Cloud is the FuturePosted by Amal Ambili on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
Cloud computing is a concept we have been hearing for a while. Though many were using cloud services, the term wasn’t much popular as cloud was more of a concept than a resource like the Internet. Cloud computing has gained more visibility with each passing day and now, it looks like Cloud Services are here to stay and has become the future.
Cloud computing, as per definition laid down by National Institute of Standards and Technology, is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.
In simple terms, cloud computing is just a massively distributed Internet based computing model that allows users to share information and access applications, without installing them from anywhere in the world, provided the user has a computer and an Internet connection.
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One of the many advantages of cloud computing is that it spares local machines from forfeiting its resources and space to beefy applications and software. As you step into the world of cloud computing, you will find that the cloud, which has a network of computers, is designed to tolerate and accommodate heavy loaded applications.
Thus cloud computing saves your money that you would, otherwise, have been spending on
- Buying expensive software and applications
- Employing resources to manage and run those applications and software
- Managing your time and effort in running an additional task or business activity
You can redeploy all these money, resources, and effort, that you save, to further streamlining and improving your core business activities.
Another advantage of cloud computing is that it assures 24/7 access to your data. Also, as these cloud servers are usually maintained in at least two different synchronized locations, your data is well protected from natural calamities.
The best examples of cloud services are Google Docs and Microsoft Office Live. Another example of cloud computing that we use on a daily basis is the mail service like Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, etc. You don’t have the server or email management software required to run them but they are in the cloud and the service provider manages them. You just access the services with your internet connection. How convenient, right?
Today, there are a many cloud applications available in the market and they serve different needs of customers. Evernote, iCloud, Spotify, CloudApp, Waze, Box.net, Joukuu, Do.com., etc are few among them.
Amazon, Google, Rackspace, VMware, Microsoft etc are some of the top cloud computing service providers. You may get in touch with us to know more on Amazon Web Services(AWS).
Though cloud computing is all set to establish itself as an ultimate solution for many existing business concerns, some geeks believe that the cloud still suffers privacy and security issues.
As everything is located outside the LAN, the concept of building a secure fortress no longer applies with the cloud! Also, it is practically impossible to draw a visible boundary lines inside the cloud.
The authentication and authorization processes are complex in cloud computing. Where should the corporates build their security? Is it in the cloud or for the cloud or from the cloud? – geeks ask!
Addressing the concerns
Cloud service providers, themselves, are more concerned about the privacy and security of the cloud than anybody else as these directly impact their business. Obviously, customers wouldn’t opt for a service which is not safe and secure and they know this very well. For the same reason, they work relentlessly to provide superior services to their customers.
Besides, strong authentication and access controls further enhances the cloud security. Users also have the option to improve their cloud security by applying stringent registration and validation processes and also by performing more deliberate monitoring and coordination throughout the computing platform.
The benefits of cloud computing far outweigh its concerns because of its sheer effectiveness. It can streamline your business and break down the complexity of your business problems. Cloud computing also saves you from the headaches and costs of running and managing complex servers and storage, technical teams to keep them running, and upgrades to your software. Thus cloud computing positions itself as a cost effective, reliable, and scalable solution for many of the business concerns.
Get in touch with our expert team to know more about our cloud services and the benefits we could offer to your business.
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