They’d Love You to Simply “Trust the Cloud”

December 12, 2011, By George Lang

Cloud computing has become the new poster child for web-based networking solutions. Moving everything from backup and storage to team-based collaboration, office applications, movies, and gaming to the Internet solves both commercial and personal networking needs. By placing all your networking headaches in the hands of remote networking administrators, you eliminate all those expensive IT costs of a local area network (LAN), right?

Wrong! As much as I hate to admit it, it was my generation who first caught on to the fact that they are always trying to deceive us; as Dick Martin of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In used to warn, “That’s what they’d like you to believe.” According to analyst Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities, “It will take a while for people to trust the cloud and adapt.” (Wingfield); and for good reason!

Storm clouds may be brewing. Even Internet security specialists aren’t quite yet sure how to go about securing the cloud; to the point where they are recommending enterprises allow at least a few months for their legal team to review and edit cloud-based liability language before entering into agreements with hosting companies. Here is Hewlett-Packard’s cloud computing strategist Rafal Los to explain why:

For the gaming sector, there are too many factors outside the control of the cloud-based host. For instance, OnLive gaming, while successfully demonstrating their new cloud-based gaming service at a Seattle symposium under controlled Internet access speeds, would have a difficult time assuring its customers of that same reliability under a variety of other broadband scenarios.

Similarly, the business sector relies even more heavily on mission-critical factors that cannot be compromised by Internet downtime and speed-of-service. Team collaboration on a real-time basis, unlike asynchronous applications, often involves numerous things to go absolutely fault-free at more than one location. Some of these factors fall well outside the control of the administrators hosting the events.

That said, there are some cloud services that have already shown their value and deserve recognition: data backup and remote storage cannot be more convenient and potentially promising than that which is delivered in the cloud. Still, a few storm clouds are potentially in the offing. Here is an interesting character/geek who can tell you more about what he thinks!

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