The software development industry has been steadily growing over the past decade. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is projected to grow by 22% from 2020 to 2030, and it’s bound to become an even more competitive field in the future.
As a developer, overcoming infrastructure issues will give you an edge over competitors as it remains one of the main challenges in tech, and cloud storage solutions can be a reliable way to do so.
Here’s how, as a developer, you can save space by using the cloud:
Cloud Storage is Adaptable
No matter what stage you are in your career, the cloud can offer you an adaptable means of storage in terms of costs, access, and architecture. BusinessWire highlights that the cloud enables developers to make their own infrastructure decisions and change them whenever needed, as it can be fully optimized and configured to adapt to your specific uses. And if you’re new to the cloud, you can also use it as extra room while maintaining other storage strategies at the same time.
Cloud Storage Effectively Distributes Data
Cloud-based storage can help developers when it comes to data management. In a MongoDB article on document databases, they explain that these are distributed on the cloud. This allows for horizontal scaling and replication. Replication is essential for facilitating the large-scale sharing of data among systems, and horizontal scaling reduces costs – which we will elaborate on later. A distributed database is also less time-consuming for developers as it makes data-finding simple and efficient.
Cloud Storage Minimizes Operating Costs
Even though cloud services may initially be more expensive than on-premise data centers, they can be more cost-effective in the long run. In a Gartner study on an environment that migrated to the public cloud, it was revealed that by year three, their quarterly spending showed a 55% reduction. And as previously mentioned, horizontal scaling is much easier to accomplish on the cloud, and will often cost less than vertical scaling especially if you’re able to predict and monitor when you require more compute power.
Cloud Storage Reduces Hardware and Software Needed
The cloud removes the need for physical storage means such as external hard drives and SD cards, and large-capacity hardware can be bulky, expensive, and inconvenient. Large data centers can also take up precious office space and also produce additional heat. But with the cloud, your hardware needs can be left to the vendor and allows you to put your space and resources into other needs.
Cloud Storage Allows for Quicker Access
In our ‘Best Practices for Data Backup’article, we highlight how frequent and regular backing up is key to preventing data loss. Cloud storage systems allow users to have remote access to their work files whether in or out of their office. You can then easily transfer important files from your work device wherever you are, providing you with some much-needed space. Additionally, file-sharing and syncing are other features made possible by the cloud that can aid developers with networking and collaboration.
Developers can save space by using the cloud because it’s adaptable, effective at distributing data, minimizes operating costs, reduces hardware and software, and allows quick access. You will also have access to other benefits such as computing power, container support, database services, and even machine learning. All of these will definitely give you an edge over competitors and boost your career in the long run.