The last decade has witnessed many considerable advances in computing technology – not least of which has been the exponential growth of cloud-based computing services.
Cloud computing is now one of the fastest-growing sectors in the entire tech and computer industry, and as more and more companies and individual users move to using cloud providers and platforms, the popularity of the tech shows no signs of slowing.
Cloud 101 – what is cloud computing?
Cloud computing essentially refers to the supply of computer services, primarily delivered over the web. Cloud companies perform essential computing tasks – everything from storage to processing and installing/running apps –all served from remote machines. As a result, cloud tech is transforming business while also providing enhanced services for individual users.
Cloud computer services and employment
Firms’ use of cloud services is now so ubiquitous that many employment experts suggest one of the best ways to ensure future employment prospects is to learn cloud computing basics. These additional skills will enhance your existing skill set, ultimately making you more employable. Moreover, as the tech is already in use across almost all sectors, understanding cloud tech will give you a considerable advantage in pretty much any role.
How connections and tech combined to make cloud services viable
The concept of cloud services has only become viable in recent years due to vastly faster connection speeds (both fixed-line and mobile 5G) combined with enhancements in server tech. As bothimproved dramatically over the last decade, so it became possible to process computing tasks remotely with the end services delivered to users over the internet.
You already use cloud services – likely without even realizing
If you use any kind of remote email service, social media site, photo imaging app, or streaming media platform, you’re already using cloud tech. Services like Facebook, Google Photos, Gmail, and Spotify make extensive use of cloud servers to process operations, store data, and stream their various services to users. In fact, when you think about it, Facebook is little more than a personal cloud repository for your posts, images, and videos – albeit interlinked with your friends’ space with a few extra services on top.
Is the cloud a game-changer?
In truth, there’s nothing particularly new about the concept of storing files remotely – we’ve been doing that for years with websites and backup platforms. However, where cloud services differ considerably is delivering bespoke services,including running apps remotely. Once, we would have needed powerful desktop or laptop machines to process complex tasks, now that same processing can be handled at a distance by machines vastly more powerful than those we might have to hand.
For example, even if you have the lowest-grade mobile phone, by running cloud apps, you can transform your handheld into a multimedia powerhouse by passing complex processing duties to a third-party remote server.
This distant processing can be most clearly seen by looking at mobile apps like Google Photos or the popular web photo editing platform, Photopea.com. In each case, the software is run remotely to allow editing and manipulation of photos, regardless of the power of your local system. Indeed, in the case of Google Photos, the platform goes one step further by storing your images – plus, by using Artificial Intelligence (AI), it can even sort images by type and subject – all made possible purely by cloud tech.