueling The Rise of Cloud Computing
In the early days of cloud computing, some skeptics were quick to dismiss it as nothing more than a bunch of old technologies/methods typically used in IT outsourcing but re-packaged with a new label.
That’s not true.
Today, we’ll talk about the few but extremely important technological advancements that differentiate cloud computing from older services like IT outsourcing.
If we really have to put only one technological advancement at the top of this list, it has to be virtualization. Virtualization technology, which (simply put) has transformed physical servers into files, are enabling cloud service providers to:
- Run multiple virtualized servers on a single physical machine.
- Provision servers in just a couple of minutes.
- Duplicate (clone) virtualized servers in order to quickly create multiple copies.
- Move virtualized servers around the network with ease.
- Implement redundancy inexpensively.
Automatic provisioning software
Not far behind are automatic provisioning software, which work hand in hand with virtualization environments to allow cloud consumers to provision servers and computing resources by themselves. These self-service capabilities enable consumers to scale up and down computing resources such as memory, computing power, and storage with just a few clicks without having to (physically) handle devices like RAM, CPU, or hard disks.
Consequently, automatic provisioning software have also taken a huge chunk ouf of the provisioning time of server and storage administrators on the provider’s side.
Faster, cheaper, and more widespread broadband
Due to huge improvements in fixed and wireless broadband technologies, which now deliver faster and more reliable Internet connections, cloud consumers are able to gain a richer user experience from cloud services. In addition, widespread deployment of broadband in both urban and rural areas are allowing consumers to access cloud services anytime, anywhere from Web-enabled devices such as laptops, smartphones, tablets, and netbooks.
Lower cost of storage
Being files, virtualized servers naturally occupy some amount of storage space. Because admins can easily create, modify, and copy virtualized servers, unused virtual servers tend to accumulate very fast. So that, without proper management, the occupied space can grow rapidly. Also, because files and data can be stored and retrieved over the Web, users are encouraged to save more and more to the cloud.
Truly, if online storage costs were the same as before, none of these would be possible.
But it is important to note that all these technological advancements had to be present for cloud computing to take off. Take away one of them and the cloud would never have gained the widespread adoption that it continues to experience.