Cloud Computing: Access to Nearly Unlimited Storage
Cloud computing provides off-site storage of data that’s accessible from nearly any location.
Cloud computing has attracted the attention of operators of large-scale computer systems and networks as well as individual and small business computer users. An investor and business developer like Kaleil Isaza Tuzman of KIT Capital use cloud computing as part of the foundation of his business ventures. The promise of off-site storage of large quantities of data, software and digital media accessible by the user from any location throughout the world has introduced a new use of the internet and the potential for new entrepreneurial opportunities.
Cloud-based services are usually associated with storage or software delivered over the internet. Traditionally, such services are provided through hosting on a user’s computer or network. But with cloud services, a user can limit hardware costs while acquiring almost unlimited storage capacity for applications and data.
Applications and Benefits of Cloud-based Services
Entrepreneur Kaleil Isaza Tuzman of KIT Capital was an early developer of a cloud-based video platform for social video. Sharing of data is no longer limited to a hard drive on a single computer or on a corporation’s network. Data sharing with cloud-based services can be accomplished from any computer with access to the internet.
As a user’s reliance on cloud computing increases, the need for fast computers with large memory capacities disappears. All that is necessary is a computer with the capacity to access the internet to connect to a cloud system. Programs, data and digital files stored on a user’s desktop or laptop computer are stored in a cloud system waiting to be accessed.
Corporations and businesses receive an additional benefit from cloud systems through decreased software licensing costs. In place of a license for each computer on which a program is run, corporations can save money by paying a single metered fee to a company offering a cloud computing system.
The Basics of Cloud Computing
In a typical cloud computing system, the computer of a user represents the front end of the system. The front-end computer must have the proprietary program from the cloud provider loaded in it to allow access to the particular cloud system. When combined with a method for access to the internet, the front-end user is ready to access the data and other resources stored in the cloud system.
The heart of the cloud system is at the back end where the servers, computers, storage systems and backup systems exist. Using a technique known as virtualization, cloud systems transform the processing power of servers that goes to waste because servers rarely operate at full capacity. The cloud system uses software to make a server operate as multiple servers and increase server output while reducing the amount of actual hardware that is required.
Questions About Security of Data
The transfer of large amounts of potentially sensitive data to an offsite location for storage has many people raising security and privacy concerns about cloud-based systems. Limiting access to data through user-controlled authentication techniques employing user names and passwords is one method used to allay user concerns.
Cloud systems have the ability to limit a user’s access to specific data or applications. Corporations or large organizations concerned about granting unlimited access to employees or customers can limit each user’s data access as well as limiting access to the system itself.
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