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ITEC 625 - Cloud Computing For Business | Report

Added on - 04 Mar 2020

ITEC 625 - In this document, we discussed Cloud Computing for Businesses and its advantages and disadvantages. Cloud computing is a type of technology that allows users, in this example business firms, to store data on computers and then use it as a service.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing for Businesses1.IntroductionCloud computing can be briefly described as a type of technology that allows users, in ourcase business firms, to store their data on servers and then access that information as a formof service.The idea of paying for computing services that can be offered by using largedistributed computing facilities has been around for quite a while.However, itsimplementation to the extent that even the common user can access it, is a fairly newtechnology that emerged around 2007.In this research by exploring the essential characteristics, deployment models and servicemodels of cloud computing, I will show the advantages and disadvantages brought about bycloud computing.2.Project ObjectiveThe purpose of this research is to list these advantages and disadvantage in details. Apartfrom listing them this research shows how these advantages and disadvantages are broughtabout and how each of them affects both the business firms that subscribe to their services.The findings of the research can be used by business firms as they try to figure what cloudservices are best to subscribe to. It also gives them a chance to access the risk they could endup facing if they decide to apply cloud computing in their operations.3.Project ScopeThe scope of this research is limited to how cloud computing makes it easier for businesses tocarry out their operations and some of the challenges that cloud computing brings to businessoperations. There are various additional details given such as characteristics of cloudcomputing and its deployment models as I try to show how the advantages are brought about.This research is meant to be useful to all companies, whether big or small.4.Literature Review
Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing for BusinessesThe National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines cloud computing as amodel for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool ofconfigurable computing resources (such as networks, servers, storage, applications, andservices) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort orservice provider interaction. (Mell, 2011). It can also be described as the access of sharedresources stored in huge data centres by clients over the internet. (Babcock, 2010).Cloud computing technology is adopted by firms because it gives them the option ofreceiving services on demand and this in turn helps reduce amount of money spent onhardware and software resources. (Dubey and Wagle, 2007). The effect of this has had a hugeimpact on small and medium business firms, changing their cost structure totally.Cloud computing has several desirable features. They include: self-service,per-usagemetered and billing system, elasticity and scalability and finally its customizable.Accordingto the National Institute of Standards and Technology, cloud computing has five essentialcharacteristics. Some of these characteristics are similar to the features mentioned above. Tosome extent we can say that these characteristics are derived from the features mentionedabove. The five essential characteristics are as follows:On demand self-services. This is seen where businesses can request for cloud servicesonline and pay for them without their being any human-interaction between them andthe service providers.Broad network access. This means that all types of clients can access cloud services, itdoes not matter whether they are using thick or thin client interfaces to access theservices. For example, it does not matter if you are using a smart phone or a high-endcomputing platform such as a mainframe computer, you can still access the services.
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In this assignment, we will look at how cloud computing creates the illusion of infinite processing capabilities, especially when viewed from the standpoint of storage. It addresses some of the most pressing concerns that businesses face, such as flexibility and ongoing computer device upkeep. Cloud computing, in my opinion, will be the primary form of computing in enterprises in the future since, despite its drawbacks, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.