In the article The Future of Business and Cloud Computing, Peter Hann discusses the advantages of cloud computing in business, its concerns, and the solution to its complications. Cloud computing is generally defined as “software devices that are delivered through the Internet to customers, who do not therefore require their own servers” (Hann 1). In other words, it is a cost efficient means, which allows an individual or company to maintain and allocate data without physically maintaining the data themselves. The major service providers of this cloud computing are Google, IBM, Amazon and Yahoo.
Peter Hann’s article effectively explicates the benefits of cloud computing which include a decrease of expenses and a decrease in necessitated capital equipment for a company, however, the article fails to elaborate on the several concerns that surround cloud computing. Peter Hann solely mentions the fact that clouds cannot function together, which in turn signifies that data “cannot be transferred directly to…another cloud” (Hann 1), one only has the power to withdraw data. While this fact does inhibit businesses slightly, cloud computing has many more concerns than simple data transfer flexibility.
A vital concern of cloud computing Hann does not mention is the fact that the cloud may not be a secure location to store and transfer data. Prior to the notion of cloud computing, companies would maintain their data in a private corporate network or system. Currently, with cloud computing one must now transfer data through the Internet, which may leave the data vulnerable for the amount of time it passes through the Internet. Additionally, the important information stored on the cloud has an increased likelihood of being stolen, given the fact that he cloud is essentially a public domain. These two concerns would not be an issue for companies if data remained within private company networks.
Another difficulty surrounding cloud computing is the essential loss of control over an individual or company’s data. Once an individual or company transfers data to a cloud, the cloud service provider is generally responsible for the security and management of the data. This fact may be unsettling for many users of a cloud service provider, as one never truly knows what can happen with the data that is not directly under control, which relates directly to the previous concern of cloud’s being an unsecure location for the storing of data.
Peter Hann ends his article with a solution to his sole concern regarding cloud computing. The solution is to develop a “network of interconnecting clouds…referred to as the intercloud” (Hann 2). While this solution would eliminate the inhibition of clouds being unable to function together, it does not eliminate the all-important problem, which deems clouds as unsecure locations for the storing and transferring of data. I believe once the concerns of security and control are corrected, not when the intercloud is constructed, the majority of society will gravitate towards cloud service providers.