Why Steve Wozniak Has His Head in the Cloud
Business Solutions The Apple co-founder and CSO for Primary Data is a busy guy who needs information in an instant. Here are his thoughts on the future of cloud computing.
Since he doesn’t want to fumble through a backpack looking for hard drives of data, documents or images, Steve Wozniak knows the benefits of cloud solutions firsthand.
“I speak at a lot of events around the world, so cloud software helps me access and share files no matter where I am,” says Wozniak, explaining, “While you still can’t get online over an ocean, it’s definitely a lot easier to use the cloud than to carry lots of hard drives around the globe in my backpack.”
Wozniak, who uses cloud file sharing software more than he uses enterprise cloud storage, says businesses and individuals can benefit from cloud solutions.
Cloud computing helps people and businesses operate more effectively since it allows them to store, access and share customer, personal and business documents, images and other data on-the-go.
The technology levels the playing field for individuals and businesses so they can meet their personal and corporate needs to stay competitive in a high tech and internet era.
Cloud solutions continue to help companies be innovative and efficient.
For example, Wozniak says it’s typically faster and easier for a company to add cloud storage instead of another hardware system, which means enterprise cloud storage can help engineering teams get new ideas developed quicker too.
These days the cloud is beyond just storage.
“Cloud computing is growing, especially as we are all used to having our mobile devices link us to data wherever we are,” says Wozniak. “Cloud computing puts lots of unused CPU power to work and the end user gets a great experience.”
“I love that it can help engineers get the resources they need to keep working on development of their ideas as fast as possible ...”
Adopting cloud platforms
Since the technology is expanding, more people and businesses will be relying on the cloud’s capabilities.
As companies transition to cloud solutions, they need to ensure the technology can continue to seamlessly deliver data for users, says Wozniak, a Silcon Valley pioneer.
“People expect technology to be transparent today, and as engineers it’s our job to deliver a great, easy experience,” he says, suggesting companies also need to consider how much it will cost them to move data off that cloud when the time comes.
He says sometimes enterprise cloud storage can be very expensive, which is why it’s important for companies to research costs before adopting the software.
Cloud capacity can be a cost saver for businesses and it’s easy for IT and engineers to adopt and use.
“I love that it can help engineers get the resources they need to keep working on development of their ideas as fast as possible without having to wait for more local systems,” says Wozniak.
Plus, the cloud is a good choice when companies need to quickly and inexpensively test something. For example, when developers need to clone a database for testing and they don’t need high performance storage, it’s faster to buy more cloud storage than to buy more hardware.
The future of big data and cloud computing is very exciting. Wozniak expects ease of use and automation to be big trends for enterprise technology.
There’s a challenge though.
“Flash made applications fast, and the cloud makes it easier to scale, but nothing ties these two tiers together yet,” he says, describing the missing link as “the ability to manage an application’s evolving needs for more performance or capacity.”