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Challenges Of Cloud Computing

cloudcomputingCloud computing is the process of outsourcing data from privately owned computers for storage on remote servers. The service is gaining popularity particularly among organisations that want to store and manage data with cheaper, smaller and more efficient processors that consume less energy than standard systems.

In spite of the economic and convenience benefits that come with cloud services,  there have been security concerns over the threat of hacking , lack of back-up, should remote servers fail and lack of privacy protection. In addition, due to the use of virtual machines by most cloud vendors to store data for multiple companies on a single server or processor, there is a perceived lack of control and an increase in the likelihood of data leakage and security breaches.

Thankfully, it appears that most cloud vendors and cloud server hosting service providers such as Peer 1 are working very hard to address growing concerns as more requirements and challenges emerge.



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What steps should be taking to ensure the security and safety of cloud computing? Do you agree with suggestions that creating a global cloud security standard will ensure that cloud providers are more accountable for the services they provide?

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    1. I completely agree, the potential that the cloud computers provide far outweighs the cost of developing security measurements.

       
  37. If this is something that’s useful what I find scary is the security. I don’t know if you’ll be able to keep same type of security level to each of them. One thing I wanted to know and is very interesting honestly is if Cloud computing helps in determining where your website is from? Specially by local search?

    There are times that you wish you’re registered from Australia or Europe but your website is with a .com (from US)

    I don’t know if this is in relation but might be that you’ll know some answer for this.

     
    1. Cloud computing does not determine where your Website was registered. If your domain name was registered as dot com, it remains the same way and can’t be altered by the cloud.

       
  38. Our technology today today is ranging up to fast, this kind of outsourcing information and date are very useful for us. I just hope that it wont break down, and be affected by spam and hacks. This is a very informative site.

     
  39. These days this service is so popular because of its cheap and economical cost and at the same time service is also good so anyone doesn’t hesitate to use this service.

     
    1. I agree with that point. Because it can save cost. So people who use the service, may forgot about their secure too.

       
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  43. You pointed out some issues in cloud computing paradigm. It’s true that security is one of the toughest issue cloud providers and researchers should tackle. However, it may also be necessary to inform the readers that a cloud is not always be associated to a commercial provider. You can build your own cloud and then secure your virtualized infrastructure.

    It seems that most people get cloud computing as a marketing hype without delving into more profound comprehension about the terminology. Hopefully this will be shifted as more education and information about cloud computing is provided by the technology evangelists.

     
  44. I have that there are already many computers and files that are hacked due to outsourcing. Is there a way on how to secure the security fof private owned computers?

     
  45. I have seen some big companies opting for cloud computing services and it helps them as it is cheap and they don’t have to maintain it by themselves which cut the cost by huge amount

     
  46. I do not really have a great deal to say in reply, I only this minute wanted to comment to say excellent work. The both of us genuinely loved your point of view. It seems like you’ve put a good amount of effort into your post and we require much more of these on the web these days.

     
  47. This is he future. The problem is the security, that’s obvious. But if we manage to make it safe, all companies will move to this system, that gives a huge flexibility and power.

     
  48. Thanks, that is a new topic, our technology today today is ranging up to fast, this kind of outsourcing information and date are very useful for us. I just hope that it wont break down, and be affected by spam and hacks. This is a very informative site.

     
    1. I understand your concerns. Sometimes one gets the feeling that technology in relation to online privacy and security is not moving as fast as other aspects of Internet/Web technology.

       
  49. Everybody’s moving to cloud computing. I mean when’s the last time you installed a program on your computer? Everything is online now. Online is even competing with old brick and mortar industries like DVDs. In 5-10 years everyone will be streaming videos and the DVD player will be gone.

     
  50. I think having a standard would help but it’d be a false sense of security for the customer. Having everything in the cloud is a recipe for disaster. With one little mistake, and your entire business can go down the drain. As a business, I would never go with cloud computing, or would stop using it once I grew and could afford managing my files myself.

