Virtualization and cloud computing are sometimes mistaken as one and the same, causing much confusion. For the record, virtualization is different from cloud computing, but these two technologies usually overlap. Virtualization Imagine a company with five servers, each assigned a single task such as storage, email, etc.
The term “serverless computing” conjures images of a world where business owners don’t need to purchase expensive hardware or configure complex software. Luckily, serverless computing isn’t just a dream — it’s completely real and is the next big thing in cloud computing.
The cloud allows businesses to take a more hands-off approach to managing their IT resources. And the hybrid cloud is rapidly becoming the most popular option in this category, especially for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Hybrid clouds are a combination of private and public clouds.
In parts one and two, we used Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi movie, Westworld, to illustrate the concepts of edge and fog computing and how they may be the key to smarter cities. In our third and final blog, we’ll break with the old west theme a bit and look to the future of transportation.
Cloud computing and virtualization are similar but not interchangeable. Both have their own benefits, so it’s worth learning how each technology works. With this knowledge, you can make the most out of your technology investment. Virtualization Imagine a company with five servers, each assigned a single task such as storage, email, etc.
The benefits and challenges of the new normal
In the Pacific Northwest, the weather, especially in the spring, can be pretty variable. Just look at this tweet from the National Weather Service in Seattle:
Living in Seattle, I can tell you with authority that cloudy days are the norm most of the year.
For IT organizations, cloud computing can dramatically impact not only technical infrastructure but also skill sets, processes and operations—often in unanticipated ways. In fact, cloud computing is fundamentally changing how both IT and businesses “get things done”. More than just a technology, cloud is now THE core business platform for all digital enterprises.
“Serverless computing” sounds like a dream come true. It conjures images of a world where business owners don’t need to worry about purchasing expensive hardware or configuring complex software. But serverless computing isn’t just a dream, it’s the next big thing in cloud computing.
As adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) makes the world more “connected,” drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are no exception. We are seeing an increasing number of cloud-connected drones deployed for commercial applications. But what happens when there is an absence of continuous connectivity?
Fortunately, fog computing can step in where wireless or LTE connectivity might fail.
As more and more businesses move their IT resources into the cloud, it’s no wonder that a company as big as Google is doing everything it can to upgrade the products it delivers over the internet. The search giant has at least 60 separate cloud services, and its most recent release makes them all faster.