Over the last few years, a huge question being asked is “Why Cloud Computing”? Cloud computing has undoubtedly become the hottest trend in the tech world in recent years, and cloud computing is here to stay. With all-new technologies developed, there are generally three categories that organizations fall into, ones that move quickly, ones that are reluctant to move, and the ones that question everything. Here are several reasons why cloud computing is always the best choice.

Streamlining Content

The years 2020 and 2021 showed as to be real reasons as to why having streamlined content is a huge necessity. Many companies found themselves unable to have employees working inside the office due to a global pandemic. Using the cloud for streamlining allowed those companies to have several employees and partners collaborating on documents in real-time, without sending the files as an attachment and waiting to get a response. Having this type of visibility helps to improve your bottom line, as less time is used when not using antiquated methods of email attachments.

Security

In the news, we often hear about computers being stolen or data breaches, which is a significant concern of every company regardless of size and industry. With using cloud computing, documents are no longer stored on a computer, helping eliminate the risk of data breaches from computers being hacked or stolen. Several security features are offered for the cloud, such as access control, authentication, and encryption. With these added features, most organizations can use their own security measures and the added features to bolster their cloud data protection as well as tightening access to the sensitive information that is stored in the cloud.

Data Loss Prevention

Imagine working on a huge project for work, and your hard drive crashes and cannot be repaired. You have now lost all your hard work. With cloud computing, everything is stored in the cloud, and it will always be available from any device. Despite all efforts made when using on-premises approaches, computers and servers can malfunction for various reasons. Anything such as failures, or viruses, and malware can deteriorate the data, as well as simple user errors.

Cloud computing is definitely a benefit to all companies who use the cloud. It gives the security, availability, and reliability for all data housed inside it. There are many benefits to cloud computing not listed here that are equally as important. If you find yourself wondering why cloud computing is, here are some of the best reasons to use cloud computing.

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Aug 25 21
Christina Zumwalt

What will emerging cloud technology prove to be the next big thing? Although it is always difficult to predict with accuracy, we can look at trends that are gaining traction. When looking at larger organizations and enterprises, you can get a pretty good idea about what the next significant technological developments will be. One of those new trends emerging within large enterprises is a practice referred to as DataOps. But before we look at this new trend, let’s look at the definition of DevOps.

Why Data Matters

A significant shift in focus for IT is how to manage and deploy data-intensive applications. Where DevOps has focused on lightweight applications, there is an entirely new list of considerations that need to be dealt with when we begin to work with data-intensive applications.

Data management practices are central to the entire application lifecycle. Developments in machine learning and data science applications require vast amounts of training data. Deployment raises other issues because data-intensive applications need to take into consideration the concept of locality. If you want to meet performance expectations processes, there would need to be a new deployment near where the data will generate. Because different groups use data within an organization, access to that data, IT needs to provide access control and governance.

DataOps For Data-Driven Applications

With new data applications, there is a need for a practice that can overcome the limitations of DevOps. DataOps is a methodology used for the development and deployment of data-intensive applications. DataOps is best described as a paradigm involving people and processes that deliver repeatability, productivity, and agility,

We are beginning to see shifts in the types of infrastructure, platforms, and tools used to support DataOps. Some of the devices like containers and virtualization that support DevOps are also central to DataOps, but additional needs are driving the use of newer technologies.

DataOps will require a data fabric capable of providing access to massive volumes of data. While at the same time, having the ability to manage different types of data, including legacy structured data as well as unstructured and streaming data. With the development of a global data fabric, IT will be able to manage data across multiple physical locations and process it with vast stores of computing engines, including containerized methods. Another feature you can expect as part of a dataOps platform is the ability to optimize for data locality. 

DevOps Defined

DevOps is an acknowledged IT practice designed to maximize automation and repeatability in the building and deployment of applications. The goals of DevOps include a faster time to market, continuous application delivery, and agility.

Trending Now

One trend impacting nearly all enterprises today is the increasing importance of using data to drive value. Data is the primary way a company can gain a competitive advantage regardless of the industry in which they operate. Information can be used to improve your customer experience, increase operational efficiencies, or generate new sources of revenue.

