Whilst most of us are already aware of what exactly cloud computing is, it is still a benefit and also a necessity that we explain the benefits of cloud computing – particularly in reference to what innovations are to come in the future.
The first, and possibly the most major, benefit is that future cloud computing will offer unlimited storage. Both Google and Microsoft already offer infinite storage in terms of cloud computing i.e gmail. The obvious advantage of this is that hardware storage issues will become a thing of the past. Consumers will no longer need to worry about the hardware lifecycle – there won’t be any hardware for them to worry about.
SDV and NFV Implementation
Future cloud computing will lead the charge when it comes to implementation of SDV (Software Defined Networking) and NFV (Network Function Virtualization) – this will lead to a much more proficient network structure. Indeed, front-runners in cloud computing, AWS and Azure have admitted that they wouldn’t be able to handle their network infrastructure without SDN and NFV. Azure has gone one step further and has introduced what it has learned into a more public domain so that others can benefit.
Not only are the forerunners of cloud computing excellent at providing just that, they are also excellent at security provision. High quality security solutions are developed internally within the company and are then offered to customers at a fixed price, so it is fair for everyone. This could lead to better security across the board, at a significantly reduced cost to what we see when it comes to hardware storage security solutions. This means that in the not too distant future companies are seriously going to have to consider the added expense of hardware based storage and the associated security concerns.
Cloud computing is currently laying the foundations for the creation of in-house software development. As with in-house security solutions, software is being developed within cloud computing environments because of the expediency of the development process within those environments. Testing within the cloud is simplified also, making any problems easier to resolve and potentially less catastrophic.
Cloud computing solutions can move with the user. If, for example, an institution has a sudden overload of users, cloud storage is capable of dealing with a surge in popularity. Given it’s ‘limitless’ nature, cloud computing can grow in line with the size of an institution’s user base at any given time, so if there is a sudden increase in use, servers won’t be groaning under the pressure.
Many institutions, particularly those in the educational realm, operate their storage and security solutions on a ‘lease’ basis. This can prove costly as they are functioning under a pay-as-you-go model.
Organisations could benefit from developing their own private cloud solutions by using software such as Openstack which can run on existing server hardware. This can lead to the very same establishments going on to make use of public cloud services such as AWS or Azure – it is the perfect step on the ladder.