     
  51. I think it is important to point out 3 reasons why one should go ahead with cloud computing.

    1. The Ability to Scale Quickly and Seamlessly as hosting via cloud computing allows websites to scale upward on an unlimited basis

    2. Pay as you go (pretty obvious – you only pay for what you use!)

    3. Web application (cloud computing helps deploy apps quick over the internet)

     
  52. Cloud Computing is an awesome growing technology. True it seems to have lot of future for IT professionals as well. Its time we realize google and other top companies are taking on to cloud.

     
  53. Cloud computing will grow very rapidly once they discover a more sound security. When they discover these better security measures cloud computing will be very very popular

     
  54. I can’t see too many problems with security. No more than exists already. After all, many people have no problems with their bank data being on a computer somewhere.

     
  55. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it.I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.Thank you for sharing the nice post with useful information.

     
  56. With one little mistake, and your entire business can go down the drain. As a business, I would never go with cloud computing, or would stop using it once I grew and could afford managing my files myself.

     
    1. It seems like cloudn computing would tax the internet and make loading apps slow and maybe overload the internet infrastructure? Maybe I don’t understand it but as they always say there is no such thing as a free lunch. Seems like it would create new problems.

       
      1. Possibly. However, broadband internet speeds are getting faster by the day although unfortunately it is not the same everywhere.

         
  57. I’m not sure if CDN’s are considered part of cloud computing, but I think they are and use them to deliver content fast to visitors. I think creating a global security standard would help but I doubt everyone across the word would jump on board.

     
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  59. Apart from the economic and convenience benefits of cloud computing, it would need the full support of the industry if it were ever to be fully embraced around the world.

     
  60. I know that the security risks are still pretty high, but in all honesty… I think the benefits of this type of outsourcing outweighs the ‘risk’ of any security issue that I may have. It is cost effective, and allows my limited resources to be used on something that is truly some that I must focus on. As other readers have expressed.. I can’t wait to see where the future goes on this one.

     
  61. I think Cloud Computing is really dangerous, we won’t be able to fully control what happening with our data and those who will be store our data will be have possibility to do everything with them so i’m against it.

    Of course it would be great to have Os in cloud or even software but personall data NO!

     
  62. I haven’t been hearing much about cloud computing lately, has anyone here tried it? I think it would be a good option if it works well and the security is good. Any experiences?

     
  63. Any new thing ,system or technology will have its loop holes . The security loopholes will be covered in short time . Cheers!

     
  64. I think it’s always going to be a battle to keep security updates ahead of the people trying to access your private info, regardless of whether that info is on the cloud or not.

    It’s kind of like drug testing – you do what you can and win more than you lose, but you know there are going to be times when a cheat slips through the cracks.

     
  65. I think their will always be security concerns when it comes to backing up data and off site storage services. The points given in the article are absolutely true and I would also be worried with using such services. In my old company, I used to back up data into tape disks and every day a company would take our tapes (locked up in a briefcase) and take it off site for ovenright stoage. So many things can go wrong in such a scenario with the tapes gone missing…theirs liability at stake but if someone wants your data they’ll get it, a lot easier than you may think.

    I always thought it’s best to have your own backup storage services on site, set up a SAN, remove the harddrives at night and put it in a fireproof vault in the I.T department. I think that would be the safest route to ever go..then again, you got to trust your employees and employers…at the end of the day, NOTHING IS SAFE!

    Cheers, great article admin!.

     
  66. I agree with Kristjan about the “battle to keep security updates ahead” and its a good thing to keep it updated even though there are glitches on it

     
  67. I just signed up for your newsletter, I totally aggree that creating a global cloud security standard would be essential ,security loopholes will always be found , so it would be important that everyone works together , on similar platforms & hardware , this would allow security patches and updates to be be developed and applied quickly.

     
  68. Finally found nice information here … I’m agree that creating a global cloud security standard will ensure that cloud providers are more accountable for the services

     
  69. Just like any new technology there will be initial concerns about reliability, privacy, security etc. As the technology evolves, there will be solutions to relieve those worries and we will be looking back on the “old fashioned days before cloud computing”. I know when calculators first came out, my grandfather checked the answers by hand for a while before trusting the answers the calculator gave were correct..haha.

