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The Impact of Cloud Computing on Developers
You are talking a lot about cloud but how will it impact me as a developer?
Mar. 22, 2011 12:00 PM
Cloud impact on developers
That gave me a spark to write this article. This article will provide an overview of the impact of cloud computing on developers and it is purely from developer's standpoint.
Adoption in the upcoming cloud world is inevitable. So we need to be aware of how it will impact us and in what way we need to change ourselves to adapt to the cloud. As we already have a good basic understanding of cloud features and benefits, let us move directly into the subject.
In a bird's eye view on this subject, the immediate question that will arise is:
Are developers going to do anything new compared to their current day- to-day activities? Definitely it is a big "NO", then, are they going to do the same which they were doing? Again the answer is "NO". So what exactly is going to change from a developer's standpoint?
"Developers are going to do the same in terms of their development process/lifecycle, but at the same time they need to learn a bit about the new technology and new platform where the applications will be hosted"
By visualizing the current and cloud developer's environment; we can get a quick understanding on the actual change.
The current scenario of development environment can be depicted as below:
"Customer location" is the location of the customer to whom we will provide the development service and Support. Customer location consists of Customer's data centre and end-users. Remote location is the location of developer service or support providers. Secured-VPN and dedicated network connections are available in current scenario to establish the connection between client and remote location. The communication between customer and remote location is highly secured.
In a Cloud scenario of development work can be depicted as below:
Compared to the current scenario, the cloud scenario has one more location called "Cloud data centre" it is the location of cloud service provider. Customer's data centre is hosted in Cloud data centre and this can be utilised based on the requested and agreed services with cloud service provider. Customer can use the data centre or its services on "Pay as you go" basis, there are other types of cloud delivery model and this is a quick example. These locations are connected with secured connection and the level of security is slightly less compared to the current scenario. It's expected that cloud providers will overcome the network security related concerns, making it highly secured one.
As depicted above the major difference is where the actual application is hosted. In current scenario it will be at the customer's data centre and in cloud scenario it will be in the cloud data centre which is outside the customer location.
This scenario based explanations would give us, some fair understanding on what is the exact difference between current and cloud development environment.
In the section below, we have covered the major parameters which require more clarification from the developer's perspective to understand the impact of cloud from their standpoint. Those can be categorized into:
A. Development solution Approach and process/lifecycle
B. Development Technology
C. Development Platform and hosting environment
This article has provided certain level of insight into cloud and its impact to developers, which will give them a fair idea on the latest hot topic -cloud. As known to all "changes only do not change in the world", specifically in IT arena we need to adapt with the modernised new changes. Cloud will concentrate more on the user benefits and features, Thereby we need to understand this view and provide the development approach and solution it in a more agile manner. Developers can easily adapt to this change as it's less complicated and more agile environment.
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