The Internet started off as a small network of computers linked together in the most basic of ways. In today’s world, however, things have become a little bit more complicated. To deal with the billions of users, and trillions of webpages, the technology behind the internet has had to evolve exponentially with demand.
Backup, storage, bandwidth and more have all been revolutionized in the last decade, and all this has created a global network, a global community, and a global consumer environment.
The biggest, and most important, improvement to the internet in the past ten years is quite simply speed. As the old copper cables get ripped out and replaced with fiber optics, broadband speeds can increase dramatically, not to mention cheaper, faster broadband packages providing faster access to consumers.
This faster access radically changed the internet from a slow cumbersome beast, to an agile resource of information and shopping.
When the Internet began to speed up, things also began to speed up for hosting services. To keep up with the new demand, and technologies such as streaming video, hosting services had to look at several new solutions. No longer could they run a desktop computer as a server, they needed to high speed backups, load balancing, and later on, cloud servers.
The backing up of servers came along with raid technology, but backing up your data did not help you if your website suddenly found itself becoming popular. Load balancing came along not much later, this could be done in two major ways, and the first load balancing technique was to have two servers, one a clone of the other. Visitors would be evenly sent to the two servers to reduce load on each one. The second load balancing technique ran off one server, but instead used two or more high speed connections to the internet. The extra connections became active as the load on the server increased.
In more recent years cloud servers have come to the front of internet hosting. Cloud servers are the best way to deal with high traffic loads, and are capable of handling huge amounts of data. This has again changed how the internet works, by giving people the option to host huge files for download, without worrying about hosting charges.
A cloud server is generally a collection of standard servers which are able to share any resource between each other. Cloud Servers are naturally load balanced, easily incorporate backups, and can easily be scaled to fit the business needs of a company. Cloud Servers have vastly increased both the size and power of hosting services, much more than dedicated servers alone could provide. It is this computing power that has allowed companies such as Amazon, Google, and eBay to prosper. By using cloud servers these companies can meet the demand of millions of daily users, with quick page loading times, and hardly any technical glitches.
The fast paced progress of the internet has been helped along by these, and other, technological advances. Who knows how things will progress in the next decade!