The Next Generation Of Market Winners

So, who will the winners be moving forward? It is probably safe to assume that the data center of the past decade will look quite different from data centers moving forward. As DataOps practices become more frequent and standardized, we will see a shift in the technology marketplace. Marketplace winners will be companies that deliver tools and platforms that cater to making the development and deployment of data-intensive applications easier and faster.

Aug 24 21
Christina Zumwalt
Fun facts about Cloud Computing

We read new articles about the cloud, data, and artificial intelligence all the time, but how much of that information really sticks with us? Here are a few fun and interesting facts about cloud computing, data, and artificial intelligence that might surprise or shock you.

The cloud is not a cloud at all. The cloud is a term that refers to using the internet to store data on remote servers instead of storing data locally on a hard disk.

For small and medium businesses using the cloud, energy use and carbon emissions were cut by 90% saving our environment and energy costs.

70% of the businesses that migrated to the cloud report that they have saved enough money on I.T. costs to reinvest funds back into their businesses.

If you stacked a pile of CD-ROMs one on top of the other until you’d reached the current digital information that is being stored globally, those CD ROM’s would stretch 80,000 km farther than the moon.

Did you know that 80% of the 247 billion email messages sent each day are spam?

More than 2% of all electricity used in the US is consumed by data centers.

For every 600 smartphones or 120 tablets that are put into use it requires the addition of a new cloud server.

One exabyte of data equals about 3000 times the entire content of the Library of Congress. Another way of picturing an Exabyte of data is to think of the data as being 10,000 miles short of reaching the moon.

When we think of all the data that man has created since the beginning of time, it may be mind-boggling to think that some experts believe that 90% of all that data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of human existence.

It may be hard to believe but 570 new websites come into existence every minute of every day.

I.T. departments are expected to be looking after 10x more servers, 50x more data, and 75x more files by the year 2020.

In a report by PWC, it estimates that A.I. will contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy by the year 2030. A.I. is already making products and services better, and it’s expected that those improvements will boost North America’s GDP by 14% by 2030.

Personalization continues to gain strength. Many products you buy are being suggested to you by artificial intelligence. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, told investors that the company’s machine learning systems are being used to recommend products to customers on its e-commerce platform. A.I. is also helping to determine which deals to offer and at what point in time.

World-famous physicist Stephen Hawking predicted that A.I. would make a lot of jobs disappear. He was one of many deep thinkers who believe that A.I. systems will eliminate many jobs and not create enough to replace them. “The automation of factories has already decimated jobs in traditional manufacturing, and the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend this job destruction deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative or supervisory roles remaining.” There are many others who agree with his prediction. PwC says that 38% of U.S. jobs will be in danger of being lost to A.I. in the next 15 years.

Some researchers expect artificial intelligence systems to be only one-tenth as smart as a human by 2035. But you better watch out because things may change when we reach 2060. That is the period of time when many believe that AI could start doing all the tasks a human can do and do them better.

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Aug 20 21
Christina Zumwalt
The Nuts and Bolts of Cloud Computing

Although most people do not think about it, they probably use cloud computing every day. Anyone who uses an online service to send email, edit documents, play games, store pictures, watch movies and TV, or listen to music is utilizing the cloud. Companies from tiny startups to global corporations, government agencies to non-profits are embracing the technology for a variety of different reasons, including Creating new apps and services, storing, backing up, and recovering data, hosting websites and blogs, streaming audio and video, delivering software on demand and analyzing data for patterns and making predictions. Before making a move to the cloud, companies should understand the nuts and bolts of how cloud computing works, what benefits it can deliver, and the costs to run in the cloud.

What Is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing services all work a little differently, depending on who the provider is. Most provide a user-friendly, browser-based dashboard that makes it easy for IT professionals and developers to order resources and manage their accounts. Some cloud computing services are also designed to work with REST APIs and a command-line Cloud computing services all work a little differently, depending on who the provider is. Most provide a user-friendly, browser-based dashboard that makes it easy for IT professionals and developers to order resources and manage their accounts. Simply put, cloud computing is an arrangement between a provider and a customer that allows a customer access to a server that remains under the provider’s control. Usually, there is a recurring or monthly fee for these services. The customer can use the server in various ways, including as hardware on which programs run, or to store data. Using a server in this way is often referred to as IaaS. Others use the server as a platform on which to develop their own software (PaaS), and others use the server as a portal that accesses a service such as a payment portal for a customer or to process the customer’s data (SaaS).

