How Cloud Computing Can Change Web App Development

By James Tredwell on March 23, 2019

With the advancements in technology and with the increasing number of Web apps, the need to improve efficiency has increased. Developers are looking forward towards such tools that not only enable them to work efficiently but can also automate certain tasks. Automation at effective cost is becoming the need of the hour to tackle the ever-growing demand. With such a need in hand, cloud computing has gained appreciable popularity in recent years.

Before we dig deep into our central concept, let’s first understand what cloud computing is.

What is Cloud Computing?

According to Wikipedia:

“Cloud computing is shared pools of configurable computer system resources and higher-level services that can be rapidly provisioned with minimal management effort, often over the Internet.”

In simple words, cloud computing harnesses the power of computers connected over the Internet to do the computation. Cloud computing, in recent years, has shown great improvement. A number of vendors have come up with their platforms to provide cloud computing services.

With high competition in the market, cloud services are now available at budget-friendly rates with surprising uptime. With the increasing availability and reliability, corporates are moving most of their business process to the cloud. From development to marketing, cloud services are proving their benefits over conventional methods. Here we’ll discuss one such area, i.e., web application development.

What is a Web App?

A Web App is basically an application program that resides on remote servers and is accessed by users over the Internet, through a web browser. To access a web app, it is not necessary to download it, rather it can be accessed through the network.

As the trend for digitization is increasing, so is increasing for web application development that provides a direct connection between the clients and the hosts. Instant messaging services, online image editing, and online word processing are some of the examples of web apps that operate from remote servers. But what about those servers where they are installed? Are they manually set up or are provided by third-party vendors?

This is where the role of cloud-based services come into effect.

Cloud computing in web app development

For any web app development, you need to provide an environment which is usually a server-based application where the programmers can launch and test their code. Well, everybody knows that handling a server is not an easy job. One needs to constantly monitor it to eliminate any chance of issue creeping in. What if this task is outsourced to the cloud?

Many tech giants have already bid goodbye to the traditional methods of web app development. With the advent of cloud computing service providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, etc., the procedure for shifting to the cloud has simplified to a great extent. Now the programmers can focus properly on their work with the guarantee of the services that the cloud service providers provide. IT sector has seen astounding benefits out of this.

Benefits of cloud computing in web app development

Cloud computing is proving to be a boon to web app development sector. With the benefits of cloud computing, a number of problems of developers were solved and they can now outreach to a greater section of the market. Some worth benefits are outlined below:

  • Scalability

Scalability helps a software adapt to the market changes whether it be in terms of user handling capability or speedy hardware utilization. With cloud services, as and when required, the user handling capability of the app can be increased easily. To handle the increasing number of requests, more servers with the choice of better hardware configuration can be deployed.

  • Cost-effectiveness

When you set up traditional on-premise data centers to connect to remote servers, you need an appreciable upfront investment and a team to continuously monitor it. But with cloud service, there no such requirement. With a wide variety of options, you can choose the plan that suits your need and pay only for what you use.

  • Continuous deployment

With continuous deployment, developers can easily and quickly release new features in front of users. Tools like Amazon EC2 and GitHub allows teams to continuously deploy software without dependencies as there are redundant servers that can compensate at the time of failure. This helps companies flow with the market.

  • Immediate availability of resources

Cloud services provide you with lots of pre-stored resources and allow you to use them as and when required. Even in urgent cases, you have full support from the service provider. With this, you don’t have resources that lay unused and also you don’t need to care about wear and tear of the hardware being utilized.

  • Global Reach

As the cloud services are delivered through the Internet and are not limited to local scope, developers are able to connect to the global audience. This has another benefit that if a team consists of developers from different geographical locations, then each can work collaboratively with others. This enhances productivity as the web app will receive inputs from different developers from different locations thus making the app more versatile.

While cloud technology comes up with a number of advantages, its infrastructures draw more attention when sensitive data is to be shared.

Sometimes conditions like vendor lock-in period, compliance requirements, and extra transparency requirement while debugging may limit your choice. But, if your requirements pass out of some of the hurdles like these, then cloud computing has all the necessary capabilities to power your web app development process.

The modern business process demands more productivity with less resource utilization and cloud computing has the necessary potential for it.

This article is contributed by Shubhanshu Agrawal, Sr. Content Writer at Appventurez — mobile app development company .

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