Cloud Computing is the internet-based storage for files, applications, and infrastructure. One could say cloud computing has been around for many years, but now a company may buy or rent space for their daily operations.
The cost savings in implementing a cloud system is substantial, and the pricing for use of cloud computing can easily be scaled up or down as determined by necessity.
Uses of Cloud Computing
Satisfying User Experience
Data security is one of the major concerns with cloud computing. Even though the encryption and security power increases at an exponential rate, the threat of hackers still looms in many companies’ minds. Experts say that within four years, security systems for cloud computing will be perfected and stronger.
As with any form of technology, the employer should have a policy on the use of cloud computing by employees that states the type of monitoring that will be conducted by the employer. This policy will serve to insure that the employer's cloud computing is not abused by employees. The policy should also state that employees have no privacy rights in regard to any contents (data) in the cloud.
In contracting with providers such as Box, Dropbox, Microsoft, Apple or Amazon there are growing legal issues that must be addressed by all parties involved with the cloud contract.
Learning Links & Worksheets
- Cloud contract - [worksheet]
- Moving your business to a cloud
- Use and security of a cloud for data storage (ppt)
*Worksheets are provided to assist your learning, check to the right of the link to see if a [worksheet] is available.
Page last modified December 16, 2012