Why is cloud computing such a big deal?

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Cast your mind back 15 years and the tech landscape was very different in the UK. There was no such thing as unicorns, co-working was yet to dominant the office landscape and the start-up dreams of Silicon Roundabout were still a few years off. Not to mention, cloud computing didn’t exist back then.

The cloud is often seen as a hard to understand, niche area of tech but it’s integral to the way we live online, whether it’s watching Netflix or chatting to colleagues over Slack and Zoom. It’s become even more important during the coronavirus pandemic too.

Amazon Web Services is one of the biggest cloud providers across the world and helped to pioneer the format in 2006. The e-commerce giant realised that it could run large-scale infrastructure off the back of its consumer business. It decided to use this infrastructure to support other customers which led to the start of the cloud computing era. Along with AWS, Microsoft and Google are also big players in the space with the Azure and Cloud platforms respectively.

So what is cloud computing, how does it work, and why is it such a big deal?

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