Cloud Computing: Who Dominates the Field?

Cloud Computing: Who Dominates the Field?

Guest speaker Adam Papendiek spoke about cloud computing as one of the top five emerging trends in the ICT field. Cloud computing is essentially a way to deliver software and hardware without the traditional hassles of installing and maintaining the specified program(s). Cloud computing uses shared resources in a complex infrastructure to deliver IT services at significant fractions of historical costs. Computing power has entered a whole new era of large scale capabilities as witnessed through the various platforms that are capable of connecting billions of people. While cloud computing has made sharing and accessing information easier, it has also made maintaining security harder- an issue that needs to be thoroughly investigated, especially in developing worlds. Cloud computing is broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Check out this diagram to see which companies currently dominate the cloud computing field in their respective categories. Learn more about cloud computing here.

5 responses to “Cloud Computing: Who Dominates the Field?

  • calliemedin

    I think that the whole concept of Cloud computing is really cool, and has definitely made technology more affordable (and therefore accessible) for many. Fore example, Google recently released the ChromeBook, a $250 laptop that works almost exclusively via Cloud software. Cloud is great because it eliminates the need for expensive software products (such as Microsoft Office), but I think you brought up a very important point that it brings to the table increased security risks.

  • pkrause439

    Cloud computing definitely is a viable option for promoting equal access to software and programs. However, because this was not how technology was “traditionally” handled it will be interesting to see to what extent it is adapted by the public. Also, many individuals get nervous by such open source planning– i.e security threats.

  • gmizrahi

    Cloud computing also decreases the need for additional technology purchased for the sake of backing up and storage. It therefore is useful in diminishing the divide between people who are able to back up their information because they have enough money to, and people who formerly could not afford to do so.

  • hgalante

    Great topic! I feel that cloud computing is the future of all of our technological experience, however, I have trouble seeing it being widely adopted in the developing world. Regarding the aforementioned ChromeBook, having local files is essential in areas of decreased network coverage. Really awesome concept!

  • TIM0603

    Agreed with @hgalante. Chromebook is the first thing that comes up in my mind when it comes to the topic of thin client and cloud computing. Because it’s more based on a strong and reliable internet connection, the well developed network infrastructure is a big challenge for developing countries. Also, how to lower the cost of the hardware remains s issue.

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