The five developments that lead to the Cloud

We’re living amidst the greatest technological age since the industrial revolution. The world wide web, broadband, Wi-Fi and cloud computing; everything is designed to help us access information and communicate faster, more securely and at a cheaper cost.

Cloud Computing is proving to be one of the biggest changes to happen in business since the arrival of the PC. It’s shifting how we work, as well as when. Whether we opt for a Cloud Server or a Dedicated Server, whether we’re an SME or a an entrepreneur, being able to work from a variety of mobile devices and still access the same data we would sitting at our desk is a game changer.

So what are the changes that have lead to the arrival of the Cloud? Here’s our top five.

1. Fibre Optic Cables

We want everything faster and we want everything cheaper. Fibre optic cables have made the internet so fast that you barely have to think about a web page and it pops up. OK, that might be a little over board but you know what we mean. There’s no lag time, and whether it’s a website or video, fibre optic means it’s up in a flash (no pun intended). Admittedly it’s reliant on location but it’s fast becoming the norm. Think of all the cloud computing sites that store huge amounts of data that wouldn’t have been around if fibre optic didn’t make it possible. Netflix is one, as well as services like DropBox. It makes it easier to handle large file sizes without any drop in service, a principle at the heart of cloud computing.

2. Silicon Valley

Having an industry working hard in one place with one goal in mind has been the fuel driving the technological revolution. Steve Jobs is very much the poster boy. A melting pot of innovation, turning great ideas into reality has made the time between products getting from the drawing board to the shelf much shorter. Silicon Valley is about sharing ideas and practices. The Cloud is built on their very idea, the idea of collaboration no matter where you are. The spirit of Silicon Valley has infused how the Cloud is adopted.

3. Mobile Devices

There are those of us who are old enough to remember when, if you arranged to meet someone, you had to be there at the agreed time and place or you’d miss each other. No chance to text and apologise for running late. If you were stood up you were stood up. The growth in mobile devices has fundamentally changed how we communicate and interact with each other. It also means each of us has the Cloud in our pocket. As mobile devices became increasingly popular we decided we didn’t want any change in experience. So we demanded that we be able to access the same emails, the same documents and the same files and folders no matter the device we were working on. That has heralded the embrace of the Cloud and is what is driving the change in working practice.

4. The Web

When Tim Berners-Lee took part in the Olympics Opening Ceremony he tweeted what was his guiding principle for the World Wide Web; “This is for everyone”. The Internet is the ultimate democracy with no respect for geography, time or activity. It is everywhere and anywhere. It seems somewhat obvious to say you wouldn’t have cloud computing without the internet yet it is its inclusivity that the two share. Inviting people to work together, no matter their location, and welcoming them onto your cloud server to access data is made possible not just because of the internet but also because of how we use it. It is about sharing information.

5. The recession

The downturn in the economy has much to answer for but not all of it is negative. More and more people are setting up on their own. They might be creative like web developers or graphic designers or they might be accountants or lawyers. There is a spirit of entrepreneurship that the government hopes will help steer the country out of recession. The truth is that many of those people who have decided to set themselves up independently might find it difficult to do so without the cloud. Its low overheads without dropping any levels of service mean it’s easy to remain professional and continue to behave as a big multi-national without having to layout money on premises or staff. The flexibility it offers mean people who have been made redundant or been the victim of down-sizing can forge their own corner of the world without being priced out of the market.

Why not contact us at @IntrahostLtd and tell us what you think have been the biggest shifts to help bring about Cloud Computing.