Cloud computing - the next world crisis?
September 12, 2011
I have just used my first internet based software tool and I found the number of times it could not save my changes because the server did not respond or gave a bad response to be very annoying!
When I first heard of cloud computing I thought it was a foolish idea. Now more than ever I think any company that becomes dependant on cloud computing is going to suffer badly.
Ok, this is just my personal opinion, maybe I'm wrong, here are the reasons I think it's a bad idea.
- Your computers are always going to crash or have hardware failures. Moving to the cloud just means you will suffer when their equipment fails as well as when your equipment fails.
- Security will always be a problem, even if a cloud server was 100% secure (never going to happen) then malware on your computer could still steal it when you access that information. Recently "Hackivist" have proven that if anything, your data will be less secure on a big companies server.
- You are now more dependant than ever on a good internet connection. In the short history of the internet the number of ways your service can be disrupted is steadily growing. Every thing from old ladies cutting the cable while scrounging for metal to natural disasters. Future sun activity is going to wreak havok on the satelite communications systems in the next ten years according to the latest reports.
- Even if everything is working perfectly, when dealing with large files such as high resolution photos or maps then a local harddrive will always be faster than an internet connection. Especially as solid state harddrives come down in price.
At best, if security is not a big issue then I would only use cloud computing as a secondary backup method. I'm sure there are IT experts on LMR who know a lot more about this subject than I do. If I am wrong then please enlighten me because at this stage it seems as though businesses moving to cloud computing may be nothing more than a cost saving exercise.
Here is a link to a news story concerning future solar activity: