I was watching an Ad on Hulu and noticed a Microsoft Ad for the Cloud. I realized how much of a buzzword it has become. The “Cloud” as is being used refers to remote data storage. As loose as a term that is, it applies to everything we have done in the past 10 years. It’s called server hosting. The main idea behind Cloud hosting however, isn’t just that data is stored on the server, but your programs and your Operating system to a point is too. This alleviates many issues with software updates and such, but why is it a buzz word you might ask?
Cloud is being used for businesses to think that their data is safe off location. While this is cheaper, the buzzword comes from the fact that they think all they have to do is start paying money and it works.
Sure this works, assuming you’ve used up to date Microsoft Software. Thing is, there is a huge learning curve, your data is hostage to internet and Microsoft, and not everyone quite understands the negative sides to Cloud Hosting.
The biggest concern with cloud hosting is that the government doesn’t need a warrant to search (to my knowledge). Since it is a company, and companies like to stay on the government’s good side, they will usually provide any authority with any information they need, including data, who accesses it, and the sort. Therefore, it wouldn’t be a good idea if you are a pirate.
Really, Cloud is just mass remote storage or backup. We haven’t recently discovered this technology. We’ve had it all along, just storage devices have been getting cheaper with the release of Solid state drives. So, cloud storage is able to be sold to more common folk and not purely business with lots of space needs (Think YouTUbe but with high bandwidth and port speeds). We’ve had the ability to cloud store things, just now we feel customers should be sold this too. What’s more, the most a normal user will use this for, is for School documents, Music files so you can listen anywhere (Amazon MP3? 😛 ), and work for things you want to work with on the go. Other than that, I can’t think of many uses for cloud other than to keep control of what you do with it. Only for things on the go.
That’s what I think of the buzzword cloud. Post what you feel/think about it!