Developing Software using Cloud Computing
Rhys - May 8th, 2012 5:41 PM
Cloud computing is just one of the many promising new technologies that is transforming the information world and making information processing more efficient and effective. Dell Cloud computing allows firms to purchase computing ability and storage space as a flexible service rather than as a set block of capacity that must be purchased in its entirety rather than in proportion to the amount actually needed. For example, with cloud computing, a firm could purchase server space from a cloud computing firm at the rate that the space will be needed, while otherwise the firm would need to purchase its own servers and would need to purchase an entire server even if only half the space from the server is actually needed.
If you are developing software you may not have enough room on your hard drives or even a server. Buying more space can be costly and really not efficient, so looking to go cloud based could be a great option. You may worry that your information may not be safe just sitting there on the Internet; however if you go with a reliable company that makes security a top priority you should be fine.
Another benefit of using cloud computing is that you can access your work from anywhere. No longer are you confined to your desk or home office. As a software developer you may want a break or may work better at a different location, such as the mountains. As long as you have access to the Internet you should be able to access your information in the cloud.
After you develop your software you will want to take it to venture capitalists and other investors. Instead of bringing your laptop and other computer items for your presentation you could just store your presentation on your cloud server and then use a computer onsite.
Another consideration is looking at your operating system. If you have Windows XP or Windows Vista you may want to invest in a Dell Windows 7 upgrade. The power of a high performance laptop or desktop combined with Windows 7 provides a great starting point to developing your software.
The advancements in Windows 7 over Vista are substantial. The speeds of opening programs, booting up, and running multiple large software suites are great using Windows 7 along with a multi-core computer.
Another major complaint about Windows Vista was the amount of crashes the computer experienced, when Microsoft developed Windows 7 they focused on fixing a lot of the complaints that users had. You don’t want to be working on a piece of software then have your system crash. There is nothing more frustrating than losing work.
Do yourself a favor and upgrade your system and use cloud services when working on a new project. You will be amazed at how much time is freed up and how much easier your life will be with the new technology that is in place.