Cloud Computing and IT

by Joe C

Cloud computing is making it easier for start up companies to take off as businesses can pay for the exact processing power they need. The rise of cloud computing is changing the IT market in that less IT positions will be needed, but instead businesses will be looking for desired skill sets. In particular, emerging skills include data mining, web analytics and statistics, and business intelligence. Computer science is constantly changing so students are slowly being taught to specialize in certain fields when they get out of college. Of course, they are taught the basics such as javascript and flash so they can at least start figuring out what to do when thrown in any direction. There are benefits of both generalization and specialization. In small companies, you will be the IT guy everybody goes to so you will need a decent understanding of everything. As with bigger companies, cloud computing is allowing companies to go process very detailed and advanced techniques so you will have to be able to handle advanced concepts and scaling. Overall, with all these emerging changes, the best type of employee that employers will want to hire are those who can easily change and adapt to these volatile conditions.



Cloud computing is a new form of computing service in which users basically pay per computer processing resource they require. It is an online service where you are able to rent/borrow the processing power of other computers to do work for you. In this manner, you are able to pay for just the amount of processing power you need, making it very versatile especially for companies that require varying amounts of processing power at different times. It basically makes it so that instead of having to purchase costly hardware parts, you can use this processing service much like electricity or gas at a house.

I think this concept is really genius because it trims the cost of processing by so much. It is a pay per use service so there is no waste, you use what you need and you pay for exactly what you get. You don’t have to overpay for a super computer and let it go to waste during idle time when you don’t need your computer. You don’t have to complain and end up paying more when you don’t have enough processing power. You just pay for what you need when you need it. With this type of service that cuts all the fat, it’s no wonder why emerging businesses are able to take off so easily. Buying computers is a huge cost but with this, companies can save that expense and use it on other things.



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3 thoughts on “Cloud Computing and IT”

  1. I just wrote a article on Apples new Cloud Computing service iCloud, and I think its all very interesting. Not only does it allow start up companies the abilities to use just the right amount of processing power but the storage they need as well. Even big players like Microsoft (With Windows 8) and Apple (with iCloud which was released with IOs 5) are getting into it. This is where the next big thing will be.

  2. I always hear about people talking that cloud computing is where the future is heading. It seems like an interesting trend but its not without its limitations. In fact we still have a while before we change business into that type of computing. I think business take privacy seriously and they want to know that they just will not be allowing someone pry into their daily business practices by using the internet. You still have to buy a computer so it technically doesn’t save you costs in equipment. And most likely businesses will pay for services of cloud computing. I guess its a mix of finding the perfect balance and cost.

  3. I agree with the other comments with the fact that cloud computing is the future. I do, however, admit that it does have limitations like David pointed out, but I believe that cloud computing will eventually be rid of these limitations. And I think it will be sooner than expected. You can sort of say Moore’s law applies to cloud computing as well.

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