Benefits Of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing can significantly reduce the investments an enterprise needs to make in hardware and software and eliminate the need for on-site data centers and IT staff to manage the infrastructure, which reduces utility, labor, and overhead costs.

Cloud computing eliminates the need for ongoing IT tasks such as “racking and stacking,” setting up hardware, and patching software. It makes your organization more productive and enables your IT personnel to focus on more important business goals.

Cloud computing provides an enterprise with elastic scalability to meet the ever-changing IT requirements of your enterprise. You will always have the right amount of IT resources available for storage, computing power, and bandwidth, whether your business is seasonal or steady.

The biggest cloud computing services run on a global network of secure data centers. In addition, they are regularly upgraded to the latest generation of the fastest and most efficient computing hardware. This means improved performance, reduced latency, and the benefit of economies of scale.

Cloud computing makes business continuity and disaster recovery easier, and less costly because data is mirrored

Cloud computing makes business continuity and disaster recovery more manageable and less costly because data is mirrored at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s global network.

Since cloud computing services are self-serve and on-demand, you can provision vast amounts of computing resources on the fly-in minutes. No more worries over capacity planning.


Cloud Types

Cloud computing services are defined by three categories: IaaS-The rental of IT infrastructure that includes servers, virtual machines, networks, operating systems, and data storage from a cloud provider on a pay-as-you-go basis.

PaaS– This includes cloud computing services that provide an on-demand environment that developers can utilize to develop, test, deliver and manage software applications.

SaaS– cloud computing that provides a way to deliver software applications over the internet on-demand. Normally these cloud services are on a subscription basis. The cloud provider hosts and manages the software application and the underlying infrastructure including maintenance, upgrades and software patches. Users connect to the application over the internet using a browser.

Cloud Computing Deployments

Cloud computing can be deployed in different ways, and it is crucial to understand how the different deployments work in order to choose the right type or combination of cloud deployments that best fit your organizational needs.

Public Cloud

A cloud owned and operated by a third-party provider. Computing resources, including servers and storage, are delivered over the internet. All of the system components such as hardware, software, and any other supporting infrastructure are owned and managed by the third-party cloud provider.

Private Cloud

Cloud resources that a single business or organization uses exclusively. The cloud can be physically located on a company’s on-site data center or hosted by a third-party provider. The services and infrastructure would be maintained on a private network.

Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud combines public and private clouds. The clouds are bound together by technology that allows data and applications to be shared. A hybrid cloud typically involves a firewall to enhance data security and applications moving between the two clouds. This is the best choice for many businesses because the private cloud better protects sensitive data, and it offers greater flexibility and more deployment options.

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Aug 13 21
Christina Zumwalt

Choosing your cloud provider or cloud providers can be a daunting experience. It is easy to become distracted if you do not decide on a plan for how to approach your decision-making.


When it comes to enterprise IT, many departments approach their decision-making from a tactical perspective looking at what capabilities and functionality support the strategic vision and direction of the company currently and When it comes to enterprise IT, many departments approach their decision-making from a tactical perspective looking at what capabilities and functionality support the strategic vision and direction of the company currently and in the future. This may mean looking at cloud providers that have data centers located around the globe if disaster recovery and business continuity are a primary concern. In other cases, an enterprise may approach its decision-making based more on features. These features are things like what cloud provider excels in, such as machine-learning, because it supports an enterprise’s capabilities and aligns with their vision of what the enterprise believes will be valuable. Most IT architects think strategically and consider criteria such as data storage capacity, company viability, market share, and computing capability. In general, most enterprises should approach choosing cloud providers strategically and tactically because it isn’t just about features. It is about much, much more, and whatever provider or providers you decide to work with, your internal IT will need to change skill sets. Everything will need to adapt to a new platform. The one thing you need to avoid is falling in love with specific features. Features have a way of casting a spell on us and distracting us from looking at things strategically and tactically.

Service Levels

If your enterprise has sensitive or critical needs around availability, capacity, response time, and support, you need to understand what your cloud provider Service level agreements are. You will also want to draft a contract that establishes and defines the cloud provider and cloud service customer relationship you are entering into. The contract should be written with clear contractual language and include SLA’s for all vital enterprise needs, including data security.

