The cloud revolution is in full swing. Everyone is ditching in-house servers for the cloud and there’s no stopping them. From big enterprises to SMEs and organizations to individual users, they’ve all realized the many benefits of cloud computing and are keen on taking advantage of the same.
App developers shouldn’t be left behind. Developing applications is a delicate and expensive undertaking. You need a development environment that not only reduces costs but also offers the flexibility required to build timeless apps. The cloud offers this and several other benefits.
The following are some ways you stand to benefit if you choose to develop your apps from the cloud.
1. Reduced Costs
So, how does cloud development reduce costs? Easy; first as an infrastructure (IaaS), cloud development reduces or straight out eliminates the need for onsite equipment. Additionally, you get the benefit of remote monitoring and management. And, developers also enjoy streamlined scalability. You stand to save even more money if you choose cloud as a platform (PaaS). In this case, scalability becomes seamless and things like antivirus and hardware updates become non-issues.
2. Reduced Development Time
Speedy delivery is every developer’s dream. A shorter time-to-market means you can begin reaping the benefits of your hard work earlier. Cloud computing has the potential to drastically reduce time-to-market. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, the cloud now has several technologies that are native to the platform. These include serverless computing and containers. Native technologies significantly reduce the time spent on development. When you combine this with tried-and-true agile methodologies, cloud reliability, and cloud DevOps, the result is fast innovation and even faster delivery.
3. Workflows Are Moving To Cloud
It’s not just serverless computing and containers though that will remain native to cloud in the long term; several other frameworks are moving to the platform and are likely to be retained to further increase ease of app development. A recent report from MarketsandMarkets shows that the cloud workflow market size will be more than double to reach $3.85 billion in 2023 from the current $1.75 billion. The main reason for the fast growth is the rising adoption among SMEs.
4. Optimize Your Apps For Mobile
In a recent Gartner Research, VP Van Baker described the pace of change in the mobile market as something developers need to take very seriously. “The number of device types really complicates mobile app development and operations efforts,” he said. “This is because the range of screen sizes, hardware API access, resolutions, and performance is fragmented and changing rapidly.” The smartest way for developers to get around this problem is by shifting to cloud development because the cloud supports fully supports custom development and user mobile needs.
5. Cloud Development Reduces Risk
Some unique aspects of the cloud reduce risk. These include the fact that the cloud offers more redundancies than in-house environments thanks to multiple server locations and multiple copies of custom applications. In fact, in a different Gartner study, it was found that nearly 95% of security risks in the cloud occur due to human error (on the user’s part) and not due to cloud.
Hopefully, these five reasons are enough to convince you to ditch on-site development for cloud development.
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