by Irving A
In the 1950s a great invention was revealed to the public. This new technology would take globalization to a new meaning. The internet has by far been the greatest technological advancement of all times. It has allowed for local communication say from within a room to metropolitan to now worldwide; it has close the communication gap that once was a problem. Web 2.0 has been the greatest prodigy from the internet until cloud computing came into the picture. Cloud computing has no one definition to it such as web 2.0, but essentially cloud computing allows for a computer to save documents in a “cyber cloud”. In other words, cloud computing uses the internet as a database in were documents can be store in. Say for example a person has a computer at home and when he is out of home he wants to access those files. Through the cloud he can. Now let’s extend that to say a company who has many documents and a minimal amount of storage. The company needs to keep a massive amount of documents but does not have the resources or finance to open new buildings for storage purpose an agency that dedicates itself to storing massive amount of servers in a remote location is the ideal way because it is economical.
Economical is the key word here. Companies want to save money so that they can either pass on the saving to the customers or so that their revenues increase. Cloud computing is by far the most economical way to go to say money when it comes to storing information. But what happens when economical and security are in the same sentence, meaning can you have one or the other? That is exactly what CLOUDS ON THE INFORMATION HORIZON: HOW TO AVOID THE STORM by Brent Gatewood, CRM addresses. The journal focuses on the defects found in cloud computing such as security and accessibility. For example if in a law suit the client needs to provide full access to selected files within a 14 days window according to Rule 26(a)(1)(A)(ii), but if the files are managed through a cloud the facility of accessing these files is merely impossible. Files in a cloud are store in many different servers from which many of them are in remote areas or even around the world. Another point the author arises is that of how can cloud secure delicate information, information that one can assume be very sensitive that in the wrong hands can cause chaos. With this information come the ability to take it nationally and the laws that may apply with it. The author goes on to address other topics that conflict with clouds but does offer some comfort when he claims that “education and proactive relationships driven by a strong records management function will help identify cloud-based initiative early and raise awareness through the organization”. Cloud technology like many in its coming out days has its defaults but within time like everything else has the potential to be the greatest, if so ask Google.
In summary the journal presents the solutions in the U.S. that cloud based computing brings to this new era. It goes on by stating that communications are a fit for cloud computing solutions due to their basic infrastructure that is the internet. A solution to disaster recovery and business continuity is the cloud infrastructure that stores and manages critical business information can happen with the proper controls. Regardless of the positives that come from these solutions, the records and information management, and information technology as well as legal staff must also consider the disadvantages to identify risk and take care of them.
rne, TonyÂ //Â EContent;Apr2009, Vol. 32 Issue 3, and p37Â . “CLOUDS ON THE INFORMATION HORIZON: HOW TO AVOID THE STORM – Tags: CLOUD computing ELECTRONIC data processing — Distributed processing.” EBSCO Online Library Search Engine Directory – Find Articles, News, Periodicals and Other Premium Online Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Oct. 2011. <http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/43659227/clouds-information-horizon-how-avoid-storm>.