Evaluation Criteria

A strategic and tactical approach to cloud migration includes focusing on several core areas and how they integrate with your existing business and existing legacy architecture.

Architecture

It is essential to consider how the cloud architecture will integrate and support your existing workflows presently and in the future. If your current infrastructure and workflows already depend on a lot of Google services, then Google may provide better, easier integration. Still, if your enterprise has invested in Microsoft Universe, for example, then Microsoft may be the better provider.

Security

When selecting cloud providers or multiple providers, you should carefully consider where the provider data centers are located. If your organization utilizes highly sensitive applications, you may want at least one data center close to where your users are from a user’s perspective. For resiliency and disaster recovery, you will want a provider that has geographically diverse data centers that are not run off of the same electrical grid. There is yet another security consideration, and that is that if your company is global, you also need to consider where your provider hosts data because there are rules and regulations around data that are specific to a country.

Management

Another important criterion in choosing a cloud provider understands what your organization will have to manage. Every service utilizes different orchestration tools and provides various integrations with other services. If there are certain services your organization requires or are vital to your operations, you need to ensure that your provider offers an easy way to integrate with those services. You will also want to take a close look at how much time, effort, and money it is going to take to manage the different aspects of the cloud infrastructure you select.

Compliance

Some industry sectors are highly regulated and require strict compliance with specific standards and regulations like medical and financial organizations. You must understand what you will need if your applications run on a public cloud infrastructure. It is essential to be aware of what responsibilities in terms of data security and compliance are the responsibilities of your organization and which obligations your cloud provider will fulfill to ensure your applications remain compliant once migrated to the cloud.


With a tactical and strategic approach to choosing your cloud provider coupled with sound business research about your cloud provider candidates and the services they provide. You should be able to make a sound decision that will serve your enterprise well into the future.

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Aug 6 21
Christina Zumwalt
How Cloud Computing Can Enhance Your Enterprise Collaboration

The cloud is a great way to enhance your workplace collaboration. The cloud has brought benefits to how we share and store data, and that, in turn, is allowing businesses to connect and work more efficiently and productively. Here are five of the most important benefits of collaborating in the cloud.

Higher Engagement Levels

Have you had difficulty assembling project members for meetings? With cloud collaboration, you can allow access to projects, leading to increased employee participation because employees can access the information from any place at any time. Cloud collaboration allows every participant and an equal opportunity to provide input and feedback, which generally means greater engagement and participation.

Improved Organization and Real-Time Updates

With cloud data storage, your files and documents are all kept in a central, cloud-accessible location. This means an employee can work on a document without having to send updated versions. Updates and edits are immediate and appear in real-time. This eliminates the problem of version control and the pain of multiple documents being passed around. It reduces errors and eliminates confusion over which version is the latest.

Improved Access to Large Files

A lot of enterprises utilize large audio and video files. Normally. Email servers cannot handle large documents. Enter the cloud. With cloud computing solutions for file storage and access, you can eliminate the need to send documents using email. You can assure that anyone needing access to large files gets it in the cloud. No more waiting for large files. Immediate access means greater productivity and faster response. Without the need for email, there will be no more delay in distributing or receiving these larger documents.

Better Brainstorming

Because the cloud makes collaborating so easy, it can also be used as a forum for exchanging ideas or brainstorming. It is the perfect place for conversations and brainstorming to happen. It facilitates better communication between all collaborators.

How To Make the Most Out of Cloud Collaboration

There are a few helpful hints that can help you get the most out of Cloud Collaboration.

  • One of the most important things is to keep your team organized. Ensure all of your team members are informed about what is going on and how cloud collaboration will work. There is nothing more important than ensuring your team members are on the same page.
  • Remember to delegate tasks and do not try to handle everything yourself. Set up clear expectations and deadlines.
  • Utilize a single application and process for your cloud computing communications. This enables you to track discussions more easily and invite participants as well as document the progress made on your project.

Cloud computing collaboration can improve the quality of work your organization produces while increasing productivity and reducing the overall time it takes to complete a project. With good management processes in place, cloud collaboration can also enhance your efficiency and reduce costs and errors.

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Jul 23 21
Christina Zumwalt
What’s the Deal with Data?

