What Amazon Cloud Computing Really Means to Today’s Webmaster
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing, though latterly gaining in popularity, is not a new concept and has been in occurrence for about a decade. Cloud computing is a system where provisions of high-powered computer resources work data and applications from a central location over the Internet. No special software is needed to utilize these applications. For example, a few popular cloud-based apps that are broadly used today are the free email offerings such as Yahoo Mail, Gmail, and Hotmail. Facebook is also a cloud-based app.
Applications “in the cloud” may be access employing a standard Internet browser, from either location and outwardly requiring special software. Although some cloud-based apps may require a certain browser plug-in, cloud apps allow users to access them without installing additional software on their computers or devices.
Cloud-based apps may also be accessed by mobile devices and from any Internet-connected location. Applications in the cloud use share resources to produce on-demand computing services to a variety of users. One major change for webmasters is that they now need to embrace skills that will enable them to maintain mobile sites and cloud-based apps.
Cloud Computing and the Webmaster
Cloud computing has various and far-reaching implications for the webmaster. As those who produce for the web are in the “eye of the storm” where cloud computing is involved, it becomes important for webmasters to understand and master web delivery systems that will continue to affect and change how they do their jobs.
Amazon offers webmasters and developers several tools for developing and managing web applications in the cloud. Amazon’s cloud-based web services incorporate their content delivery system, CloudFront. Amazon also offers an e-commerce cloud service which will provide order fulfillment via Amazon product warehouses known as Amazon Fulfillment Services. Amazon S3, an acronym for Uncomplicated Storage Services, offer cloud-based data and file storage, and the Virtual Private Cloud (VPS) offers secure, private networking from the cloud.
Amazon Cloud Computing is changing the way webmasters, as well as users, interact with software. To stay relevant, webmasters must embrace these changes and alter their thinking about web-based delivery systems.