"cloud computing as a business is expected to take user privacy very seriously"
I believe this is one of the main points why companies which are delaying Cloud adoption should focus more. Cloud computing service providers, especially the ones with a big, known, and trusted name are not going to risk their own business not taking user privacy seriously, or not doing everything possible to provide users with the best trusted Cloud service.
Privacy on the Cloud is an important factor makes potential users 'nervous' to be honest. From the Cloud business perspective, this is a key requirement that not only needs to be provided in the best way possible by the cloud service providers but also it needs to be communicated to potential and the existing clients properly to keep them reassured. Cloud service providers need to convince and prove to the clients that their privacy is respected and is in safe hands.
I have no idea how the clients can be convinced though. It is a tough one. Test of time is the best method of proof in such matters but nobody wants to wait for that long to make money from Cloud services.
Cryptomn, security and connectivity are two major issues with all sorts of cloud offerings. As of now there are no solutions for removing the connectivity bottle necks but certain solutions are available for security. So those who are very much concerned about security can prefer private cloud and public cloud for others. Hybrid cloud can offer a mix of both private and public cloud
I am not sure if the Cloud will increase the number of IT jobs. One argument is that because the Cloud is expected to replace most of the existing enterprise networks in especially small companies, there may be a "shift" of IT jobs from small companies to the Cloud service providers.
Also, with the emphasis of automation and minimal human intervention promised by the Cloud, there isn't much potential for increasing IT jobs.
Cagri, you are very right. Since Cloud is an eye catching word many people are using the same for different business and campaign purpose. Even educational institutions are also interpreting the online coaching facility as cloud based e-learning. So there should be some cut and right definitions for it. Otherwise tomorrow, somebody may get interpret both internet and cloud are same.
You have raised a valid point there Jacob. People often do not take the time to dig deep into the definitions of terms they hear day in and they out. Internet, e-learning and cloud are often treated as synonyms by most people, which creates a great confusion and therefore a fantastic opportunity for sales and marketing people to make more money.
Another danger is that people tend to adopt the first definition they come across for a term they are not familiar with without doubting its accuracy and completeness. Very few people spend the time to use to different references for the definition of the same term to make sure they adopt the correct one.
In an age where there is so much 'information pollution', using multiple references has become a must in my opinion.
The cloud is not alone in adopting mealy-mouthed explanations that's don't really mean anything once they are deciphered. I often wonder if PR and marketing people are paid by the syllable. Some things don't lend themselves to simplicity--maybe the cloud is one. The NIST definition isn't too bad and spares us "agility, robust and total system solution."
Another application that I find extremely useful in cloud computing is sharing data between devices that are running incompatible operating systems such as an iPad and a PC running Windows XP.
Storage on the cloud makes it very simple to share the same data file between two computers to allow him/her to change the content of the same file. I believe as new devices are launched, the cloud will provide the means to make data available on any platform whenever the user likes.
Now that's the kind of freedom and flexibility I like in my digital world!
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