Earlier this week, Google announced that it was following in the footsteps of Amazon and Microsoft by releasing a new cloud computing service, called Google Cloud Platform, to the general public. Bloggers and cloud analysts said the move was essentially Google throwing down the gauntlet, signifying their entrance into “the battle for Internet cloud.”
The foundation for technology innovations was built on the back of mainframe computers and traditional IT practices. In 2013, however, traditional IT is all but disappearing with the rise of cloud computing. As more organizations move their document management and IT infrastructure to the cloud, cloud providers are under pressure to deliver faster speed times, simplified processes, and more integrations to accommodate the data-driven nature of today’s technologies.
Startups and SMEs Can Compete with Large-Scale Enterprises
“I’ve never owned a computer server,” Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer of SnapChat. SnapChat is Google Cloud Platform’s poster boy; it’s a popular social media tool that processes 4000 pictures a second on Google’s servers; in the office, they have just 30 employees on staff.
The cost of on-site hardware in traditional IT was considerable, meaning only the most robust enterprises could afford the hardware and software licenses that were required. Tech entrepreneurship is thriving and startups can stay lean because cloud platforms have made web hosting affordable and accessible.
Cloud hosting platforms have made it easier for individuals with diverse skills sets to build and publish robust websites and applications. Rackspace has lofty dreams for the future of business, and their white paper says, “It is our contention that in a few years’ time, the need to wait for the provisioning of infrastructure, the need for skilled engineers to perform tasks and the need for administrative staff to ‘keep the lights on’ will be but a distant memory.”
Professional typing and word processing jobs were once in high-demand, but those roles are also being broken up and dispersed as a result of cloud content creation and management tools. Professional content creation has also been democratized with the emergence of design and layout tools that enable people of all skill sets to make professionally branded documents and collateral.
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