by Shaleen S
Cloud Computing is a technology/concept that allows to store information on the internet. Therefore, one need not fret about storing and maintaining the files onto hard drive or carrying it around. If one needs to work on it, they can access the file from the “cloud” or the server online, and then upload it back again. Cloud computing enables organizations, individuals, teachers, students etc. to perform a variety of tasks and can save time and space by not installing the software’s needed to perform those tasks since the “cloud” already provides those.
With cloud computing one does not have to worry about having enough space. One can increase the server space needed and number of computers needed if it is required. Many universities have started to adopt this concept since it is cost effective and avoids the need of super computers. And of course, this leads to flexibility. Anyone can work from anywhere with an access to the internet. Some of the biggest providers of cloud computing whom many recognize are Google docs, and Amazon. Microsoft also offers some its services even though most of the basic software’s are pre-installed onto the computers.
Many authors have begun to use it to their advantage, especially for scholarly articles. They have collaborated their writings onto one single unique file, and have uploaded it to the server online, and then multiple users can edit and make corrections; hence eliminating the need of emailing each other every time.
While Cloud Computing seems to be a really promising prospect, there are some concerns that arise in regard to the security and privacy of the data. Backups are usually made at regular intervals, so at least losing the data is not a threat anymore. The providers of the server usually do a pretty good job of preventing virus attacks and spyware intrusions, but a lot also depends on where the server is located and which laws apply that govern its functions. Quite often, the location is unknown to the users that use the service. On the other hand, there aren’t very clear laws written pertaining to the data that is actually uploaded. Questions such as who owns the data, or whether or not one can distribute it etc. are yet to be resolved. However, most of the things are explained in the user-agreement, and one can only use the services after acknowledging to the agreement.
Cloud computing has revolutionized the way business works. It has commissioned new openings and broader market approaches. It has allowed organizations to be where they couldn’t have been before. Everyone is able to reach everyone all around the world. The world is getting flat and smaller with the use of internet. The only concern that needs more attention are the laws associated with the use of the data. Once that becomes more clear, cloud computing will become more robust and thriving over the conventional ways of doing business.
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