- It saves money. A company doesn’t have to spend as much on computing or people to run these machines. The company only purchases the amount of space that is needed and can therefore focus more on its mission, rather than additional expenses indirectly related to its mission.
NOTE: I originally also included its impact on possibly reducing the carbon footprint, but there is a debate. Data centers and server farms still consume energy with this added data, even if a company consumes less. More on the contention here.
What are some of the possible issues?
The advent of cloud computing has led to many questions, most of all being, if someone else is storing your information for you, how truly safe is it? What if a cloud platform has temporarily crashed for whatever reason, and you don’t have access to your file for two days? Yet you need that document now, and not a day later.
Second, what actions do providers take to make sure that your information remains private? What happens if there is a breach in security? And do you agree with the provider’s terms and conditions?
Also, lots of questions arise regarding legalities surrounding data, and especially depending on where it is stored. If the United States, for example, asks a US-based provider to provide government access to documents that are stored on a server farm in another country, does the United States have the right to access this information? Or are these documents subject to data laws of the foreign country, which may or may not allow government access to protected information?
I think I’ll stop there—my brain is about to shutdown, no pun intended, although I do love it when this happens. That’s it for now. What is your take on the cloud?