What cloud computing is doing for emerging markets
By Adrian Bridgwater
The breadth, power and scope of cloud computing has changed the way we think about information technology and the next generation of software currently being built. Given what is effectively no upper limit on the extent of IT resources available, any data job for an application or database can theoretically be increased, or decreased, by an order of magnitude in a short time.
The expression web-scale may have come out of the marketing rhetoric that cloud industry vendors are so fond of, but it does have a meaning. We now understand web-scale to mean the opportunity for a cloud application to be as wide as the web itself where needed.
This same globally connected all-inclusiveness factor also has an impact on the people that use cloud computing. Leaving local data governance and compliance issues aside, cloud networks don’t particularly care where users are in the world. Although there is still a question of latency for highly intensive applications, a cloud user could be sitting in Fiji and logging into a server located in Glasgow, and some of them probably are.
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