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Disruptive Technologies: Cloud Computing

Disruptive Technologies: Cloud Computing

Cody Rygg


As technology advances, the application of cloud computing has become more and more talked about. Cloud computing is the concept of performing certain computations to some other device (or devices) on the internet. The idea is that some things are much to resource intensive for one device, so simply using a network of computers that are more powerful than your own device as a utility to accomplish the computing allows for quicker results to individuals (or organizations).

The idea of cloud computing is many years old but did not become a reality until recent years where it is offered as a service by companies such as Google and Amazon. The consequences of cloud computing as an innovative technology are numerous and quite positive. Specifically in the region of research where large sets of data are computed off-site where a more powerful network can process large quantities of information much quicker than the researchers whom collected the data would ever dream of doing. The positive impact this has is quite important as the idea of cloud computing itself is able to be widely used in other fields for research purposes which allows the research capabilities, such as in the medical field, to be highly improved making it quite beneficial for research in things such as DNA or cancer.

Outside of the business world and academia, cloud computing provides extremely beneficial uses in the mobile market. As early as 2011, scholarly articles such as a survey of mobile cloud computing ( Seen here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/wcm.1203 ) describes the potential market of cloud computing being a viable option for the mobile market. Mobile phones have always been under pressure to become as thin as they possibly can be, which limits the amount of computing power which it can contain. The solution to this proposed, is the hardware can be slightly lacking in computing power to obtain the slimmer physical models consumers want, and just pushing heavy computing to cloud computing that the phone would not normally be able to accomplish.

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