What is all this hype of cloud computing? Through my research, I have found that it could possibly be just what companies, governments, and educational institutions are looking for. First, let me give a little more background information as to why Cloud Computing could be so helpful. As an example, before cloud computing, lets say you or your company has a website. You begin to draw traffic to your site and notice business is going well. Well, that new traffic is talking to other users about your business, and the traffic to your site is now doubling and even tripling. The server you use to host your site is now becoming overwhelmed with all the new users/traffic on your site. This can cause your server to slow down, which causes many unhappy users and lost traffic. To avoid this problem, you would buy more servers to accompany all this new traffic. With that, comes more costs, space, time, and engineers to upkeep everything. You pay for these servers when you are using them for your business, and when you are not (at home, sleeping). What cloud computing offers is just this. More computing power when you or your business needs this. When you are in need of more power/servers for your site, you can get it instantly. If traffic decreases, then you can go ahead and give it back to the Cloud. This is a major advantage that the Cloud provides. It is like a pay-as-you-go service. And buying the Cloud service is exactly that. Just like paying for your electricity. You turn it on, your meter runs. You turn it off, the meter turns off. So, you only pay for what you use.
Companies, governments, and educational institutions would be able to save a lot of money and time by using Cloud Computing. With all the costs from the servers and the engineers for upkeep, it would save time. Companies would be able to reach out to their Cloud to keep track of progress amongst other sister companies to help further their own well being. Doctors and engineers around the globe will be able to instantly communicate about a new drug they are testing and help each other in their own findings to speed up the process of new discoveries.
You may be part of the hype of Cloud Computing right now and not even know. Email services all use cloud computing, such as gmail and yahoo. Netflix is also another service that uses Cloud Computing. All in all, cloud computing is allowing us to make of our time more efficiently in our daily tasks. However, there also has been some debate amongst Cloud Computing. The scary fact that now you won’t have your services all on your hard drive, but in the hands of the Cloud Network. The privacy factor. Secrets of major companies and people are now vulnerable because they are all stored on a server that the company or person does not have full control over anymore. Another issue I came across was that you have to have a connection to the internet to use the Cloud. What if the internet is down? That would halt all production of that company for hours, and worse, possibly days depending on the severity of the problem.
Personally, I am not 100% sure how I feel about Cloud Computing. I can see the bright side of Cloud Computing in that it can change the way people, companies, and governments communicate with one another. The efficiency and production will also go up and the cost will ultimately go down. The ability to work anywhere, and anytime with the tools needed to do so is another huge advantage. People across the globe will have the same access to the same server to get the needed job done to further their companies goals. As to the disadvantages I spoke of above? Maybe I need to do further research and all this uncertainty is coming from an older generation that is afraid of the “big brother” watching every move. Maybe Cloud Computing is 100% secure? Any thoughts?