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How is the Internet Infrastructure Changing in 2022?

The internet is an entity that we are all so familiar with; after all, it’s now an inescapable aspect of most people’s lives, whether it’s in an aspect of their work, a part of their education, how they communicate with their friends and family, or where they consume their entertainment such as videos, movies, and television. 

However, it hasn’t always been the smooth, sleek, and easy-to-use platform that it is now. Over many decades, the infrastructure that the internet is built upon has been worked on, examined, and improved, and has now expanded to incorporate an incomprehensibly large number of features.

This means that as time has passed, with more upgrades and additions included in every update, the way that society uses internet connectivity has changed dramatically. 

Read on to find out more about the changes revolutionizing the internet infrastructure in 2022, and how these factors will influence the way the internet is used going forward.

Cloud Computing

One aspect of the internet that has taken off rapidly over the last few years is cloud computing. 

Cloud computing technology has essentially endless capabilities, and is extremely useful for both the average internet user, and everyone else from teachers and education workers, to corporate and retail environments, to cloud DevOps and software engineers.

In terms of the average user, say an office worker or a student, cloud data storage makes it seamlessly easy to access your files, as you no longer need to carry around a physical storage device that could be either clunky and cumbersome, or small and easily lost. 

Meanwhile, for businesses, industry, and manufacturing, cloud computing allows for them to be free of expensive servers that require investment to repair and maintain, as well as using a significant amount of electricity.

The Internet of Things

In both industrial and residential settings, the Internet of Things continues to emerge as a new level of internet infrastructure that essentially connects all of your home and/or industry devices together, opening up hugely exciting potential for automation, remote control, and synchronization. 

The Internet of Things uses cloud computing technology, with your internet-enabled devices connected to a platform that allows users unprecedented simultaneous control over the devices in their surroundings. 

For homeowners, this could mean scheduling the heating to come on when you wake up for work in the morning, and being able to set your coffee machine to make you a cappuccino while you’re in the shower; while for industry and manufacturing sectors, there are advanced AI and machine learning capabilities, allowing for autonomous control over important machinery, and much more.  

Continued Focus on Security 

With so much sensitive and private information now on the internet, there has been (and will continue to a be) a focus on user security, both in terms of people’s personal files and data, and ensuring that computers are not infected through visits to dangerous websites. 

There have been numerous recent examples of information being targeted on governmental scales, which shows that there are extremely competent and well-equipped malign actors out there. Therefore, users and developers alike have to be more vigilant than ever. 

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