In the past few years, cloud computing has advanced rapidly from a fringe benefit few networks could support to a major, business-changing prospect for any company. However, for those considering adopting cloud practices, keeping track of the latest technology advances and improvements should be a key goal.

For instance, according to Tech Republic, users may soon be needing to deal with CDNs, or cloud distribution networks, which are wide collections of servers meant to better copy content. This allows information delivery to be sped up noticeably, and can be used to send clients information in mere seconds. In addition, providers are soon to offer their services through cloud brokers, who have the goal of connecting the service between customers and companies. Many also deal with applications and commodity traders.

A key advance soon to become prominent is the cloud encryption key, a random number that acts as a password to better ensure the security of files in the cloud. That number is large and hard to crack, and is often kept with the owner of the information itself.

Operating systems versus applications
Another major difference in the cloud is that of operating systems compared to applications. The former is meant to act as a front that helps support many services, though it removes some freedom from procedures in the process. In comparison, applications are built from distributed components, to cope with specific needs including component failure and service attacks.

What's more, according to The Guardian, the cloud is even used to support things like product design, especially when computer-aided. Users can work through thousands of different files and material options with the final goal of meeting their specific needs with few worries. As a result, the cloud's adoption may soon skyrocket in many industries, primarily those that deal with production logistics, and even by entire cities.

The news source found that the city of Vancouver has built a cloud simulation of its entire limits by combining a variety of files into a single 3D model. That model allows them to demonstrate and determine the effects of population and infrastructure changes before new products even begin to hit the development stage.

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