What the new generation of cloud-native applications can do, and what happens to those left behind.
In the beginning there were mainframes: big, expensive computers that could only do one thing at a time. The personal computing revolution gave us each a mainframe on our desktop.
The development of servers and networks allowed these desktop computers to offload some of their work, and then virtualisation allowed all of these bits of hardware to work much more efficiently together. The way had been cleared for the cloud as we know it today.
Cloud allows for the efficient use of distributed hardware, and, crucially, does so on-demand. If you need an hour of Google server time, you pay for that hour. Cloud is convenient, doesn’t require you to own physical hardware, and allows for flexibility and agility
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