Cloud Computing and Businesses{2}


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This article presents five points for businesses to invest in cloud computing. The first point is the lower cost of ownership. Instead of maintaining an onsite server, the businesses’ data will be stored somewhere else. Other reasons are the dependability of the companies providing cloud computing services, scalability to meet the increasing demand of data from employees and customers, and mobility of the data. By having the “company’s data streaming from the cloud”, the company’s workforce can work anywhere from their house to their office. The last reason is how cloud computing providers will upgrade their technology any chance they get for fear of losing the company’s business to another cloud computing providers. This means the speed businesses will be able to access their data will usually be second to none.

This articles relates to one of the learning objectives of using databases to maintain and manage data. Instead of keeping a server on-site, all the company’s data can be held off-site. This will help the company’s resources be utilized more efficiently instead of having employees maintain the company’s server hardware. This will also lower the company’s costs because the company wouldn’t need to constantly upgrade/update the server hardware and will cut down on the company’s electricity costs.

After reading the article, I definitely see the the possible benefits of cloud computing as it helps the company utilize it’s resources and employees more efficiently but it makes me worry how secure cloud computing is. The article mentions trained personnel ready to respond to any emergencies but the fact that many companies’ data will be in one location, it might be a possible target for computer hackers. Another reason that worries me is what would happen if the business lost it’s internet connectivity. If the business does have trouble getting it’s internet connection back, would it not mean that the business would not be able to access their data? This would only slow the company down and lose it’s business.

Bellamy, S. (2011, November 29). Is cloud computing for you? five points to consider. Retrieved from http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/245137/is_cloud_computing_for_you_five_points_to_consider.html