Essay on The Modern Virtual Landscape: When to Use Cloud Computing

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Computer virtualization has become ubiquitous in the modern IT landscape. One of the more interesting evolutionary offspring of virtualization is Cloud Computing. Today’s Information Technology managers have a wide variety of software and services to choose from. Knowing when to choose the cloud or an in-house solution isn’t always clear. This paper seeks to determine where cloud computing is superior and when it should be avoided.
What do Cloud Providers Offer? There is a lot of buzz about “the Cloud” and what it can and cannot do for IT departments. A wide range of products and services are lumped into the phrase “Cloud computing.” While the strict definition of a cloud speaks mainly to a collection of easily deployed virtual servers,
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Cloud technology can be utilized in-house for situations where a public cloud vendor is not practical. Larger organizations that cannot use SaaS and IaaS because of security or privacy reasons can benefit from the reliability, scalability, and quick provisioning that a public cloud provides by using a private cloud. Private clouds are expensive and technologically challenging to implement, but they are an option for larger organizations that roll out new servers on a regular basis.
Security, Privacy and Reliability Concerns Analyzing IT priorities is the most important step in making a choice about an organization’s IT infrastructure. The sensitivity of an organization’s data will be the first major consideration. Public cloud solutions should never be an option for organizations that need to protect information such as financial records, trade secrets, or government secrets. While large cloud providers might have talented computer security professionals on staff, they are also bigger targets for hackers (Carson, 2013). User and employee privacy is the second major concern for staff considering cloud solutions. Those organizations covered by HIPPA regulations have a legal responsibility to protect private data and handing off this responsibility to a third-party has far reaching legal implications (Hunter, 2014). In addition, those concerned with data privacy should understand the implications of the US Patriot

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