Benefits and Challenges of Cloud Computing Analytical Essay by Kien

Benefits and Challenges of Cloud Computing
An analysis of the benefits and limitations of cloud computing.
# 153593 | 1,207 words | 10 sources | APA | 2013 | KE

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The paper analyzes the types of cloud computing available, the categories of services rendered and its characteristics. The paper also addresses the benefits and limitations of cloud computing services and explains that while cloud computing offers reduced overheads and improved accessibility, reliability and scalability, it is hampered by security and privacy concerns. The paper suggests that measures aimed at improving the security and privacy of the stored data should be explored.

Executive Summary

From the Paper:

"The term cloud computing is derived from the symbol of a cloud commonly used to depict computer networks. Thus cloud computing can be simply understood as the practice of delivering computational services using the internet. These internet hosted services usually include software, applications, data storage and processing services. Provision of hosted computer resources has roots in the systems used by e-mail service providers. Companies such as Google, yahoo and Microsoft represent some of the first providers of cloud computing services. These companies have offered Gmail, yahoo mail and hotmail email services respectively where the email account holder uses a web browser interface to access their personal information stored in the databases owned and managed by the email service providers (Strickland, 2011). As business practices evolve, cloud computing has been embraced by business organizations in order to enhance efficiency as hosted services provide access to high speed and more reliable network. Additionally, innovations in information technology have also enabled the creation of remote platforms and applications which commercial organizations could exploit in their day to day business operations. These development have marked the departure from complicated and capital intensive traditional network systems in organizations to more flexible and highly adaptable cloud computing (Ide, 2011:10)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chee, B. J., & Franklin, C. (2009). Cloud Computing: Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center. London: CRC Press.
  • Gillam, L. (2010). Cloud Computing: Principles, Systems and Applications. New Jersey: Springer.
  • Gruman, G., & Knorr, E. (2009). What cloud computing really means. Retrieved April 27, 2011, from
  • Ide, M. (2011). Cloud Computing Market Predicted To Hit $240 Billion By 2020. Retrieved April 28, 2011, from
  • Jaatun, M. G. (2009). Cloud Computing: First International Conference. New Jersey: Springer.

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