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Cloud and new app development

Benefits of cloud computing for app developers. A stunning growing trend.

Source:wired.it – Martino de Mori – 1/10/2014

Without realizing it, we are often surrounded by applications based on cloud platform. And this trend is growing: the Internet of Thing era is started and the market will reach 300 billion dollars within 2020. This means that not only all the apps connected with this trend will be in cloud, but also apps linked with it in other fields, such as data management, security and mobile (obviously). Let’s explore this world.

How it works

Cloud computing uses big data centers (owned by IT giant company) which virtualize machines and replace personal and company computers and servers. These data centers elaborates computation related to many applications, with the following benefits.

Growing trend
A quarter of the 20 million developers in the world works on cloud platform. This trend is constantly growing, because cloud computing simplifies and accelerates app creation process.

Technologies
Every app has a final recipient. Therefore exist three different dimensions on the cloud, each of them connected with different technical contests according to the target:
infrastructure as a service (IaaS), adressed to system analysts and informatics infrastructures experts,
platform as a service (PaaS), for developers and solutions experts,
software as a service (SaaS), for final users.

A single framework
The process of creation of tradition apps needs different frameworks. Firstly the app is developed, than is tested and pre-produced and at the end it is produced for final users. This long process needs firstly informatics experts for the design of a complex platform sized to final users. A scalable, reliable and 24h available platform needs many investments and competencies. Using cloud computing there are no differences among development, test pre-production and production environment: all the process is made in a single frameworks.

Low-cost and fast
Thanks to the reasons developing apps in cloud computing is a fast and low-cost process: costs for purchase, installation, set up, hardware and software integration needed in a traditional application are almost near zero. Furthermore some services, such as platform as a service, are interesting worlds for developers.

Remote working
The cloud system allows remote working. It is possible to verify on the pc if the app is correctly developed and to intervene if there are problems on the front end web infrastructure.

Generally, in order to make real tests it is needed a deployment on remote infrastructures, to which is possible to access with an account (with a cloud platform it is needed a registration).

Release
Also this step is simpler, because there aren’t technical stages that need time and competences, or better said, these stages are made in cloud. After tests, you need to make the final deployment of your app and disclose it.

Scalability
Cloud elasticity allows to modify platform according to user needs, making it scalable to infinity.

http://www.wired.it/mobile/app/2014/10/01/cloud-sviluppo-delle-nuove-app/

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