servers and the resulting content and services,
as well as could help to push this NorthAmerican country well beyond its current server installed base.”
The majority of Cloud Computing infrastructure as of 2009
consists of reliable servicesdelivered through data centers and built on servers with different levels of virtualizationtechnologies. The services are accessible anywhere in the world, with the Cloud appearing asa single point of access for all the computing needs of consumers.
Some countries are already embarking on the Cloud Computing journey. However, largecorporations and governments of all sizes state privacy protection and data security as themain concerns regarding implementation of data holding centres in Asia, Europe, Russia,Brazil and other countries that don’t have the legislative framework in place to adequatelysafeguard strategic information and assets.
The Cloud Computing trend has intensified as businesses struggling in dismal economicconditions can reduce costs by using applications online as paid services instead of buying,installing and maintaining software on their own machines.
Through Cloud Computing, customers can minimize capital expenditure as infrastructure isowned by the provider and does not need to be purchased for one-time or infrequentintensive computing tasks.
Device and location independence enables users to access systems, regardless of their location or what device they are using.
Multi-tenancy enables sharing of resources and costs among a large pool of users, allowingfor:
Centralization of infrastructure in areas with lower costs (e.g., real estate, electricity,etc.)
Peak-load capacity increases (i.e., users need not engineer for highest possible load-levels)
Utilisation and efficiency improvements for systems (often utilized at only 10-20%).
On-demand allocation and de-allocation of CPU, storage and network bandwidth.
Reliability improves through the use of multiple redundant sites, which makes it suitable for business continuity and disaster recovery.
Scalability meets changing user demands quicklywithout users having to engineer for peak loads.Security typically improves in Cloud Computing due to the centralization of data,increasedsecurity-focused resources, and because providers are able to devote resources to solvingsecurity issues that many customers cannot afford.