Adopt a Cloud Today: The Interoperability of Cloud Computing

the interoperability of cloud computing

Cloud computing implementation has occurred for the last several years and is accelerating. The improvements in HTML5 code from WW3C in 2012 will further lay the groundwork for customer cloud access. The key focus at this point is interoperability and having any device that accesses the Internet sharing information across numerous platforms.

Clouds Come in Layers

Different layers of the cloud serve different purposes. A survey by CRN sent to cloud solution provider executives showed Software as a Service (SaaS) has a 57% adoption rate among them. It is by far the most used service out there. A close second comes in as Platform as a Service (PaaS) at 38% where tools and libraries are offered, and the consumer creates the software. When Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) comes it is split into two fields: Public (IaaS) and Private (IaaS) at 31% and 30% respectively. Put the two together and they outshine the other categories.

Trends

In an Ovum report 2012, data was determined to be the fuel to energize cloud computing on all levels. Cloud computing service, social applications  and mobile applications are girded by cloud platforms. Generating that volume of data requires cloud services creating applications that make sense of the numbers.

Cloud services intertwine easily with other industry trends such as the public government data, and the Internet of Things (the idea of tagging identifiable objects so that a computer can read and categorize it). A whole layer in the ecosystem will evolve using pay-per-use models. With a tag production, shipping and inventory as a seamless event that becomes a service a company offers to another.

Advantages

Cloud computing has enormous advantages. Its scale and infrastructure can accommodate global needs. The amount of information created on the web daily is enormous, and cloud computing enables effective sharing, networking, and data centers. Environmentally it uses less power and consumes less floor space making for maximum usage with the minimum amount of equipment.

Disadvantages

Cloud computing outsources. Any time items are outsourced a person is giving up some control and will encounter new risks. Risks entail items such as reduced say in control of how the data is flowed, accountability becomes agreements between entities and reliability and service becomes dependent on another.

Privacy and Security

With all the massive amounts of data some of which is personal, a series of protocols has developed to protect information  The gist of the protocols is to prevent misuse of the information so developing processes that prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, destruction of data or someone coming in and alternating information are required.

Protection measures offer security. Mechanisms such as authentication, incident reports, data back up, and regular checks in place help make such data reliable and credible. What it comes down to is trust. Does the company reasonably protect data, keep its promises and have ways to rectify an issue when it arises that is humane and fair.

As cloud computing infiltrates the web how sharing occurs, respecting each other’s privacy and having a reasonable amount of integrity more and more will become the underlying mechanisms that make it all work. Taking advantage of a situation will no longer be the true method to make a profit, instead a model of cooperation, alliances and being fair will make more money naturally than any other way.

Author Bio: Christopher Castro is the Social Media Coordinator for Chassis Plans, a computer hardware company that produce products like the harsh environment computer, industrial computer monitor and more.

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