With new technology within our today’s society, technology is continuously redefining and reinventing itself. When you think about how computers were first invented and compared and what they are now is fascinating. In today’s household, almost everyone owns a computer or device that has internet access. One of these new technologies that has taken over databases/internet is cloud computing. Cloud computing is a technology that moves the data away from portable storage devices to large data centers called, the cloud.
Everyone is on the move, so cloud computing is able to provide services to the user seamlessly, regardless where that individual is at. There are numerous services such as applications management, database connectivity, file services, and instant messaging or email functions which can be provided through the use of cloud computing. This technology will only continue to grow and develop even further.
Cloud computing has it’s advantages, some of those advantages are, cost efficient, almost unlimited storage, backup and recovery, and reliability.
It’s cost efficient because, it is offered in its lowest rates possible because the services are shared. This can cut cost for server storage, management, infrastructure, administration, and operation. Cloud computing is reliable because, if one server can no longer provide the demand for the user computing resources, others from remote areas can serve as reinforcement. This advantage of cloud computing is possible with the numerous remote servers that consist of the cloud computing network. Since all your data is stored in the cloud, backing it up and restoring the same is relatively much easier than storing the same on a physical device.
Of it’s many benefits, cloud computing also has its disadvantages. Before adopting this technology, you should know that you will be surrendering all your personal or company’s sensitive information to the ‘cloud.’ This could potentially put you or your company at great risk. This risk has been a major concern for cloud computing since there is no perfect system. Hackers can exploit vulnerabilities, but the possibility of this compromise is small. Privacy is also a huge issue within the cloud era. If a person can sign on from any location to access data and applications then it is very possible that the person’s privacy could be compromised.
The google cloud platform is a good example of cloud computing in use today. This platform offers services such as cloud storage, networking, development tools for web hosting and computing. For example, Netflix has made use of cloud computing. With consumer demands high for shows and movies, with an outgrown data center, Netflix made the decision to move its services to a cloud based in order to cope with the increasing demand. Another example is the company Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade goods. Etsy uses this technology to analyze millions of monthly views of its website and provides that information to the users with up to date product information. This allows the user to make up to date informed decisions. Cloud environments will always come with tons of storage, so the business will not need to stress when it comes to not enough space. With cloud computing once you install the software everyone will be able to access and use it. By doing that, they are saving money and productivity goes way up.
In conclusion, cloud service act on numerous services we all use in a daily basis. This technology will continue to expand and grow. The advantage of using cloud technology outweighs the disadvantage, like everything else, there are pros and cons, while the technology can prove to be a great asset to your company, it could also cause harm if not understood and used properly.