Cloud computing is the next big concept. The concept is gradually taking its form and shape with more and more companies adapting to the cloud. Similar to the cloud in the sky, which is a condensed form of water vapours; ready to pour in at any moment, the Cloud system is also an amalgamation of a whole lot of concepts and systems.
Impregnated with tremendous business opportunities for people from almost all walks of life; cloud computing is throwing sea opportunities especially to web hosting companies, website reseller, e-business service providers, and m-commerce facilitators.
Let us have a look at the other concepts that resemble cloud computing in functioning or system architecture.
This is a distributed system, which represents an association of computers resources from more than one geographical location with non-interactive workloads. The entire system is connected through a super fast network, sharing devices, such as mass storage, RAM, printers, disk drives etc, to attain a common goal and make the system quick in response to commands.
Mainframe computers got their name from the big cabinets that contain the central processing unit and distinguished parts required for specialized heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. These systems are particularly designed to manage the requirement of high volume input and output. You can find its application in industries and government purposes requiring calculation and interpretation of huge data.
Cluster computing uses a set of loosely connected tightly connected computers attached to each other over a fast LAN. The entire set up is viewed as a single unit; however, each node in the set up runs its dedicated instances of OS. Clusters are increasingly popular due to their low cost nature and ability to run commands anywhere, anytime.
P2P computer set ups behave both as suppliers and consumers within the system. Each node in the system makes available part of their processing power, memory space, and network bandwidth to the other participants in the system. Due to the load sharing principle of the system, the output is exceptionally fast.
The concept was started by IBM in 2001 with a view to introducing self-management capability in the computer systems in a distributed environment. The entire is governed by set of high-level policies and are capable of making their own decisions, automatically adapt them to the changing environment, and optimize their resources.
One of the oldest models of distributed network system, cloud-server model works on the principle of dividing workloads between the servers and clients by the efficient use of cooperating programs in an application. Both the server and the client reside in the same network; however, the client never shares its resources with the server.
The above mentioned models of early network systems build the solid foundation of today’s cloud computing. Cloud computing is just about to cross its infancy and picking up its pace faster. Maybe, in the coming time, cloud will spread across organizations; however, the basic models will still keep on adding to its growth.