“The cloud” is enabling substantial change in how we store, access, and process data in nearly every aspect of our lives.
To illustrate that change, let’s first focus on life B.C. or before cloud. Before the cloud, information was stored on computers or local devices. If you needed that information, you had to be connected to that storage device or computer. Likewise, you needed a computer — often an expensive one — with enough power to process the information.
This B.C. world was static, risky, and inefficient.
It was static because it did not enable any true mobility. Data was stored in the same way traditional books are stored in libraries. If you wanted to read another book, you had to be in a specific location.
This world was also risky, as the loss of the computer or storage device meant the information was also gone. Like the library, if the building burnt down, the books would be destroyed.
The inefficiency stems from the need to have many separate devices able to store and process the information. These devices were costly, power hungry, and made obsolete on a regular basis.
Life within the cloud provides solutions to those problems. Gathering up all this diffused information and moving it to the cloud means that the data is available anywhere. The risk of data loss is mitigated because information is distributed among many data centers rather than at one location.
While tech companies love to sell the latest and greatest devices to keep up with the demands of applications, this will change. Instead of having many high-powered, expensive devices to store and process information, there will instead be longer-lasting, lower-powered devices that need only display the information. Upgrades in the cloud will bring new capabilities without changing out the user’s device. – Read more