Data is the lifeblood of cloud computing. Now it is no longer enough to have a data warehouse. Your business also needs a data lake. As cloud capabilities and digital transformation continue to expand and infiltrate our lives, it can be helpful to understand the different types of data and how the data is being used in the world of cloud and edge computing.

Big Data

We hear the term big data often. But what exactly is it? Big data is usually defined as large, diverse datasets that do not fit into a standardized relational database for processing and analysis. Both human and machine processes create the data.

Rob Thomas, general manager for IBM Analytics provides the following explanation of big data.

“While definitions of ‘big data’ may differ slightly, at the root of each are very large, diverse data sets that include structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, from different sources and in different volumes, from terabytes to zettabytes. It’s about datasets so large and diverse that it’s difficult, if not impossible, for traditional relational databases to capture, manage, and process them with low-latency.”  He hypothesizes that big data is a a really big deal because data is the fuel needed for machine learning and machine learning makes is responsible for creating the blocks we use to build artificial intelligence.  

Machine Data

Machine data can best be described as the digital dust particles left behind by the systems, technologies, and infrastructure that power modern businesses.

Think back on a typical day in your life. You get up and drive to the office in your connected car. You use your key card to gain entry to your place of business, then you log on to your computer, make a few phone calls, respond to the emails in your inbox, and access several applications. Every interaction with a machine and every activity you perform creates a wealth of machine data in various formats.

Machine data includes data from a broad array of different sources. It is extremely valuable because it contains an accurate time record of all the activity and behavior of applications, servers, networks, customers, users, transactions, and mobile devices.

When machine data is available and provided in a format an organization can use, it can help them troubleshoot problems, identify security threats and use machine learning to predict future trends and issues.

Structured, Unstructured, and Semi-Structured Data

How do we determine what data is structured and what data is unstructured? We classify data as structured or unstructured by whether the data has a pre-defined data model and whether it’s organized in a pre-defined way. Unstructured data, therefore, does not have any recognizable structure. It is raw data. This raw data can be textual or non-textual and include dates, numbers, and facts. There is a category of data referred to as loosely structured data. This is when data sources include a structure, but not all of the data set follows the same format.

Dark Data

Businesses are constantly collecting data and information assets. When the data and information assets are set aside and not utilized apart from being processed and stored this type of data is referred to as dark data. 

Real Time Data

Real-time data refers to computing that happens about as fast as a human being is capable of perceiving. Basically, it means data is available immediately without waiting. Real-time data is important because technologies such as edge computing, smart technologies, and 5G rely on instantaneous data.

Real-time data is essential for smart technology-specifically smart cities where real-time data is used with everything from dispatching emergency resources in a road crash to traffic control. Real time data also provides a better link between consumers and businesses. It allows companies to offer their customers the most relevant products and services at exact moments based upon location and preferences. We are only beginning to realize the power of real-time data in our daily lives.

Data is driving the evolution of cloud computing and more. It truly is the engine behind the machines.

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Jul 16 21
Christina Zumwalt
How the Cloud Helps Optimize the Customer Journey

The fact of the matter is that customer expectations have never been higher. The stakes for enterprises are enormous. Business depends on customers, and their experience with a company determines whether they buy again or seek a better experience online or in a bricks-and-mortar shop. Good service is paramount. With the high global spending on cloud infrastructure, one of the ways to recoup those investment dollars is to ensure your cloud infrastructure has the capability to optimize your customer’s experience, which in turn will benefit your business.

So, where can you begin to optimize your customer experience with your cloud infrastructure? One area to focus in on is cloud-based services that help automate processes for your customers. Customers today expect a seamless shopping experience. They expect their favorite brands to know exactly what they want, what they need, how they shop, excellent, fast, and efficient customer service both online or in a store.

Some of the many benefits cloud services can deliver include:

  • Syncing up your inventory both online and in physical stores
  • The ability for in-store clerks to check inventory in real-time using mobile devices
  • Real-time pricing that can be automatically increased or decreased to match demand
  • Personalized emails based on shopper preferences and buying habits

Predictive Analytics

One of the things that matter most to businesses today is human connections. Companies are searching for more ways to connect with their customers as individuals because when one can personalize an experience to the individual, the experience will be more relevant, driving more revenue opportunities. The cloud can provide predictive analytic capabilities that allow your business the harness the power of profitable customer acquisition strategies based on retention data. All that data on customer engagement helps companies and brands to truly understand what their customers are interested in and what the individual intent really is. Predictive analytics allows brands to be proactive in their engagement with their customers. Brands can identify where the individual is in their customer journey and optimize the content the customer sees, time content to correspond to where they are in their journey, and deliver the content by the individual’s preferred marketing channel.

