Cloud Computing in Business

by Luilly M
Cloud computing is an emerging technology that is becoming a option for business to move from traditional physical storage to cloud storage. Many big name companies, such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, have started the transition to move some of their data storage and use cloud technology.”80 percent of the large companies in North America that it’s surveyed are either looking at using cloud services—or already have. The market is on its way to generating $100 billion a year.” (Griffith) . This gives an idea of how popular the idea is and how the market for it is growing.
So, what is cloud technology? Cloud technology is simply storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of hard drives. “Cloud” is not actually a cloud but the Internet itself. Surprisingly, we have already interacted with cloud technology already whenever we upload a photo to a photo hosting site, such as Flickr or Photobucket.

Cloud computing in business has become an appealing since it prevents companies from needing to buy extra space and more physical memory for their companies. Companies such as Google and Amazon offer cloud storage and services for smaller business to rent. When a business decided to transition to cloud computing, they have many customizable options that can best fit their business requirements. There are four deployment models available to chose from.
Personal which is mobile cloud storage for storing individual data that can be accessed through Internet connection.This option also has data syncing, which sync all the user data across multiple devices.
Public is in which the enterprise and storage service provider are separate and the data is stored outside of the enterprise’s data center. This can also be access through the Internet and unlock through credentials.
Private where the enterprise and cloud storage provider are integrated in the enterprise’s data center. Access is only available though the business network and is more secure than both public and private.
Hybrid is a combination of both public and private. This allows general data to be accessed off-site while sensitive data to be access like if it was in a private model.

Business can also choose the type of level of cloud computing integration that best suites them. There are three levels of service model options. The first and simplest model is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). These tend to be more on a pay-per-use basis than renting. This allows users to use applications via the web without the need of installing them.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a more complex level of cloud computing.A business can create its own custom applications for use by all in the company in which a outsourcing company provides the operating system,web server, databases, and development tools.This eliminates the need for buy and managing hardware.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is the final option in service model in cloud computing.An organization outsources the equipment used to support operations, including storage, hardware, servers and networking components. This allows users to have a virtual desktop,email,CRM or communication by using the internet rather than actually having these application physically installed in all the computers. It can also allow for virtual machines which can run multiple OS in a machine that doesn’t have them without the need of installing them physically. The biggest providers of IaaS are Google, Amazon and Rackspace. Netflix uses Iaas from Amazon which store their movie database.

There both positive and negative points for cloud computing right now since it is an emerging technology. Some benefits include file accessibility, off-site back up, and reduced cost since there is no need to install physical application or need to buy more databases to store data.One of the issues about cloud computing is that a company is restricted by it’s bandwidth connection. If a company has slow connectivity, then cloud computing won’t be as efficient.Since it is an emerging technology there are some
security issues that have been noted.

Since cloud computing is on the rise, it should open doors to a new way of approaching how databases are stored and used. It allows business the flexibility to chose what they want and remove any extra costs from the need to buy more memory space and removes from the need of installing applications on computers.

 

Sources:

Griffith, E. (2013, April 13). What Is Cloud Computing?. PCMAG. Retrieved February 17, 2014, from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372165,00.asp

Lohr, S. (2007, October 8). Google and I.B.M. Join in ‘Cloud Computing’ Research . New York Times. Retrieved February 17, 2014, from http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/08/technology/08cloud.html

Strickland, J. (n.d.). How Cloud Computing Works. HowStuffWorks. Retrieved February 17, 2014, from http://computer.howstuffworks.com/cloud-computing/cloud-computing3.htm

Sutter, J. (2009, November 4). A trip into the secret, online ‘cloud’. CNN. Retrieved February 17, 2014, from http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/11/04/cloud.computing.hunt/index.html?iref=allsearch

19 thoughts on “Cloud Computing in Business

  • February 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm
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    I found the PaaS very interesting and amazing that applications can be run through the cloud and it is extremely efficient with the elimination of unneeded hardware.

  • February 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm
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    This article was a very interesting and good read. I believe that cloud computing is the future. Many people are switching to using cloud computing because of what I believe is the ease of access. A person can access their files if they are anywhere near a decent internet connection. This allows for “light” travel and convenience which is favorable for most people.

  • February 21, 2014 at 11:49 am
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    Cloud computing’s major draw is its boundless access to private files from anywhere without the need of storage devices. I, myself, also prefer using Drop-box or Sky-drive, no fear of losing USB. Great job on your blog and presentation. I really enjoy this topic.

  • February 23, 2014 at 12:12 am
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    I can see cloud computing being used in the future as a substitute for hardware like hard drives and even emails. it is especially useful because you can access it from any device and with fiber optics cable it will not be long before the bandwidth is unlimited, and the CC’s problems start to diminish

  • February 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm
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    Cloud computing definitely seems like technology that will become even more popular in the years to come. The PaaS and Iaas were interesting in the fact that so many applications and hardware will become obsolete to the employee or consumer who needs to access these types of files or services. Everything will become portable and accessible from virtually anywhere and could also come with even more security risks.

