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Mobile and Cloud Technology Brings Back the Concept of Hardware

Posted on Sep, 22, 2017

Cloud and Mobile Technology are considered the two most powerful catalysts to bring back the concept of hardware.

The Cloud and Hardware

The cloud services were introduced to overcome all the complexities involved in maintaining the hardware and software and adding the new computer to the system. In short, the entire cloud wave began in order to save the hardware cost associated with a single system.

However, with the growing dependence on the cloud services, there are many customers who pay for the services either within an organization or for public cloud service. To run such a cloud services on a larger scale, it requires a massive amount of hardware. In addition, to continue offering reliable and high-quality services, cloud services need to have a massive amount of hardware. For example, there are more than one million physical servers of Microsoft’s cloud computing service, Azure. A lot of hardware is required to maintain such an infrastructure. With this, the company is looking forward to growing the service capacity by 200% in a couple of years.

According to a recent survey, Microsoft’s cloud services like Azure and Office 365 require more than 17 percent of the total server hardware produced on earth. Amazon, which is one of the leading cloud services providers in the world, has five times more cloud infrastructure than it’s next 14 competitors combined. Amazons cloud infrastructure includes servers, networking gear, and other hardware.

By Virtualization, more efficiency was achieved in the data centers closet to own servers, thus causing softness in the hardware market. It was applicable for our own resource pools. However, with the growth of the public cloud, there are many big and minor players, which continue to purchase hardware and deploy new servers.

Mobility and Hardware

In the corporate world, where the desktop or PCs are used, the hardware lifecycle is lengthened to three to five years. This is because of the pace of innovation in the field of hardware as compared to software. Whereas a normal consumer looks for a cheap PC or MACs, as well as ready to invest in Android-based Smartphones and tablets. This does not mean that the traditional desktops or laptops are dead in any mean.

For example, Microsoft uses a strategy, which involves its own devices as well as the third-party hardware ecosystem partners to provide both enterprise, and consumer level services. Apple, on the other hand, had forced the entire industry to a post-PC state with its iPad. However, the latest Smartphones and tablets that are being used comprises of powerful hardware as well. With time, it is going to get cheaper with more powerful hardware. So, we cannot say that the hardware components are getting vanished. Today, you can get a Smartphone with Internet-connection for $50-70. In a couple of years, such Smartphones would be available for $10-20. However, there is plenty to be explored in the emerging markets for tablets and Smartphones.

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