What has the cloud changed in the world of information technology? The cloud has made it easier to carry out large scale tasks in a variety of different industries with some not directly related to computing. The cloud has changed the way that we deliver technology. The cloud is a form of technology in itself. In fact, let’s look at the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of technology:
1) The use of science in industry, engineering, etc., to invent useful things or to solve problems.
2) A machine, piece of equipment, method, etc., that is created by technology.
Everything about the cloud fits into the dictionary definition of technology. The adaptation of the cloud has led us to invent useful things and solve problems. Recently, CloudWedge featured an article about how Dr. Yijan Yu believes MH370 and other lost airliners could be found using cloud services. These types of projects make it clear that the cloud is new technology at its core.
It is a common misconception for people to think that the cloud is just another way to store files. Ask the average consumer who does not have a career in information technology: “What is the cloud?” They will most likely refer to the clouds in the sky or cloud file storage. Once the mainstream public realizes what they can do with the power of cloud computing, who knows what kind of problems can be solved? One of the more intriguing advances in cloud technology is the use of GPUs in the cloud. GPUs rapidly perform calculations which are typically used to render graphics on computers and on console games.
These GPUs can also be used to do other types of calculations such as cracking codes, performing large scale data mining operations and more. Public cloud providers typically sell virtual machines with GPUs around $.65 per hour. The use of GPUs in the cloud is expected to rise which will result in a decrease of price as time goes on. The technology that the cloud has brought to us so far is quite impressive. Just imagine what types of cloud technology will be available within 5 years from now, especially if public cloud computing services become the baseline for technology innovation.