  • March 1, 2014 at 6:47 pm
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    Your presentation was very insightful as I can see cloud computing the way of the future as it opens doors by making applications and technology more accessible than in previous years. After further investigating I learned that cloud computing is expected to be a permanent solution in many organizations by 2020. It will be very interesting to see these changes and how it will affect us in the near future as IT professionals.

  • March 5, 2014 at 11:45 am
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    Cloud Computing is a really big trends everywhere. The efficiency of sharing data is bigger than we had expected, and I think this Cloud technology would be growing more faster in the future.

  • March 8, 2014 at 1:25 am
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    What is interesting to me is the the fail-over aspect of this whole infrastructure. At least for me I use cloud based storage as a way to always have access to my files no matter what terminal I use. I also use it as a way to mitigate the risk of loosing files on my local drive. The interesting part is what precautions companies have to take in order to make sure their storage devices are always available to customers and how they virtually never loose data, not to mention keep it safe. Very good topic, and the presentation was very insightful to people that are not well versed in this particular technology.

  • March 11, 2014 at 1:48 pm
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    Cloud service is the technology of the future. This is going to get even more popular over the years, it is really good for small business and also start-ups because it is cheap. The whole concept of not having to actually store data on your computers is very interesting.

  • March 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm
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    I wrote an article about Cloud Computing for another class, but I still learned some new stuff from your post. In a time where powerful programs are becoming the staple of how work is accomplished, cloud computing comes in very handy. It comes in very handy for companies looking to expand. Amazon in particular is, in my opinion, the best place for a consumer like myself to try out this technological phenomenon.

  • March 18, 2014 at 9:16 pm
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    From what I know Cloud Computing not only reduced hardware cost, it also provide data safety by having duplicated data. I have heard people worried about its security issue but in any form of data accessing platform there are always security issues. And about the internet speed normally all our internet speed should be faster and cheaper as the time pass due to more infrastructure build and more advanced technology. These things should not be too much problem in the future.

  • March 18, 2014 at 9:38 pm
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    Cloud Computing is really interesting to me. I think one of the main issues of cloud computing is client information security, because it’s hard to protect your business information when you don’t know exactly where your data is being stored. You give up your own privacy policies to take on an external agent’s privacy policies, and data can easily be lost in the process. Without carefully going through the contract, I think moving a company’s information to cloud computing is still very risky.

  • March 19, 2014 at 3:27 pm
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    Now clouding computer is just starting. We can keep our data online by Drop box, or I-cloud. Clouding computer is very useful. We don’t need hardware to use computer. Also, we don’t need upgrade computers. We can use same personal computer anywhere. It should need more internet speed than now, and can have some security problem. However, I believe clouding computers makes Personal computer industry.

  • March 19, 2014 at 4:04 pm
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    I believe that cloud computing is very useful for businesses. Cloud computing has been booming within the last 5 years and it will continue to grow in the neat future. Cloud computing can be useful for small companies and startups because it is much cheaper than investing in servers, other equipment, upgrade costs, etc. For subscription, companies can borrow storage from cloud computing companies

  • March 19, 2014 at 7:18 pm
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    Cloud computing is an especially interesting topic because it just allows for so many new opportunities especially for some smaller businesses who are just starting out and need some place to store their information. While there does seem to be a question of security, cloud computing itself can be very useful, even to individuals who choose to backup their files online rather than keeping a USB to back them up and possibly losing it. I also found it interesting to learn that there were so many levels of cloud computing.

  • March 19, 2014 at 10:09 pm
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    Cloud computing is taking over the world. Flash disks and other memory storage devices are become more and more obsolete. Eventually external hard drives will disappear and everyone will store all of their pictures and files online.

  • March 20, 2014 at 12:34 am
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    Cloud computing definitely has become one of the central parts of businesses today. At my old internship, user data and software configurations were stored on our cloud, which allowed our users to have access to their specific data from any location. This was a huge step for us because before, we had to rely on their local PC and network to store their data.

  • March 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm
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    Cloud computing and virtualization are some of the hottest things to know in the industry right now, because all businesses are moving towards it now, and for good reason. It is more secure, easy to manage, and more organized. One thing I didn’t know though was that there were different levels of cloud computing as well.

  • March 20, 2014 at 9:49 pm
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    Well cloud computing it is interesting in regards of their use to make task and information accessibility easy and lets costly, organized and more easy to manage, seems that it just started and as times goes by the prices and amount of storage will increase in a great way, besides this we need to be aware of the security of the information being stored and who has access to this information and how it is safeguard.

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