Cloud computing : Arrived and here to stay

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Among the largely popular and result bearing technological trends of recent times, the most effective and catalytic change has been the conception of Cloud computing. A lot of importance has been given to Cloud computing lately whereas the dicey approach of companies on whether or not to adapt to Cloud like the others, has been much hyped as well.

Cloud computing, which once was just a farfetched concept, is now evolving like never before. Companies of all kinds of statures are deciding to inculcate this technology into their working enterprises. If expert opinion is to be believed then the semi revolution started by Cloud computing is going to grow indefinitely over the coming years. Meant to help flourish businesses ranging from mid size to large size, it certainly does have its downsides for smaller scale businesses.

On the plus side, apart from the minor drawbacks, the greater advantages can be a handful. The basic upside that defines its success is users being able to connect to their desired data from anywhere, as long as they have access to an internet connection. The fact being that we are living in a time when more and more of us are using a wide range of devices and that too individually. Be it laptops, tablets, or smart phones, we are gradually moving away from relying on a single PC and that is exactly where Cloud computing comes in to the rescue as it gives you access to your data and information, no matter where you are in the world.

For the tech critics who believe data storage should be restricted to the old fashioned hardcore ways, well, most of them without realising are already a part of Cloud computing. Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, Skype, YouTube, and Facebook are the most popular examples of Cloud computing and these without doubt are most widely used by majority of technology users today. The only problem as mentioned earlier is the worry over security issues as companies yet are unsure about the idea of storing data on the Cloud as compared to storing it on their own respective servers.

It allows you to store files on a unified Cloud server instead of your hard drives or office servers. What this means is freedom from system failure, less dependency on office and no extra reliability on IT infrastructure. Scenarios where one enters office and is not able to access required files due to a failed system, can also be avoided permanently with the use of Cloud computing.

It might have its own share of glitches but then again, what does not. Even the traditional servers of today can fall prey to hacking, whereas computers can be stolen and hard drives can crash.

What we need is a realization that everything including technology cannot function and exist without hindrances. Looking at where technology has brought us today and the distance it has covered to achieve it, the current scenario under discussion seems to be heading in the right direction.

From ITvoir News Desk/Darab Bakhshi

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