Encouraging Brand Loyalty

Loyalty programs are very popular with consumers, and the cloud enables the users of loyalty programs to access various platforms all the time. Cloud-based identity management loyalty program members can log into a single platform at any location and any time to redeem miles, book flights, and much more. Making their experience efficient and easy.

Resource Planning Breaks Down Boundaries

With the ability to move enterprise resource planning into the cloud, it opened the doors to visualize and see what is happening at every point of your supply chain. Enterprises can pass on that value to consumers from marketing all the way through fulfillment, allowing for the development of new business models that cater even more closely to the individual needs and demands of your customers.

Finally, cloud-based services provide agility and support enhanced collaboration meaning app development occurs much faster, and customer demands can be addressed more quickly than ever, helping retain customers.

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Jul 14 21
Christina Zumwalt
Cloud Computing In Simple Terms

Although you may not realize it, most people use cloud computing in one way or another every day. Using an online service to send an email, edit documents, play games, store pictures, watch movies and TV, or listen to music utilizes the cloud. The first cloud computing services are a decade or so old, and companies from tiny startups to global corporations, government agencies to non-profits are embracing the technology for a variety of different reasons, including; Creating new apps and services, storing, backing up, and recovering data, hosting websites and blogs, streaming audio and video, delivering software on demand and analyzing data for patterns and making predictions. Before making a move to the cloud, companies should understand the nuts and bolts of how cloud computing works, what benefits it can deliver, and the costs to run in the cloud.

What Is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing services work a little differently, based on who the provider is. Most provide a user-friendly, browser-based dashboard that makes it easy for technology professionals and developers to add resources and manage their accounts. Some cloud services are also designed to work with REST APIs and a command-line Cloud computing services work a little differently, based on who the provider is. Most provide a user-friendly, browser-based dashboard that makes it easy for technology professionals and developers to add resources and manage their accounts. Some cloud services are also designed to work with REST APIs and a command-line interface (CLI), giving developers multiple options. Simply put, cloud computing is an arrangement between a provider and a customer that allows customer access to a server that remains under the provider’s control. Typically there is a recurring or monthly fee for these services. The customer can use the server in a variety of ways, including as hardware on which programs run or store data. Using a server in this way is often referred to as IaaS. Others use the server as a platform on which to develop their own software (PaaS), and others use the server as a portal that accesses a service such as a payment portal for a customer or to process the customer’s data (SaaS).

Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing can significantly reduce the investments an enterprise needs to make in hardware and software and eliminate the need for on-site data centers and IT staff to manage the infrastructure, reducing utility, labor, and overhead costs.

Cloud computing eliminates the need for ongoing IT tasks such as “racking and stacking,” setting up hardware, and patching software. It makes your organization more productive and enables your IT personnel to focus on more important business goals.

Cloud computing provides an enterprise elastic scalability to meet the ever-changing IT requirements of your enterprise. You will always have the right amount of IT resources available for storage, computing power, and bandwidth, whether your business is seasonal or steady.

The bigger cloud computing services run on a global network of secure data centers. In addition, they are regularly upgraded to the latest generation of the fastest and most efficient computing hardware. This means improved performance, reduced latency, and the benefit of economies of scale.

Cloud computing makes business continuity and disaster recovery easier and less costly because data is mirrored to redundant sites on the cloud provider’s global network.

Since cloud computing services are self-serve and on-demand, you can provision vast amounts of computing resources on the fly-in minutes — no more worries over capacity planning.

Cloud Types

Cloud computing services are defined by three categories: IaaS-The rental of IT infrastructure that includes servers, virtual machines, networks, operating systems, and data storage from a cloud provider on a pay-as-you-go basis.

PaaS– This includes cloud computing services that provide an on-demand environment that developers can utilize to develop, test, deliver, and manage software applications.

