Cloud Computing

The Perfect Storm for Cloud Computing {1}

by Toan T
This article talks about how the advancement in today’s technology has made cloud computing an attractive choice for many small and big businesses and how it can affect them if they do not follow the changes that are currently happening around them. Even though cloud computing has been brought many times by large corporations such as Google and Amazon, many businesses are treating cloud computing very lightly and they do not know how well it can improve their companies. There are several factors on how cloud computing can affect online businesses. First is that there is no need to go out and spend thousands on dollar on newer technology when cloud computing can provide enough capacity needs without wasting any unused resources. Second is that a lot of people are complaining about the bandwidth capability of cloud but it is continue to become extremely fast due to the networks just as fiber optics and 4g are becoming faster and that will eliminate the problem for bandwidth capacity. Lastly is the effect on consumers will have on cloud computing, people are no longer wanting to go to a store to purchase their media when they can get it over the cloud at anywhere and anytime and that will create a greater demand for cloud computing. read more...

Cloud Computing In Health Care Data {2}

by Jorge R
The topic of my article is about implementing cloud computing into personal health care. The author explains that personal health records are (PHR) has increased in the recent years, this allows the patient to create, manage and control their personal health records through the internet. Using the internet has made it possible to easily access their data. Using the internet to access their personal files has made it possible for the patient to share their data to an health care provider, family members, and friends. Due the high cost of building and maintaining a PHR server companies have started to outsource to a third party cloud server. There is great debate over using these services due to privacy concerns and personal health records that are being exposed to unauthorized parties. A method to try and combat these issues is to ensure the patients have access to their files and an encryption process from the user to the cloud server. In order to ensure proper encryption from server to patient and vice versa, the article suggest on using a novel patient centric framework to a set of mechanisms for data access control. This ensures proper security measures when using a semi trusted cloud server. To achieve fine gain and scalable data access for PHRs the author suggests using (ABE) encryption measures to encrypt the patient’s files. This article does a good job when analyzing and explaining different measures in trying to ensure the highest level of security for the customers. read more...

The Cloud and its Security Concerns {3}

by Daniel S
This article talked about the security concerns of cloud computing, and what the Fraunhofer
Research Institution is trying to do about it. The Fraunhofer Institute has come up with an idea
called “The Cloud Center Control,” where it controls and monitors all traffic going through
the cloud. Security is a big concern for any computer users using public networks to share
information with other people. The Fraunhofer Institute has created the OmniCloud software
to counter the security issues for users that go through the cloud. The software ensures that
any packet being sent through the cloud will be encrypted. The Frauhofer Institute knows
that it cannot secure every package/ information that is being sent through the cloud, because
technology always changes and cyber crimes get more advanced as time progresses. read more...

What is the Cloud? {2}

by Nelson T
In an article that I have read from PC Magazine Online, cloud computing is the next big thing coming to consumers and businesses. Cloud computing allows people to have complete access to their personal data as well as data from other users as well. This is called Personal Cloud Computing. An example of one of the many benefits of the personal cloud is automatic sync. If a user searches for music using their mobile device, purchases a piece of music from their favorite artist, the mp3 file downloads not only on their mobile device but also downloads automatically to their home computer and other devices that are linked that cloud account. Other items include the user’s address book, email and documents.  Having access to the cloud is fairly cheap and this is attracts business. Businesses can use the cloud to do some serious data mining on the fly. Having access to information coming from their users. A way that a cloud can be distinguished is from key attributes such as it being from a third party vendor that is usually off site, accessed over the internet, minimal IT knowledge are a few attributes. Cloud computing is very useful for a connected consumer and for the success of a business. As an owner of an Apple iPhone, I am a user of their cloud service named iCloud. I find this service to be very useful. Just like my example from earlier, anything i do on my mobile smartphone is sync automatically to cloud servers and then pushed to my laptop and other devices that are connected to the iCloud service. I have personally realized the benefits of this service and its been great since the start. I rely on it almost everyday to make sure I get what i need from anywhere I am connected. read more...

The Future of Cloud Computing {3}

by Alexander H
Times are changing and technological advancements are changing the way we live our everyday lives. Imagine having your mobile devices in sync with your PC all the time and being able to transfer data amongst those devices. Cloud computing allows you to “organize and mine data from online sources”. You can retrieve and share contacts, e-mails, documents, and even movies through your mobile device or other pc. G-mail and Google Docs are two prime examples of cloud-based services.  Accessing a cloud service can be done off-site, through a third-party provider or via the internet through a browser. Cloud computing is also beneficial and convenient for businesses that rely on specific software in order to operate. Instead of purchasing in bulk, each user can access it through this method which will save the business a significant amount of money. Overall, cloud computing will change the way we organize and access our data. read more...

