It’s Getting Cloudy These Days{1}


by Daniel L
The majority of businesses out there have migrated over to the cloud, but some are still thinking about making the switch.  When we talk about cloud computing, there are three options currently available – the private cloud, the public cloud, and the hybrid cloud.  Businesses are still trying to figure out which works best for them, but it all usually depends on the applications they want to move to the cloud along with the integration and compatibility with enterprise functions.  Some businesses have to comply with strict regulations, which also plays a major role on which type of cloud computing a business decides to use.  A business belonging to the pharmaceutical industry is a good example of when a private cloud would be used.  These businesses have very important applications and data, so they have to rely on their own private cloud, one that they would set up themselves with their own storage and servers, while maintaining integrity and abiding with regulations.  Then there are businesses out there that need to quickly get their services up and running, with fewer imposed regulations, that don’t need to worry too much about the integration of their data.  These are the businesses that should look into public clouds like Amazon Web Services, where they can sign up and start using services right away.  At the end of the day, most businesses will be opting for a hybrid cloud setup, regardless of regulatory requirements.  A hybrid cloud offers the best of both public and private cloud worlds.

Cloud computing is a very heated topic these days, especially with all the businesses that are planning ahead with the future in mind.  It’s pretty evident that businesses are moving to the cloud, whether it is public, private, or hybrid.  It’s a shame that we don’t get a lot of information about cloud services in our classes, especially in regards to business related cloud strategies.  I wouldn’t mind learning how to implement a private cloud in some sort of cloud computing class that can be offered in the CIS curriculum, but I guess cloud computing is still relatively too new of a topic to be part of our school’s course offerings.  With more and more consumer level devices tapping into the power of the cloud, like the Amazon Kindle Fire, one could only wonder what kind of computing power businesses can access through the cloud.   I believe that the biggest hurdle for cloud computing is security, especially with public cloud offerings, where servers and storage are not housed locally.  Hackers are tapping into databases and websites, what will stop them from gaining access to the cloud servers being used by the businesses out there?

Gohring, Nancy. (2011, November 3).  Private cloud vs. public cloud vs. hybrid cloud.  Retrieved November 13, 2011, from http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9221473/Private_cloud_vs._public_cloud_vs._hybrid_cloud?taxonomyId=154