Five Points to Consider for Cloud Computing{3}


by Hoyoung C
Five Points to Consider for Cloud Computing
In this article, the author says that the number of businesses that use cloud computing is rapidly growing. The concept of cloud computing is to deliver services over the internet, rather than having it done on a person’s computer. According to cisco, it is said that the cloud computing services will increase by 12 times fold by the year of 2015. In the article, the author Seamus Bellamy points out five advantages of using cloud computing services. The first advantage is that the cost of storing and maintaining data can be greatly reduced. The second advantage is that it is easy to back up data. If something happens at the office, the information can easily be restored since it is stored in a different place. The third advantage is the scalability; being able to keep up with the increasing demand and having enough server capacity is important. The fourth advantage that the article explains is the mobility. If the company’s data is streaming, work can be done from anywhere; which means employees do not have to sit in their offices to get work done, and presentations for clients can be made from a remote distance . The fifth advantage of cloud computing is the future proofing.  Future proofing means that the stored data will be accessible in the future. With the cloud storage being used, companies do not need to worry about upgrading hardware for future proofing since the information is stored in cloud storage.
Another interesting fact that I learned from another article is that cloud computing is used in many different areas and has been used for a very long time. According to the author Robert Dutt, most of the consumers in the U.S. do not know the term “cloud computing” while they are using cloud based services. The applications are used in areas such as: e-mails, online gaming, photo sharing, office use, and backup and storage.

Reference:

Seamus Bellamy,  “Is Cloud Computing for You? Five Points to Consider”, http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/245137/is_cloud_computing_for_you_five_points_to_consider.html#tk.mod_stln

Robert Dutt, “Cloud Use Greatly Outpaces Understanding”, http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/237748/cloud_use_greatly_outpaces_understanding.html#tk.mod_stln