Virtual infrastructure availability predetermined rapid emergence of cutting-edge business models, which we are going to discuss in this article.
For the last few years, the word ‘cloud’ accompanies each and every popular service or app description. Despite such aggressive marketing, cloud stacks and innovative platforms based on them have changed really many things in the way modern companies work. Here we are going to familiarize you with the most widespread Cloud Native approaches.
- Cloud hosting: smart tariffing. To put it in a nutshell, cloud technologies are a program suite for server virtualization automating, due to which you can easily create new VPS, orchestrate and run it within a few seconds. Ordering a hosting used to be a time-taking tricky process formerly. Cloud automation has made it easier, less time-consuming for sysadmins, and thereby cheaper for the end users. As server creation, deletion and migration became momentary actions, hosting providers introduced smart tariffing. So you only pay for resources consumed to solve your computing tasks or for incoming traffic now.
- Data storing: freemium services. Many of us remember data storages of aughties: files downloading for ages, data deleted automatically if not used, and limited download rate. Fortunately, cloud architecture has changed the general landscape of this industry. VMs are isolated from hardware they live on. Thus, cloud resources can be scaled automatically as long as there is a pool you can derive them from.
- Cloud gaming. Subscribers of online gaming services can play expensive releases for relatively small monthly payment. Such service is a great source of extra income for game developing companies themselves. Streaming service of computer games is also gaining popularity. It turns common office computers into powerful gaming ones, executing all the code in the cloud. Instead of buying expensive consoles and video cards you can simply buy a subscription to one of these services. However, you need a high-speed Internet connection in order to use them.