SaaS– cloud computing that provides a way to deliver software applications over the internet on-demand. Normally these cloud services are on a subscription basis. The provider hosts and manages the software application and the underlying infrastructure, including maintenance, upgrades, and software patches. Users will connect to the application using an internet browser.

Cloud Computing Deployments

Cloud computing can be deployed in different ways, and it is crucial to understand how the different deployments work in order to choose the right type or combination of cloud deployments that best fit your organizational needs.

Public Cloud

A cloud owned and operated by a third party provider. Computing resources, including servers and storage, are delivered over the internet. All of the components of the system, such as hardware, software, and any other supporting infrastructure are owned and managed by the third party cloud provider.

Private Cloud

Cloud resources that a single business or organization uses exclusively. The cloud can be physically located on a comA cloud owned and operated by a third-party provider. Computing resources, including servers and storage, are delivered over the internet. All of the components of the system, such as hardware, software, and any other supporting infrastructure, are owned and managed by the third-party cloud provider.

Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cA hybrid cloud combines public and private clouds. The clouds are bound together by technology that allows data and applications to be shared. A hybrid cloud normally involves a firewall to enhance data security and applications moving between the two clouds. This is the best choice for many businesses because the private cloud better protects sensitive data, and it offers greater flexibility and more deployment options.

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Jun 25 21
Christina Zumwalt
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, And Conversational Interfaces

Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, and conversational interfaces are all affecting the way web design happens. It was a website development and design system that was powered by artificial intelligence. The idea was a platform where site modules and other interaction patterns design themselves without the need of a designer. Conversational interfaces would engage the user to supply information and make decisions about the design of the website is created, but the results did not live up to the hype. The resulting sites were a disaster. The good news in the accident? Designer jobs will remain safe for the foreseeable future.

Smarter Design Systems

Design systems are a series of patterns, modules, and elements that, taken together, build the design language of a brand or a product. Start-ups and enterprises alike trust their design systems to keep their products consistent for users. Adding a layer of intelligence to these systems to analyze how users interact with each element will help identify which parts work best for each function. With AI and machine learning, these intelligence layers learn and determine what things are working and what aren’t. It will help to optimize design systems to deliver better results. Some web design companies are doing precisely that. Squarespace and Wix embed AI into their workflows to guide designers on more mundane design decisions. We can expect to see more AI-driven tools embedded within design processes.

Creativity versus Task Automation

Design is more complicated than other jobs that are task-driven and repetitive. These repetitive types of jobs are the ones that are most likely to be replaced by robots. As for design, it requires the ability to assess information within different contexts, to establish a framework for design, as well as an empathy for other users. Robots are not sophisticated enough at this time to successfully perform jobs that require that kind of perspective, insight, and creativity. In the future, they will be well suited to automating repetitive tasks and making designers more efficient.

What we will see in the next several years

We can expect to see designers and robots working together to create all sorts of new opportunities. One area where robots could benefit designers is automating specific tasks like cropping assets, color correcting photos, and resizing images. AI is perfect for automating many of these tedious, repetitive tasks associated with a designer’s role.

Everyone Will Become A Designer

Most design jobs today are defined by creative and social intelligence. The skill sets associated with these job titles require problem framing, creative problem solving, empathy, negotiation skills, and persuasion. One of the most significant expected impacts of AI will be to make everyone a designer. There will be a push for all individuals to increase their employability by developing their creativity and social intelligence skills. These skills will no longer be limited to designers only. Instead of just training traditional creative occupations in design thinking techniques, all rules will be trained to use the skills traditionally reserved for design and original positions. Designers will need to have additional knowledge and expertise. Expertise should be in the fields of multidisciplinary contexts that will bring that extra value to the job roles that companies look to employ. In turn, it could lead to exotic specializations. There are already examples of this trend. The Seattle mayor’s office has created an innovation team tasked with finding solutions to some of Seattle’s most immediate issues and concerns. The group includes designers and design strategists and embraces human-centered design as a philosophy to guide their work. A new integrated design and management program at MIT is yet another example of this trend. Even medical schools are beginning to train future physicians in design thinking. Design is taking on a much broader role and significance in work processes as well as opening up new opportunities for educators across different disciplines to include creative intelligence training and human-centered design as part of their courses and curricula.

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