Sep 22 2013

The Down Side To Cloud Computing

cloud computingYou may have heard about cloud computing, and most likely you may have heard great things about it like “it’s the new technology in town,” “it’s the greatest invention since white bread,” “it’s the answer to database problems,” and other such exaggerated praises. To be fair, cloud computing has made life easier for many office workers and business owners. Online answering machines, online Adobe Photoshop, online MS Word Suite and many other software services are delivered affordably and efficiently on cloud servers, and such services are being lapped up by an army of subscribers.

Now, the naysayers and doomsayers are emerging. “Cloud computing is a mere rebranding of the old data center business model,” “SaaS is just too confusing..,” “It is just a selling gimmick..,” are some of the comments that have started coming from cloud critics, and here’s what’s not going down too well with them:

The Disadvantages Of Cloud Computing (The Critics’ View)

  1. Once upon a time internet speeds and server storage space were sold at a premium. Today, speeds have increased and developments in nanotechnology have created mega storage capacities. So, age-old hosting companies can now afford more space and serve client sites at faster speeds. Cloud computing represents a hyped-up stage in the evolution of technology – nothing else.
  2. Space on cloud comes with lesser legal protection. The government does not need a search warrant to subpoena the data. Cloud companies also won’t hesitate in handing over their client’s data if they face any government heat. This is why, critics say, cloud companies’ legal agreements are full of jargon that doesn’t offer anything to the client. He has to pound sand if there’s a problem.
  3. Website owners who buy shared computer space own that space during the lease period. But this does not hold true on a cloud. In most cases, the legal ownership of the space rests with the host. So, if the client wants to conduct a critical server operation, he must first obtain the host’s permission.
  4. Many companies and their workers use the cloud at work and at home. The computers in the office are safe, but the same cannot be said about the computers at home. If an office worker’s computer is hacked when he is working from home, valuable office data can be stolen.
  5. Some critics complain that cloud is one giant mechanism and that once data is cached in the system, it cannot be deleted even if it is deleted from the user’s space (also referred to as an instance). Users need expert technical personnel to ensure that their data is safe.

These are some of the disadvantages of cloud computing. However, it really does not matter if cloud computing is just another name for the age-old data center. Even the disadvantages of the cloud are nothing when compared to its advantages. We should try and focus on eliminating the cons and keep bettering the pros. That is the only way we will be able to capitalize on the true worth of this technology.


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A.J. Harrison is a tech blogger from Lincoln, NE. He is an avid user of cloud services, including the internet faxing tools provided by – which he considers to be a very big help to his business.

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