You Have a Supercomputer in Your Hand

Kent Roberts
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This article recommends a cPanel Cloud Hosting plan to meet your cloud computing needs and have full control of your server environment. First, though, we explore broad cloud technology impact on our lives, through the following sections:

  • Introduction: Where the cloud is headed
  • Wall Street Journal: You have a supercomputer in your hand
  • Atlantic.Net: cPanel cloud VPS hosting.

Introduction: Where the cloud is headed

Although cloud technology is seen as a revolutionary alternative to traditional technology, the popularity of the virtualization system did not arise spontaneously. It’s been discussed by the media and major industry players for years. We started to explore a report by Joe Mullich of the Wall Street Journal in a previous article on the OS- ready cloud VPS.

Although the WSJ article was published in 2011 and clearly does not address developments that have taken place over the past three years, it is “big picture” enough and contains strong enough ideas that it demands further review. It also helps that Mullich is looking toward the future, at where the cloud is headed. In some cases it’s obvious that he was right and changes have occurred as he indicates. In others it suggests possible areas for refocus.

Wall Street Journal: You have a supercomputer in your hand

Several of the ways that the cloud would impact business in everyday life include the following, per Mullich (who in turn cites various tech experts):

Hey, you know what you might like?

One of the primary disruptions will involve personalization, according to John Hagel, who co-chairs the Deloitte Center for the Edge, a research facility located in Silicon Valley.

Companies will legitimately think that they understand you better and can help narrow you in on solutions that best fit your preferences and situation. Mining big data and processing it through predictive analytics applications, companies will want a relationship with you based on their sense of your ongoing needs – “a key way retailers will fight against commoditization.”

Figuring out just what consumers want will create a strong data science industry that studies our online behavior. We often get recommendations based on analysis of our past behavior within one system, such as Netflix. However, more sophisticated, integrated algorithms will look at your activity across the Internet. By gauging it in real time, a company is able to “suggest things [the consumer] didn’t even know [they] wanted to look at,” says Hagel.

An example of this effort from advertising is retargeting. However, Internet-wide efforts to personalize your experience have probably been stymied by reluctance from individual organizations to disclose all their data and from consumers to be comfortable with a more interconnected, unified, and personalized user experience.

Better, faster decision-making

The cloud effectively boosts the capabilities of every smart phone, tablet, and PC so that, right now, you have a supercomputer in your hand. The resources of the cloud are, for all intents and purposes, infinite. You can use on-demand, per-second processing from a cloud system to store data in whatever way you want it.

You could fuse together real-time stock market information, changes to the weather, news reports, social media posts, and blog comments to measure small but noticeable shifts in the market environment and public perception. By connecting the data from all those sources and pulling them into a simulation you enter through your cell phone, you can know instantly what stocks to buy and sell.

It will be much simpler to conduct research studies as well, as indicated by an Association of American Medical Colleges article on the topic that we often cite in this blog.

The age of the overnight success

In the cloud era, SMBs will be able to utilize the cloud to compete with enterprises. Mullich references David Dobson, a VP at hosting provider CA Technologies, who says that global reach will be instantly accessible. Startups will be able to scale and make a name for themselves within days. These companies will be able to reach the masses without the need for on-premises data centers or colocation, says Dobson: “Instead of deploying on-site infrastructure to run their operations, companies can access infrastructure-as-a-service.”

Less problems with laptop security

If you are in the healthcare industry, you are probably aware that unencrypted laptops and mobile devices represent one of the most common HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) violations. That’s unsurprising when you consider that 10,278 laptops are reported stolen each week at three dozen of the largest airports in the country.

Greg Bell, auditing and tax security specialist at KPMG, notes that if you want to go the traditional route, “people can carry a laptop with all their secrets, like customer and payroll information.” You just need to encrypt that data.

However, many nations have made it illegal to bring un-encrypted computers across their borders. The cloud does away with that issue by keeping all the data at a distance. You don’t have to store your information on the PC anymore. Instead, you use it just as you do the Internet – a device through which you simply get access to the information and manage it.

Atlantic.Net: cPanel cloud VPS hosting

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By Kent Roberts

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