Few days ago, Fajer’s system got infected with some virus on her Mac and as she tried reaching for an external hard drive, the space within the hard drive was not sufficient to transfer all her files and this led her to discover new ways to store her files. Interestingly, she realized that it is possible to back up her files on Mac’s cloud (iCloud) with a fee attached to the storage space required. This discovery made backing up her files and formatting her system quite simple.
Cloud computing is the connection of a large group of computers and servers together that can be accessed from anywhere across the globe over the internet with certain programs and applications irrespective of their locations (Mirashe and Kalyankar, 2010).
While it is true that the benefits of cloud computing such as its usefulness, business process transformation, cost reduction and speed of adoption (just to say a few) cannot be over-emphasized, companies like KPMG have started to have concerns about the security and privacy of their files in the cloud ( Hill & Wright, 2012).
On the other hand, the findings of Armburst et al. (2010) showed cloud technology might pose a similar challenge of fear of data loss if the cloud service provider crashes, however, he added that it is more secure in the sense that if a cloud service provider is down, data can easily be migrated to another service provider with the same security features and firewalls on the cloud. This helps to encourage business continuity for a long term.
Ultimately, cloud computing can either pose as an existential threat or become an irresistible opportunity. Weinman (2012), summarized the characteristics of CLOUD as Common infrastructure, Location independence, Online accessibility, Utility pricing and on-Demand resources which tends to have more positives than negatives. With the help of Richard’s post, we can also understand why we need to have a blind trust in the cloud.
Even the cliche gives a positive thrill to CLOUD-9!!! 🙂
Armburst, M., Fox, A., Griffith, R., Joseph, A., Katz, R., Konwinski, A., Lee, G., Patterson, D., Rabkin, A., Stoica, I., Zaharia, M. (2010). A View of Cloud Computing. Clearing the clouds away from the true potential and obstacles posed by this computing capability. 53(4). 50-58. doi:10.1145/1721654.1721672
Hill, S. & Wright, R. (2012). The cloud takes shape. Global cloud survey: the implementation challenge. KPMG.
Mirashe, S.P and Kalyankar, N.V (2010). Cloud Computing. Journal of Computing, 2(3), 2151-9617. Retrieved from http://sites.google.com/site/JournalOfComputing/
Weinman, J. (2012). Cloudonomics: The business value of cloud computing (First Edition). New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.