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Cloud computing is a set of IT services that are provided to a customer over a

network on a leased basis and with the ability to scale up or down their service
requirements. Usually cloud computing services are delivered by a third party
provider who owns the infrastructure. It advantages to mention but a few
include scalability, resilience, flexibility, efficiency and outsourcing non-core
activities.
Survey conducted by international data corporation (IDC) shows the strength of
cloud computing to be implemented in IT industry and gives the potential
inspiration to CSP. The section contains the survey related to the growth of
cloud, security aspect, cloud is the first priority to the vendors, revenue
report, future and current usage, state of cloud to the IT users and popularity
survey of cloud computing.
a) Cloud growth
The Table 1 shows the cloud growth from year 2008 to 2012 [4].
Table 1: Cloud Growth
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Cloud
Total
IT
TotalCloud

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$
$
4

201
$42
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$
9

G
27
7%
%
4%

b) Survey on cloud security
The Fig. 1 shows the survey on security. This represents security as first rank
according to IT executives. This information is collected from 263 IT
professional by asking different question related to the cloud [5], and many of
the executives are worried about security perspective of cloud.

This shows that now a days the cloud computing is the first priority by organization in the field of technology [4] .Figure 1: cloud security survey [5] b) Top ten technology priorities This report displayed in Fig 2 collected at the end of 2010 by IDC.

only adds viable security risks. 2. degraded. When a cloud computing subscriber selects a cloud computing flavour not well aligned with their business module. . on-demand resource provisioning and scalability are all designed to deliver peak performance and enhance the overall usability of applications and data hosted in the cloud. It’s important to understand cloud computing security as a practical concern as well as a legal one. storage and networking. that does not mean that from time to time some performance issues that are totally centric to cloud computing environment do not arise. Virtualization software might be compromised which could jeopardize the entire infrastructure which includes cloud computing. The problem is that many customers of cloud services hesitate to commit without understanding their legal standing. The most common mistake that people make is equating application performance issues with cloud computing environment. at best. However. which is a fundamental tenant of cloud computing. PERFORMENCE Inherent cloud tenants that like increased availability. many of which represent obstacles for customers. just as many remain unaware of cloud-related legal issues before they start using services. the performance is. however. Security The most compelling challenge for someone attempting to switch from their existing computing module to the cloud is to ascertain how secure cloud computing is.PERTINENT ISSUES IN CLOUD COMPUTING Cloud computing services face a wide variety of legal issues and concerns. The Top 5 Cloud Computing Concerns Today 1. Aficionados of conventional computing often allege that the extensive use of virtualization.

storage used. Typically.3. having a team on site to maintain it and worrying about managing costly software licenses.g. Top Five Non Functional Requirements Challenges Of Cloud Computing Companies are increasingly aware of the business value that cloud computing brings and are taking steps towards transition to the cloud. applications. they do need to ensure the quality. verified. namely the trade-offs between expressiveness and complicatedness. Utilizing cloud computing also renders maintaining on-premises optimized hardware. Like any new technology. it is vital for consumers to obtain guarantees from providers on service delivery. bandwidth consumed. Client’s data hosted in the cloud is routinely backed up and stored safely so it can be readily accessed in case of emergency. 5. and performance of these resources when consumers have migrated their core business functions onto their entrusted cloud. the adoption of cloud computing is not free from issues. A smooth transition entails a thorough understanding of the benefits as well as challenges involved. The very first issue is the definition of SLA specifications in such a way that has an appropriate level of granularity. reliability. so that they can cover most of the consumer expectations and is relatively simple to be weighted. COST Pay-As-You-Go is the unique payment method introduced by cloud computing. Thanks to the virtualization aspect (which is uselessly criticized by conventional computing proponents) it is possible to maintain an identical copy of the entire setup including the operating system. these are provided through Service Level Agreements (SLAs) negotiated between the providers and consumers. DATA LOSS & DISASTER Cloud computing environments irrespective of their flavour provide stringent data loss prevention and disaster recovery measures. Service Level Agreement Although cloud consumers do not have control over the underlying computing resources. This method entails that the subscriber is only charged for the resources consumed (e. availability. patches and data. Needless to say that all of these aspects are considerable cost savers! 4. . In other words. or enhanced processor time requested). evaluated. and enforced by the resource allocation mechanism the cloud.

. Service Delivery and Billing It is difficult to assess the costs involved due to the on-demand nature of the services. The fact that the valuable enterprise data will reside outside the corporate firewall raises serious concerns. performance. and there should be no lock-in period. Security and Privacy The main challenge to cloud computing is how it addresses the security and privacy concerns of businesses thinking of adopting it. 4. Budgeting and assessment of the cost will be very difficult unless the provider has some good and comparable benchmarks to offer. Reliability and Availability Cloud providers still lack round-the-clock service. robustness. 3. These risks can be mitigated by using security applications. Cloud computing services should have the capability to integrate smoothly with the on-premise IT. Interoperability and Portability Businesses should have the leverage of migrating in and out of the cloud and switching providers whenever they want.Some of the most important Non Functional Requirement (NFR) challenges are as follows. encrypted file systems. It is important to monitor the service being provided using internal or third-party tools. and buying security hardware to track unusual behavior across servers. SLAs. 1. data loss software. 2. It is vital to have plans to supervise usage. Businesses will be reluctant to switch to cloud without a strong service quality guarantee. The service-level agreements (SLAs) of the provider are not adequate to guarantee the availability and scalability. Hacking and various attacks to cloud infrastructure would affect multiple clients even if only one site is attacked. this results in frequent outages. and business dependency of these services.

. This can be a low cost for smaller applications but can be significantly high for the data-intensive applications. Performance and Bandwidth Cost Businesses can save money on hardware but they have to spend more for the bandwidth. It is rather important to give serious consideration to these issues and the possible ways out before adopting the technology. All these challenges should not be considered as road blocks in the pursuit of cloud computing. many businesses are waiting for a reduced cost before switching to the cloud. Because of this.5. Delivering intensive and complex data over the network requires sufficient bandwidth.

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Security and Privacy .