Is cloud computing a propaganda?

Isn't too much being made out of it by corporations and media? Cloud computing has been in existence for a much longer than they'd like us to believe. Even yahoomail, gmail, facebook is cloud computing.

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  • 6 years ago
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    Absolutely. It's a propaganda with over-emphasis on certain 'buzzwords' that are of little relevance. Cloud computing is important but it's not a novel phenomenon as made out these days. Nor should everything be put on 'cloud'. We cannot depend on cloud for our day-to-day needs. Physical hard disks are important and must continue to exist.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Cloud computing is amazing because of the following benefits:

    1. On-demand, self-service access to computing resources / data 24 x 7 from any computer device with access to internet/intranet

    2. Pay only for what you use - e.g. pay-as-you-go / subscription / metered payment model

    3. Rapid scalability / elasticity - i.e. you can use as much/little computing resources as you need - no worries related to capacity planning

    However, as with every technology, there are risks also. The biggest one is probably the fact that your data is stored on 3rd party servers, usually dispersed over a number of servers, data centres and even countries/locations. And it moves via internet/intranet connections that could be susceptible to leakage/attacks,... So essentially you put your data into hands of other people, while being ultimately responsible for it.

    Then again, cloud providers are in the business of security so their security measures are often top notch and much better than what a normal organisation could even dream of.

    In any case, there is a lot of hype around it - and many organisations call their products 'cloud / SaaS / ...' even though they do not fulfil the definition/characteristics of 'cloud' - which are, for example, defined by NIST (the US National Institute of Standards and Technology) - including on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity, and measured service.

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