The information technology industry is growing at a rapid pace. Every business entity needs some form of IT support to ensure that business operations are continuously running. As an entity grows in size and revenue, the information system needed to support the entity needs to grow as well. Some businesses may not have enough resources to accommodate this expansion. Their building may be too small or they cannot afford to purchase the equipment. When this is the case, an organization will choose to migrate their network infrastructure to a cloud computing environment. Cloud computing allows for a company to implement a large scale network without having to incur expenses for modifying the building infrastructure. Cloud computing can offer three services; infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS). A firm’s needs in expansion determine what services they need. Though, most organizations acquire IaaS. When this happens, companies surrender their data to the cloud. They are unaware of how their information is kept safe and confidential. All of their operations are dependent on the cloud operations. Cloud computing should not be considered as a significant option for data storage and network infrastructure solutions because of evident security concerns.
What is Cloud Computing?
The purpose of cloud computing is to offer software as a service. In cloud technology, software is not installed locally on machines but dealt with outside by a third party. Use of the application must be done through a network connection or the software be installed on a local computer and accessed elsewhere. All of the data and information processing is done separately by a large ware house full of computers with powerful processing units. This is referred to as a data center. Cloud computing can be broken down into two sections. One section is referred to the public cloud in which it can be used as a pay as you go service (Armbrust et al., 2010). The private cloud is the second section. This is in reference to the enormous data centers in use by organizations and private businesses. These businesses will see the most benefit from using cloud technology. Furthermore, people involved in cloud computing can be organized into two groups as well; the cloud providers and the cloud user’s. The cloud user’s take resources from the cloud and utilize data storage. Cloud providers house the hardware or equipment for the cloud and also manage it.
Ignoring the security concerns for cloud computing, it is very resourceful to large organizations. Specifically where the demand for processing power and data storage is constantly fluctuating. Configuring the cloud to absorb increased network traffic and processing jobs will eventually cause the cloud to be underutilized other times. Though a company has the option to pay per hour for computing resources (Armbrust et al., 2010). This allows for the company to only...