     
  70. Hi,

    There is no doubt that this would help maintain data in a more organized way, however, security issues have to be taken care of. In such cases, the privacy of the data much be secured. I am sure with the passage of time, these concerns would be taken care of and a solution will be
    reached. Thanks for sharing!

     
  71. Because of the huge potential of cloud computing it really is in the best interests of the companies providing this service to improve security and build the confidence of potential users.

     
  72. Even though cloud computing is not quite where it needs to be (personally I still think we will have bandwidth issues preventing a lot of the progression on this for the next few years), it will one day be something that will be very helpful.

     
  73. The security is surely the biggest challenge for cloud computing. It is hard to store our important data to other server, right?

     
  74. One of the major challenge of cloud computer is that when a small section of the cloud goes down, it can bring down the whole lot for an unpredictable period of time.

     
  75. The technology for storing data has greatly evolved in a very short time. From the increasing storage capacity to remote storing of data. It’s just amazing how easy it is now to store data since we now have a lot of options. Cloud Computing is a good example of storing data efficiently. This is a very promising technology.

     
  76. From universities to shopping malls to grocery stores where there are more that POS unit working, the cloud computing makes it easy to compute sales. Marketing products through the networking scheme also allow technopreneurs and the head to get updates of their financial status. But I agree, it is more prone to hacking. I wonder how this can be prevented.

     
  77. Policing the Internet has been problematic, so maintaining security on Cloud servers will no doubt prove similarly difficult. If you don’t control the data on your host machine then any remote system can be hacked – despite even the most stringent controls being implemented. For Cloud servers, the threat of such hacking would currently not make these systems a trusted and viable options for many commercial applications – such as those used in the banking and finance sectors.

     
  78. Cloud server hosting is definitely advantageous as far as storage, but choosing who you decide to use as your cloud server should be strictly made on the server’s security credentials. Hacking will always remain, but it will be the cloud hosting company who needs to continue to insure that they have a “fortress” and it’s impenetrable by threats, but trying to regulate it globally would be difficult as there is no standards yet in place. Choose wisely!

     
    1. Totally agree. As the technology becomes more profound reputation and experience will become a strong point for Cloud hosts who want to be successful.

       
  79. With the ongoing developments that cloud computing providers are making, it may be safe to say that security concerns are continuously being addressed. One thing is for sure, cloud computing is the future. This will likely change how people use information technology.

     
  80. A global cloud security standard would be a wise step. Seeing as it is becoming a more important part of our future. Looking at the next generation of telephones, tablet pcs and pc’s the cloud is becoming normal really fast. So we better start it out right, or else we will have to fix it after a big hacking scandal.

     
  81. Gone are the days where small and medium companies scramble to purchase dedicated servers to host their information and data. Nowadays, everybody relies on cloud computing to resolve their data management needs, and with this convenience comes the price of lower security.

     
  82. Companies that use cloud databases need to do everything they can in their power to keep information in the cloud secure. I’m definitely worried about hacking & privacy. If you think about it, though, how much more or less “safe” is cloud storage vs. traditional (hardware based, I guess?) storage?

     
  83. The biggest challenge is to eliminate the scepticism people have with regards to it’s viability and usefulness.
    Encourage people to use cloud computing services to ease their fear.
    Sooner or later it will be the way to go and there is no doubt about it

     
  84. This is a very good article, I discovered your blog checking aol for a related subject matter and came to this. I couldnt find to much other information on this article, so it was nice to discover this one. I will be back to look at some other posts that you have another time. Election material

     
  85. I really appreciate your post and today’s all people ; all organisation want to keep their data into cloud even 70% people want to operate their software from cloud; in the past few years ago everyone download a program then they install that program in their physical then use them but nowadays you have the option to keep you program in cloud and use it from in where in world.

     

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