Cloud Archive

Is Cloud Computing Actually Something New?

by Chris S
Cloud computing is talked about more and more these days, and about how businesses need to do start using it. But do people really know what cloud computing is? All that cloud computing is really is using offsite servers to manage one’s data, which can be accessed through a web browser. What people don’t realize, is they have been doing this for years. Almost all email can be accessed through a web browser, as well as many other applications, like google docs. read more...

Kindle Fire’s Silk Browser Poses Privacy and Security Concerns

by Daniel L

Tablet computers have established themselves in the consumer device market and Amazon wants to get its feet wet by announcing their own tablet known as the Kindle Fire.  What makes Amazon’s tablet different from its competitors is the way it handles web browsing.  Amazon has developed their own web browser called “Amazon Silk”, which uses Amazon’s cloud to process and render web pages off the device, improving website performance on the device itself.  Websites with a plethora of content, including pictures and videos, can take a long time to load on the standard browsers most tablets are using, but with Silk, web browsing will be a breeze.  However, security and privacy issues arise when using this model of web browsing technology.  Every time a user visits a website, it will contact Amazon servers instead of the actual website directly, making Amazon the “middleman” that lies between any website, including secure ones, and you.  According to the terms and conditions of the Silk browser, Amazon will keep a record of IP and MAC addresses along with web history and logs for a period of 30 days.  This information can be obtained by the government in the event of an investigation.  Moreover, if Amazon servers are breached in any way, critical data can be compromised. read more...

Amazon Silk, Web Revolution or Bust?

by Andrew N

Amazon Silk, Web Revolution or Bust?

Amazon has joined the race in computer tablets and has claimed to revolutionized the world of web computing. Amazon launched its Kindle Fire tablet which features their new Silk browser that is said to be running off their cloud servers. They have stated that the different internet domains will run through them where they will maximize efficiency through their server-side computing and send the website to the mobile device or computer. This eliminates most of the computing that is done through the browser and the domain host which equates in a faster load time.
Although, this technology has been around for quite awhile now Amazon has claimed to improved on such concept. Opera was the first to come around and disprove them. “Like Amazon Silk, the Opera servers compress the webpages as it processes them, to as little as 10% of the webpages’ original size, making it faster and cheaper to load each page,” Opera Software’s statement reads. (Pearce, 2011)  Unlike Amazon, Opera has not been able to market themselves to the current market which is moved to mobile applications. Yes, Amazon pretty much worked off an an existing idea, but why recreated a wheel that has already been made? They simply improved it by turning to the current clientele and the fastest growing market which is mobile devices.
Currently, I have interest in their concept of being able to compress websites for efficiency, but I still have many concerns that may arise due to the infancy stage of the idea for Amazon. I like the fact that the computing power is separate from the browser and host, but I would be concerned about leaving that much power into one’s hands. The fact that it is suppose to improve the speed of internet browsing makes it popular in everyone’s eyes but there are also cons that I am concerned about such as security, privacy and quality. When working in a cloud security is one of the big issues because your information is just floating around if it isn’t deleted. Also, compression is great for reducing size and increasing speed, but the quality would be questioned after that because reducing and image from 3 megabytes to 30 kilobytes is a big difference. read more...

What you “Need” to know about “The Cloud”

by Caezar M
Summary:

When you think about “The Cloud” you probobly see an omni system that is everywhere and nowhere at once. You probobly think that once in “The Cloud” your data aimlessly bounces arround the world waiting to be accessed, by anyone, and not just yourself. It is an interesting fact that only part of this is true.  The term “Cloud” is an over simplification for the idea of the infinite complexity of the internet, “The Cloud” = The Internet. The idea that “The Cloud” is a dispertion of computing resources is true and false at the same time. Large data centers and server farms make up “The Cloud,” data centers have physical and geographical locations but their locations are irrelevant to us as long as the services rendered are accessable anywhere the user is. what we probobly do not put too much thought into is the value of the information we put into these data centers and how it relates to our privacy. Since data centers are “somewhere” this emans they are subject to someone’s laws and regulation. what this means for the user is that any intellectual property can be subject to a subopena and disclosed without your knowledge. Cloud service providers work hard to protect your privacy but it is far from secured. Without worldwide laws governing data centers the use of “The Cloud” will not reach its full potential. read more...