Technology is evolving at such an intense pace that once you purchase a hardware it is already outdated. The same goes for software and especially internet applications. In recent months it is obvious that cloud computing is rapidly growing and consumers and businesses enjoy it.
Technology is evolving at such an intense pace that once you purchase a hardware it is already outdated. The same goes for software and especially internet applications. In recent months it is obvious that cloud computing is rapidly growing and consumers and businesses enjoy it. At least that’s what the stats suggest. Just try to remember when was the last time you installed a program on your computer. What I am trying to say is, we are migrating to cloud computing or Software as a Service (Saas) if you prefer.
Why? Because it is cheaper, more flexible, faster and consumes less computing power. Yet, you got to have a stable internet connection but you have it anyway, don’t you? Are your ready to ditch Google Docs and rather attach .docx to your emails? Teams already are heavily dependent on shared documents, platforms, etc. just because cloud computing enables them to work with anyone from any part of the world in real time. So what we should expect from cloud computing in the coming years?
Blockchain goes mainstream
Kicking off with the technology that exploded last year. The distributed ledger revolution lead to a boom of startups, striving to prove the potential of their ideas. Blockchain gained popularity because of its decentralized nature. And why wouldn’t it? In a world where corporations are watching every move we make on the net, distributed ledgers give power to the people, enabling them to send money anonymously, to arrange disputes by smart contracts, to track where their peanuts come from. The opportunities are practically endless.
Cryptocurrencies, deemed a bubble or not, show that people are actually digging the idea of being independent of banks and governments and who am I to blame them for that? Despite bitcoin’s dominance, probably Ethereum powers the most promising technology. A large portion of the initial coin offerings are carried on its platform and already thousands of applications are built on Ethereum. Apart from transferring money, you can grow and trade digital kittens (remember Tamagotchi? :D) The open-source Ethereum protocol enables developers to create various applications from smart contracts to digital currencies, to tracking applications, to recording your DNA. Yeah, even that.
For example, the Photon Network is quite revolutionizing the cloud computing. The company states that their decentralized servers are up to 80% more efficient than traditional servers are.
Machine learning is not something you are unfamiliar with. In fact, you use machine learning algorithms on a daily basis. Whenever you google something, the search engine uses such algorithms to provide you with the best results, depending on your past search queries, location, preferences, and interests. Yes, Google knows that and it’s kinda creepy.
Another example is how smartphones can switch between Wi-Fi networks to provide the best connection. What about all these home assistants like Amazon Echo, HomePod, Google Home or Cortana? They are all powered by artificial intellect and machine learning. And machine learning is nothing without cloud computing because your google app does not hold any information in your phone because everything is stored in the cloud.
Internet of Things
The idea behind the IoT is to connect otherwise offline devices to the internet in order to make them more easy to use and to control them whenever we need. And the concept is already getting closer to reality. Nest offers smart thermostats, which you can control from distance. How cool is it to turn on and off your heating with just a few taps on the touchscreen? It is not only convenient, it saves energy, it is environmentally friendly. However, it is not that easy to just plug in anything you like. Many people are concerned about the security of their homes if everything goes online. What happens when some hackers compromise your security cameras, door locks or anything in between? Undoubtedly, there is a lot of work to be done in this field despite the huge potential for development.
What it has to do with cloud computing you may ask. The improvement of software goes along with hardware evolution. Quantum computing significantly improves the performance of the machines. They operate faster, they process more information, they are more reliable and on the top of that, they consume less energy. Hence, cloud-computing serves better as well.
Currently, blockchain applications require fast clouds, which on the other hand consume a lot of energy. This is where quantum computing steps in. It backs clouds with powerful machines at low costs. Yes, the technology is still in its nascent stage and it will take years until it goes mainstream but the potential is enormous.
It is fascinating how these four aspects of cloud computing are interconnected and how they interact with each other. Perhaps, we as end consumers must dig deeper in technologies and finally understand that they are not that scary, after all, they are meant to make our lives easier, enabling us to concentrate on more important things, while they take care of the boring stuff.