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The cloud computing service has completely revolutionized the way businesses and individuals use the web. The ability to hold a lot of your information in different locations, no matter where you are located in the world is one of the key benefits of cloud computing.
As a web designer, cloud computing will impact your profession perhaps more than any other due to the following reasons:
- Rapid adoption
The rapid adoption of the cloud is one of the things that every web designer should consider at the back of their minds when thinking about the direction his work is going to take. Not only is cloud computing considered to have disrupted technology trends, it has grown to be considered by many to be the technology of the future.
- Future innovations might be driven by the cloud
The view of the cloud as the place where you store applications and data has evolved. The cloud will provide a platform that removes the complexities involved in developing and using new technologies such as Big Data.
- Hybrid computing will be more in use by companies
So far, large companies have held back from adopting the cloud due to security concerns. The reality though is that the cloud provides a convenient platform for offloading some services and most large companies would want to take advantage of that.
This has prompted the growth of hybrid cloud, which will provide a private platform for handling sensitive data and a public platform for handling other processes such as design and developer work.
- IT departments are now comfortable with cloud
IT departments shape the adoption of most technologies by their companies, and this has been the case with cloud computing. The failure to adopt cloud computing at a faster rate has been due to:
- Lack of understanding of the service, which made most companies distrust it.
- The reluctance to change too much too soon -hence most companies adopted a wait and see mentality
- It meant having to retrain members of staff.
However, as companies have grown to regard cloud computing as relevant to their growth, this reluctance has faded and the cloud will only become more popular.
- New and better features
As with most technology, consumers spur growth in the right direction.
Amazon, Google and Microsoft, who are the biggest providers of cloud service, have been coming up with attractive packages for their consumers, in their bid to outdo each other. All three companies know that the moment they slacken, they will lose their consumer loyalty to competition.
For instance, one of the leading providers of the cloud storage service is Google. Google makes its service attractive by offering a whole lot of other Google services the moment you sign up to use Google cloud service.
- Growth of cloud managed services
Many services are already finding hosting on the cloud.
- You can now design applications on cloud based platforms.
- You can host software on the cloud and still be able to access it with full functionality on your phone. A good example is salesforce.com.
- You can host workstations on the cloud.
- Cloud service will allow users to access virtual servers
- Small businesses are dependent on the cloud
The majority of business for web designers comes from small businesses. As the price of cloud drops, most are opting to run cloud-based businesses.
Also, as with any vibrant technology, there are bound to be smaller companies that come up to provide cloud service and these have largely shaped the direction of cloud computing.
These small companies provide independent products such as web based applications for a nominal fee thereby ensuring more and more people benefit.
- Need for more storage capacity
Hosting of websites is on servers. To retrieve any information from any website, you have to access a hosting location (that is a server) through your web browser.
The cloud allows for limitless capacity for information whereby different computers interact and create one virtual server. Due to all these different machines working together, the information overload arising from millions of queries per second in minimized and you are able to get information a lot faster.
- Expanded end-user capabilities
Traditionally, the web has always updated files using FTP systems. This has since changed and files can upload by input from users, meaning that anyone who owns a website now has the capability of accessing the server that hosts their websites and edit their own files.
With such capabilities, the list of demands for every client who wants a website has increased and every web designer who wants to remain relevant with the changing times has to keep up.
- Increasing number of Cloud service providers
One choice that any web designer has to make is to choose the right cloud service. There are many cloud service companies, some of them providing storage, or infrastructure for hosting and developing different services such as web applications.
The service that each of these companies provides influences your job as a designer.
Jack Dawson is a web developer and UI/UX specialist at BigDropInc.com. He works at a design, branding and marketing firm, having founded the same firm 9 years ago. He likes to share knowledge and points of view with other developers and consumers on platforms.