Written by Lyndsey Morgan
Cloud computing, formally known as decentralized computing, might seem like an intimidating concept, but if you’ve used Google Mail, online storage systems, Microsoft Office Live or any of the other platforms listed immediately below, you’ve already experienced the growing trend of cloud computing. Cloud computing is simply the decentralization of physical computer hardware and resources so that they are scattered across several remote servers – although not ostensibly. To an end user the cloud resources deliver synchronized services that are as seamless and efficient as single-server hosting; some advocates argue the efficiency is even greater. While cloud computing is slowly becoming standard in government services, businesses, and popular online social and entertainment culture due to its many advantages, there are several drawbacks.
Examples of Established Cloud Computing Services
The appeal of cloud computing is that a company with little start-up capital or liquid assets can buy services on an as-needed basis; there is no longer the need to invest in and maintain costly private, on-site servers and other hardware. Using multiple servers managed by others gives a company the capacity to allow a greater number of people or end-users to access their data at the same time. For example, millions can use Google’s Gmail simultaneously with quick access and no need to wait. Redundant files are also created and regularly backed up with cloud computing; this offers greater protection against data loss. Cloud computing is so flexible it can make data accessible through any computer, including mobile devices. Some companies and government officials also rave that the cloud model’s pay-as-you-need-it server practice results in much lower informational technology costs.
The most frequent complaint of cloud computing is that it opens a company up to hackers and other security risks. With data stored remotely, the potential of malignant third-party access grows; access to cloud-distributed, nonlocal resources requires some sort of public presence, and there may be a significantly larger number of servers to maintain and protect. Beyond that, is the debate of ownership: If data and files owned by a company are stored on servers owned by a separate provider does that provider indeed own, to some extent, the data it possesses? This has been a point of legal wrangling for social networks, companies offering free online storage, and even Amazon.com which allows Kindle users to store digital books they purchase on Amazon’s server. There is no clear-cut answer. If contracts are not specific enough on ownership, courts may be required to intervene.
A fear of blocked access is also a concern. If a remote host suffers a power loss or other malfunction, millions of end-users and hundreds of companies could be affected. This is mitigated to a point by distribution of resources across multiple sets of geographically-separated hardware (a parallel definition of cloud computing) which allows service to be rapidly switched to an alternate server if a given resource becomes inoperable - often without any visible change to the user. Also potentially worth consideration is conflict that may arise between a company and host, when denial of access could, in extreme circumstances, be used in a retaliatory way. While most advocates of cloud computing say it can be a money-saver, some critics say a concern is that higher costs may result from using increased bandwidth due to constant file transferring. Most, if not all of these concerns can be addressed by carefully choosing a provider that is clear in its policies, and has the resourceses to support large, distributed cloud-computing operations.
Cloud computing is not a fad that is going to fade away. With yearly conferences and expos devoted to the future of cloud computing and how to address its shortcomings, the model will exist in the future in one incarnation or another. One main focus for evolving the model is interoperability; as it stands now, if a company uses one platform for years and wants to switch to another cloud model, they cannot do so easily or efficiency because the platforms are not compatible.movie theaters in altoona pa - chinese food anchorage ak - champion fence knoxville - furniture stores in tulsa - chinese restaurant richmond va - allure day spa winston salem - salvage yards jacksonville fl - salvage yards knoxville tn - movie theaters bowling green - movie theatre in omaha - clubs macon - outlet malls in erie pa - atlanta salvage yards - lubbock texas movie theaters - salvage yards nashville tn - theaters el paso tx - san bernardino adult education - army navy store los angeles - shoe stores in dallas tx - psychiatric hospitals in houston - post offices memphis tn - bars in mankato mn - malco movies tupelo ms - batting cages in los angeles - omaha nebraska yellow pages - campgrounds in cheyenne wyoming - furniture stores in springfield il - sperm banks michigan - nursing schools in nashville tn - motels in indianapolis indiana - bakersfield stores - dinner theater minneapolis - movie theater bakersfield ca - junk yards in seattle - pizza delivery tucson az - hospitals in charleston wv - movie theaters in huntsville al - paternity testing in arizona - auto junk yards in phoenix az - junk yards in detroit mi - post office atlanta ga - chattanooga movie theatre - movie theaters in savannah - junk yards in birmingham alabama - shoe stores in wichita ks - sperm bank houston - billings tires - roman coin pizza coupons - fresno california yellow pages - billings movie theaters - portland post offices - scrap metal buyers houston tx - club aurora richmond va - tires las vegas nv - furniture stores portland me - www.localpages.com - provo town center movie theater - houston texas business directory - metro one security nyc - salvage yards in springfield mo - hitching post theater tehachapi - omaha lumber - junk yards in baton rouge la - auto salvage oklahoma city - night clubs in norfolk va - junk yards milwaukee wi - used tires huntsville al - furniture stores boise - movie theater cedar rapids iowa - lincoln ne yellow pages - pizza delivery maryland - baltimore md yellow pages - maryland auto title - catholic churches boise - airline tickets to dallas texas - movie theaters in little rock ar - tanning salons in fayetteville nc - free abortion clinics in charlotte nc - unfinished furniture phoenix - fresno movie theaters - department stores phoenix - harmon travel boise - travel agents in austin texas - cape girardeau motels - furniture shreveport la - casper movie theaters - burlington dresses - furniture stores in long island ny - movie salisbury md - shoe stores in memphis - movies wilmington de - furniture stores in savannah ga - junk yards in denver - yellow city pages - yellow pages savannah - airline tickets to austin - find restaurants by zip code - blackmon mooring houston tx - flea markets in phoenix az - junk yards greensboro nc - catholic churches anchorage ak - baptist church great falls mt - yellow pages pensacola fl - jacksonville theme parks - 5 star restaurants in buffalo ny - catholic churches in el paso tx - junk yards lexington ky - ballrooms in dallas tx - junk yards in colorado springs - national advertisers - furnished apartments fayetteville - abortion clinics tucson az - chicago scrap metal buyers - auto salvage portland - birmingham business directory - sacramento auto wreckers - yellow p - scranton yellow pages - office space newark - chinese restaurant rochester ny - movie theaters shreveport la