All About Cloud Computing

As already highlighted many times, we’re all aware of how the cloud is one of the best innovations of this era. Not only does it help businesses in reducing their IT costs but it also gets its way around productivity in every manner possible.
all about cloud computing

In simple terms, cloud computing is a term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the internet. These services cover a vast range of options, from the basics of storage, networking, and processing power through to natural language processing and artificial intelligence as well as standard office applications. Basically, pretty much all services that required you to be physically close to the computer hardware can now be delivered via the cloud.

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Why do we call it cloud computing?
The simple concept behind the name ‘cloud computing’ is the location of the service. The known fact is also that details such as the hardware or operating system on which the cloud is running are largely irrelevant to the user. This is why the metaphor of ‘the cloud’ was borrowed from old telecoms network schematics, in which the public telephone network (and later the internet) was often represented as a cloud to denote that it was just a cloud of stuff.

What is the history of cloud computing?
Cloud computing, as we’ve heard the term, has been around since the early 2000s, but its concept ‘computing-as-a-service’ has been around for much, much longer. In fact, we could say that it’s a concept from as far back as the 1960s when computer bureaus allowed companies to rent time on a mainframe, rather than having to buy one themselves.

These ‘time-sharing’ services were largely overtaken by the rise of the PC, which made owning a computer much more affordable and then in turn by the rise of corporate data centers where companies would store vast amounts of data. And as a matter of fact, the concept of renting access to computing power has resurfaced again and again in the application service providers, utility computing, and grid computing of the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was then followed on by cloud computing, which really took hold with the emergence of software as a service and hyperscale cloud computing providers such as Amazon Web Services.

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From a research by IDC in 2018, it was found that building an infrastructure to support cloud computing accounted for more than a third of all IT spending worldwide. That aside, almost 451 researches predicted that around one-third of enterprise IT spending would be on hosting and cloud services, application, management and security services. In fact, a prediction from Gartner also said that half of the global enterprises using the cloud will have gone all-in by 2021.

It’s true that the cloud industry has grown at a very fast rate than what most analysts expected but then, no one also predicted that our world would be facing a global pandemic. Somehow, the cloud only made it easier for us to reconnect, work with productivity, optimize our IT budgets, and focus on all things that truly matter.

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