Why “Cloud Computing” now?   Leave a comment

Think about the classes of resources in any computing environment. There’s storage, processing, the network and working memory.

Think back over the last couple of decades or so with respect to what has happened to the price of each of these resources, the impact of the price of that resource, and the factors that have driven the prices down.

Remember when working memory chips (RAM) were expensive? As software vendors started taking the stance “what if memory was, relatively speaking, free?” programs came packed with desirable features that required more memory than was economically available. Thus, it can be argued, that one of the drivers to lower memory costs was the demand for more memory.

And what about that CPU? Again, as software vendors wrote multi-threaded applications for the mass computing market, the need for greater processing grunt became apparent. The developers were writing software with the paradigm “what if processing power was free?”

And then to storage. Storage is cheap now. Think about the availability of terabyte consumer portable hard drives, think about that solid state drive in your laptop. How easy is it to store photos, movies, songs. How much storage is in that data centre at work today compared with even 5 years ago! We are operating under the paradigm of “storage is free”

And so to the network. What if data communications were free? What if bandwidth was free? What would we see? Rather than seeing PC-centric multimedia applications, we would see consumer grade audio and video services hosted by third parties (ie. Youtube, Spotify, etc). We would see simple chat services (ie. Microsoft Messenger) evolve into rich communication platforms (ie. Facebook). And we would see a shift in enterprise computing from the traditional data centre to one “hosted in the cloud”.

The time is ripe for cloud-based enterprise computing.

Posted December 18, 2013 by terop in Architecture, Cloud Computing, ICT Strategy, Innovation

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