How cloud computing impacts technology evolution

The cloud has been around in one form or another for about 20 years now. Although cloud looks much different than it did back in the days that were dominated by software as a service, the rise of platform as a service and infrastructure as a service has made the concept much more powerful and useful for enterprises.

The evolution of cloud technology is affecting all technology. The era of the PC got us to client/server. The growth of distributed computing got us service-oriented architecture. What has the rise of the cloud got us?

One piece of advice I offer to those moving to public cloud is that although the way we consume technology changes (over the open Internet instead of over our enterprise network), the patterns of technology remain the same. Storage is storage, no matter if it’s 15 feet away or 1,500 miles. Same goes for compute, databases, even specialized security and ops processes.

Public cloud has changed how technology is evolving. Let’s explore a few of the ways.

Faster procurement has led to an experimentation approach. Years ago, hardware and software procurement cycles took months—maybe it’s the same today depending on whom you work for. With public clouds, we can now “play” with technology to determine if a solution offers true value or not.

No matter if it’s artificial intelligence, an accounting system, data analytics, or another very expensive system, we now have the ability to try them on the cheap, moving through solutions that don’t work to find one that does. Try this with traditional hardware and software and you’ll find that you break the budget quickly.

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