HOW THE WEB WILL CHANGE IN 2027
Before we deep dive into all the exciting innovation that you will experience on the Internet in 10 years, let’s clarify that the Internet and the Web are not the same thing. The Internet is a NETWORK, and the advances in Internet use will involve network-related innovations (5G, pervasive networks, IPv6). The WEB is the content served over the Internet. In newb-speak, it’s the websites. In this article I shall focus on the changes in the WEB that will occur within 10 years.
Let’s envision 2027. The number of mobile users of the Internet is steadily growing and will exceed the desktops users. Web designers will need to start focusing on the mobile version first and optimize for the desktop later. IoT, wearable technologies and self-driving cars will create demand for a wider range of target devices, so it’s safe to assume that new website platforms will be developed to support new devices.
The future of the Web is linked to the trends in cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence and nanotechnology. The next decade will see the boom of the next-generation Web 3.0 and the golden age of the Cloud.
When Web 2.0 became the standard in the 2000s it allowed users to generat their own content. An example of this feature is when you comment on a photo in Facebook. It dynamically updates HTML code of the website.
What’s the next design practice that will enhance in websites? Imagine a website that KNOWS you. A web that is essentially unique for every user. Web 3.0 is often called the ‘semantic web’. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) identified the future web as a ‘web of data’. This means that the data across different websites, devices and vendors will be synchronized using common frameworks and databases. The search engines will become more sophisticated using A.I. and deep learning. This means that instead of scanning web pages for your keywords the search engines will understand the semantics and context of your search request.
‘Cloud’ as a New Synonym for the ‘Web’
The consumer market has only scratched the surface of Cloudization. The next-gen Web will be a cloud itself. Moreover, to keep up with increasing cloudization, hardware will have to change. The change in hardware components will be a result of Moore’s Law coming to its end.
The number of transistors that can be placed on an integrated circuit has become more difficult due to high costs associated with it and laws of physics. Computers will have to be revolutionized in order to keep improving. The easiest way to solve this is to fundamentally change the way we use computers – literally move the desktops to the CLOUD.
In 2017, inspired by virtualization and cloud technologies, I launched my tech startup Heraldic and released a new Desktop-as-a-Service web app called MEA (Mise En Abyme Cloud Computers). Using the old ‘mainframe’ approach with modern UX design, MEA streams virtual cloud desktops to the end user’s web browser. To the end user MEA is a computer within a computer. This phenomenon effectively blends the web, the operating system, the hardware and graphics by virtualizing an entire computer system and serving it over a web page. This merger means that MEA brings to life the innovations of the next-gen web including integration between systems and cross-application compatibility. This makes MEA website www.Heraldic.Cloud the world’s first true Web 3.0 website. Hardware- and platform-independence allows the end user to choose their own device to access a cloud desktop. As long as the user’s physical device has an Internet browser the local hardware does not play a big role in the process because all computation/rendering is done on the cloud desktop. The user’s device is merely a screen with I/O devices. This allows to run complex applications on a device that acts as a thin client.
It is predicted that by 2018 ninety percent of technology users will have unlimited and free online cloud storage. This advancement is achieved by the lowering costs of hard drive data storage per gigabyte. This will allow mankind to store and access our files in the secure, vast and free cloud. Much like the email offers unlimited storage sponsored by advertisers.
This trend, paired with the growth of the number of the users of the Internet, created a spike effect in user data creation, more data is being uploaded every day. Provided the global population will reach 7.5 billion people in 2020, the number of Internet users will grow to almost 5 billion. This means that the vast majority of all data ever created will be uploaded over the next few years.
As hardware and the Web are merging together, the dawn of Web 3.0 is inevitably coming. A semantic web is only one side of the next version of the Internet, MEA Cloud is another key modification that makes it possible to blend hardware, operating system, graphics and Web.
This is when Cloud+ exam comes into play. The CompTIA Cloud+ certification currently covers competency in cloud models, virtualization, infrastructure, security, resource management and business continuity. The first Cloud+ exam was introduced in October 2013. As the Moore’s Law rapidly changes the Industry, Cloud+ is undergoing an update as of 2017.
Who wrote Cloud+ questions?
A handful of the Industry’s elite professionals, called Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), were selected to aid CompTIA in the development of questions for Cloud+. Artem D, Founder and CEO of Heraldic was among those invited to extend their cloud expertise to develop questions. During two workshops in March and April in Downers Grove, IL, a suburb of Chicago, Artem had the honor of working with some of the brightest professionals in the Industry from all over the world.
Cloud+ is not a vendor-specific exam, and SMEs come from diverse cloud technology backgrounds, public and private alike. A number of SMEs are VMware certified vExperts. Among them are Graeme Vermeulen, a British solutions architect at Daisy Group, and Arron Stebbing, a Partner Enablement Specialist at rhipe from Australia.
Many SMEs are AWS users, including Heraldic’s CEO Artem Dmitriev, Román Lozano, an AWS Certified Cloud Solutions Architect at Softtek from Mexico and Erik Cass, a Senior DevOps Engineer at ARMA Global from Florida.
Many SMEs represented enterprises with an established name. Among them are Cornelius Heck from a large consulting company Deloitte, Marcin Lubojanski from a financial services company ING Services Polska and Satish Bantanahal from the software giant Oracle.
The full list of current CompTIA’s SMEs can be found here: https://certification.comptia.org/get-involved/become-a-subject-matter-expert/current-smes
Why ‘learn’ Cloud?
One often thinks of large enterprises when it comes to Cloud administration. However any start up or freelancer can avoid massive upfront investments by using any public cloud. Additionally, the cloud enables you to grow faster and easier. You might ask if the cloud model is so much better then why is it that not everybody is in the cloud yet? The answer is because not every IT department is staffed with pros who know how to provision cloud infrastructure.
How to ‘learn’ Cloud?
The best way to learn the ways of the Cloud is to…USE the Cloud. Heraldic Clouds started with a very limited budget and minimal cloud skills. It cost us nothing to create an account and after a couple of years of playing with it we built a robust infrastructure and leveled up our cloud administration skills. Anyone with Internet access can get hands-on experience with cloud infrastructure and learn from tutorials.
Below are some of the major cloud vendors’ websites that can help you get started, and most of them offer free products or trial versions:
There Is No Cloud, It’s Just Someone Else’s Computer