We all know how fast technology can change, but few would have predicted the rate and scale of evolution in the personal computing space. In the last five years or so the way in which we view and use computers has fundamentally changed. This has largely been due to new and more innovative hardware and of course the cloud. The cloud changes and everything and just about every key player in the tech space has adopted it. But what makes the cloud so special and just how much has changed as a result of it? Today we will explore this further as of every new technology has advantages and disadvantages.
Like many other technologies cloud computing is set to continually grow, with even modest projections estimating that in 2020 the market will have reached approximately 241 billion dollars. The main reason for such pronounced growth is due to some distinct advantages cloud computing offers. The main benefit is that of availability; that is, the data can be accessed anywhere in the world in real-time by authorised personnel. Cloud computing is therefore excellent for live networking. If we then combine this attribute along with scalability, higher levels of internal security as well as easy integration into existing program parameters, it becomes clear why such growth is slated to continue into the future.
Conversely, although internal security concerns may be higher than traditional PC platforms, one of the most common worries is that of data loss or unauthorised external access. This is of particular concern when many observe that software-as-a-service (for individual users) is seen to be the highest growth sector. Another disadvantage may prove to be cost for some users. Although the software itself costs little if anything, the monthly subscription fees may accrue over time for those with tight budgets. Additionally, delays in response time still plague some systems although this area is expected to greatly improve with the implementation of faster responding software and improved broadband technology.
Nonetheless, it seems at present that many individuals and small businesses are eager to adopt cloud computing as an alternative to a static operational platform. This is especially relevant for growing enterprises which need to implement an infrastructure in a timely fashion. Some have even equated the security concerns to those of electronic banking a decade ago; these trends may be difficult to embrace at first sight but eventually may become the norm for millions worldwide.
Ultimately, cloud computing contains significant pros and cons, as does any technology currently available. The individual and business should weigh these carefully to determine if this service is appropriate and if so, how heavily they wish to integrate their existing data management systems. Either way it appears that cloud computing will grow substantially in the years to come. However often you will be using it without realising it. For example the latest applications such as the new Microsoft Office automatically use this technology. It will inevitable become the norm.