Computing in the cloud
Networking within companies is no longer restricted to just hardware and software on a physical platform, it now extends to using the internet as a means of communication – making use of web-based applications and web services to make up a large part of the company’s IT infrastructure.
Many companies have integrated into their systems cloud computing, in the form of storing and accessing computer data through a web browser rather than only on the physical platform of a personal computer or an office server.
Gartner implies in their paper that the cloud computing business as compared to the E-business could almost run side by side as it concerns its magnitude of influence. They also explain cloud computing as a service where Internet and its technologies are used to increase the potential number of customers a company could generate.
Meanwhile, Heavey is of the opinion that “The IT world is at risk of suffering from cloud overload”. From his article, everything seems to have a solution in the cloud computing world and as a result of this the providers of this service are quick to offer businesses their service.
More and more the SMEs are buying into the idea of cloud computing rather than spending so much money on physical software and hardware since this would prevent the problem of not been able to fully utilise software that was only affordable by the larger enterprises.
Cloud computing has gained its popularity but major concerns still lie in the area of security. Since almost all information is centralised now in the cloud, what happens to the sensitive data that is also passed along with other regular data? How do they remain sensitive? Questions still awaiting the best answers.
- Definition of Cloud Computing. Retrieved 2011-11-14, from http://www.cloudcomputingdefined.com
- “Gartner Says Cloud Computing Will Be As Influential As E-business“. Gratner.com. Retrieved 2011-11-14
- Heavey, J.(2011). “Cloud Computing: Are IT Support Firms Missing a Trick?“. technorati.com. Retrieved 2011-11-14