Cloud: Risk VS Reward

by Evin C
The article I have chosen this week touches on some of the basic concepts of the cloud service currently available as well as touching on certain risk versus reward factors that may influence the use of such a service. With the offering of a cloud service on the rise with many big name businesses such as Amazon, Google and Apple (soon!), what is the future? The article’s author discusses valid points dealing with cloud’s future in the industry. Once all of our data stretches to the cloud, assuming it does, what could happen if the cloud fails? What’s to stop everything from being lost in a matter of seconds? The rewards of efficiency and convenience cloud offers also comes with the risk of vulnerability and dependence. The future is what this article really tries to convey to it’s readers and I believe it is worth the read. Don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself!

Looking at our course, we see it’s purpose is to develop our skills in web design and as such, requires us to have faith in the technology it requires. Seeing today’s technology and the potential it has, it may be alarming to see at how dependent our society has already become on it. The cloud alone is asking us to put all our data into the hands of one service and have the trust it will keep it safe. Some are willing to take that chance, that “leap of faith”. Are you?

Reference:

Rapp, P. (2011, May 19). Offa my cloud. Metroland, pp. 7-7. http://search.proquest.com/docview/884331093?accountid=10357

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4 thoughts on “Cloud: Risk VS Reward”

  1. I agree. The services of cloud computing can be beneficial but risky. Everyone counts on and looks up to cloud-computing, but they don’t understand the potential consequences. I mean, no one is certain of what will happen in the future.

  2. Nice summary! I find cloud storage to be very useful, but i am storing my data using both cloud and local drive. For valuable data that i have, i store it in the cloud as well as keeping a copy in a local drive and keeping a 3rd copy in other form of storage (dvd, usb pen, etc). So for me, the risk is not too bad, and i am enjoying the convenience of cloud storage without the worrying too much about losing my data.

  3. Nice article, in this case I would agree with Eric on the fact that if you have backups then in actuality then accidentally losing the cloud is not that much of a problem assuming that the company has a regular update system. The only thing that I find about clouds is that their is a probability of someone else hacking into the information and that it maybe easier to get since it is in the cloud and the security issues are much more complex.

  4. Our dependency on the cloud is very risky. However, it is also beneficial. When choosing to use the cloud, people need to understand the risks they are taking. Like Eric said, maybe it is useful to store your information somewhere else. I know it’s redundant but at least your information will not be completely lost if the cloud were to fail.

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