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Cloud Computing Definition and Debate

Create and share your own definition of cloud computing.  Why is there debate over the definition?

Cloud computing is a hot topic right now due to its quickly growing usage; even with its popularity, it is surprising how many people believe there is an actual ‘cloud’ being used, and not realize that cloud computing is merely using someone else’s hardware over the Internet. Cloud computing, which represents stored data on the Internet using servers, provides enhanced scalability and fault tolerance, and there are many formats of Cloud access; some of these formats include private Cloud solutions, where data is dedicated to you or your company, and community hosting, where information is shared with specific others. Another form of Cloud access is public, where data is available to all. Many choose to go with a combination of these three Cloud access methods.

One fascinating aspect of Cloud storage is its cost-saving and environmentally conscious attributes. As data is stored on the Internet via a server in another location, a user or company does not require to have access to the hardware themselves, thus reducing costs. Also, power consumption can be reduced as these data centers can be located in colder regions of the world. In the event of a disaster, data can be seamlessly transferred from one location to another, preventing data loss.

Cloud computing is becoming a normality in modern businesses due to the ability to tailor solutions specific to their needs, including the ability to grow as fast as they want without the need to purchase and set up hardware, as well as the excellent practice of risk transference. The majority of people today have utilized cloud computing in some form, whether they know it or not. For example, Google’s G Suite, Facebook, and Dropbox all use cloud computing in that their customers access their physical hardware and resources, providing the population with fast operating speeds, file and picture storage, as well as the ability to communicate with individuals across the globe.

Cloud computing, while offering an extensive list of benefits, certainly has its negatives as well. For example, there can be security risks with trusting an organization with all of your data, the pricing for cloud computing plans can be relatively high, as well as the complication of everything involved in cloud computing. As mentioned before, there is indeed a debate over the definition of cloud computing due to its still unclear uses and classifications, such as the question of whether a PaaS (Platform as a Service) is genuinely a PaaS if its deployment requires virtual machines. With any new technology, there will always be a period of trying to understand what it is, what it can do, how to apply it, how to govern it, and what it will be like in the future.

References

Badger, L., Grance, T., Patt-Corner, R., & Voas, J. (2012, May). Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations. Retrieved August 31, 2020, from https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/Legacy/SP/nistspecialpublication800-146.pdf

Microsoft. (n.d.). What Is Cloud Computing? A Beginner’s Guide: Microsoft Azure. Retrieved August 31, 2020, from https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/what-is-cloud-computing/

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