Job growth in Cloud Computing {3}

by Robert L
“In a release, the Company noted the study’s authors said cloud computing is already generating a sizable number of jobs in the U.S. Based on numerous trends and indicators, it has the future potential to create business opportunities and hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the U.S.” read more...

Disease Research Through Cloud Computing {1}

by Jongwoo Y
Amazon, a top internet retailer and newcomer to the cloud computing services, is planning on hosting over 200 terabytes of genetic data for the government’s newly approved “1000 Genome Project”. This program is being hosted on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Elastic MapReduce (EMR) platforms (Horowitz, 2012). The program hopes to be able to find patterns in human genomes in order to find cures to a variety of diseases, including breast cancer and Parkinsons disease. All of the information that is being hosted on the Cloud server will be publicly available to researchers all over the world. This is a huge step forward, as the amount of data that will be stored is equivalent to 16 million file cabinets of text or 30,000 DVD’s (Horowitz, 2012). With this cloud technology, the time it takes to perform DNA sequencing will be drastically reduced; which in turn will directly impact clinical outcomes. Not only will researchers be able to study human beings, but also different subpopulations in different areas, and also different species such as monkeys as well. Another important fact about how this cloud service will impact the medical field is that it will now take only a couple of weeks to sequence a human genome, rather than the full 13 years that it took for the first one to be constructed. This new service that Amazon has provided is a great step forward for all humans, and will hopefully be a huge factor in everyone’s life. read more...

Google Drive and the Cloud Wars {1}

by Tyler K
According to popular rumors, Google is at it again; Box.com co-founder/CEO Aaron Levie reports at TechCrunch.com on the possibility of Google finally introducing the long-anticipated Cloud storage system (referred to as Google Drive), to the dismay of all current and future competitors in the field. Levie says it best, “Drive’s arrival was meant to instantly commoditize existing offerings, kill all future opportunity for new players…as it battled Microsoft and Apple for control of our online lives and content” (Levie, 2012). Essentially, the writer outlines how there has been anticipation for Google’s entry into cloud computing for nearly 6 years, and now may finally be the time. The author also goes on to explain how Google Chrome and Google Docs may have revealed that while cloud-based applications are certainly innovative and useful for some, professionals and individuals still relied on more conventional software (i.e. Microsoft Office) – a revelation that may have pushed Drive back on Google’s list of projects. However, in recent times, it is plausible that the combination of growing popularity in smaller organizations successfully garnering a large audience of Cloud storage users (companies that include the author’s own Box.com), as well as “…the competition between Android and iOS…(that) brought it back from the dead,” (Levie, 2012). The final section of the article goes on to describe the future of cloud computing, foreseeing a “fractured” cloud, where the larger companies, with their collective hundreds of billions of dollars all compete for the majority of information storage – a battle where the victor is impossible to currently determine. read more...

Amazon Believes Cloud Computing and Super Computers are the Future {1}

by Tomas R
This article, titled ‘Amazon Hails Era of ‘Utility Super computing,’ is about the company Amazon believing that cloud computing should be done from the most powerful computers. Amazon is embracing the use of cloud computing for almost everything, whether it be for storage of media or important documents. Amazon thinks that cloud computing should be adjusting their technology and supercomputers to cloud computing, instead of trying to provide cloud computing into the existing technology. What this means is that we should develop more advance hardware to fit more storage, instead of trying to squeeze more into their current computer systems. However, Amazon recognizes that it will require extensive “hours of computation.” The article finishes by stating that Amazon has launched their public beta of their most powerful cloud service, called the “Cluster Compute Eight Extra Large.” read more...

How to Protect Your Intellectual Property in the Cloud {3}

by Jonathan N
There is no doubt that Cloud Computing has grown drastically in the business world. People look to an out source to store all there information and files for their companies. The cloud computing contracts were coming in very heavily last year due to its increase in popularity. With more contracts closed customers were starting to question the intellectual protection in the cloud.  Cloud service IT leaders were panicked realizing their IP was now at risk due to the possibility of information theft. The article talks about one client who exposed his companies very valuable formulas to the cloud an had to use very expensive measures to retrieve that information again.  There is always a risk when handling very important information to a third party cloud company. Cloud based services introduce increase IP threats because the data hops from country to country which in some countries IP laws are very weak and can easily be threaten. To protect your companies valuable information you must follow nine important steps which are: Pick the right provider, Select the right service, Read the fine print, Add some fine print of your own, expect to pay more, Consider IP creation, Secure it yourself, Prevent a lockout, Revisit controls on a regular basis, Be prepared to walk. read more...