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IGCBP: Moving to the cloud - advantages?

Biljana Glisovic shares some interesting discussion from her classroom in the IGCBP - Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme:




moving to the cloud?
by Participant A (25/03/2010 12:44)

I wonder, what do these companies, which are already investing in big “server farm”, plan to offer to the costumers in order to convince
them to
move their assets to the cloud? Will they offer more services, or
reliability, or professional management? The issues mentioned below
are very
strong ones. As far as I am concerned, I would not prefer to move to
the
cloud… Any other opinion?



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the cloud advantages
by Participant B (25/03/2010 22:40)

Participant A, just to address your question - I believe the services offered by some social networks are extremely variate and they
range from
seeing what movies are available on TV to seeing what cities your
friends
visited recently. Facebook is the largest platform for photo
sharing, but
also for gaming (surprinsingly or not) and it singles out from
different
platforms by engaging amateur developers or creating developers
from the
ranks of ordinary users. In this way, it turns into a one-stop
shop,
where you can find everything u need and be in touch with friends.
In a
decade in which time resources seem to be the most stringent
concern, a
platform that offers almost anything tends to get almost all the
private
info about one person - with a big question mark regarding privacy
protection...

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present reality
by Participant C (28/03/2010 22:49)

Cloud computing is a reality, it is one of the new assets proposed and offered. The instant society is very happy to
access any
of its own data from anywhere, anytime almost with out owning a
device or better said having a cheaper device that has only to
connect instead of hosting the data. Plus, the fact work
schemes from
remote are increasing cloud computing is the virtual zone
where any
worker can access and input data regardless of where he/she is
sitting. I do not think it is about being against or for as
much as
understanding the issues and find a right balance between
security
(heading to privacy) and broadband cheaper access in order to
allow
user to be equally active in the cloud.

Advatnagers and disadvantages
by Biljana Glisovic Milic (26/03/2010 12:10)

I have one example: Cloud for security services. *Proxy server (a proxy server is a server that acts as an intermediary for
requests
from clients seeking resources from other servers. A client
connects
to the proxy server, requesting some service, such as a file,
connection, web page, … The proxy server evaluates the request
according to its filtering rules.) In this case proxy server
will be
in those “server farms”, on side of company that offer cloud
security
services. Administrator from user side will have to configure
browsers for each computer and to negotiate rules. For example
no
facebook, no youtube, … But also in this case company can
easily get
data for each employees about their activities on the
Internet.

Re: moving to the cloud
by Participant A (26/03/2010 10:12)

I fully agree with what you said about social networking(facebook). I was refering to the fact of moving our
assets( text files or other data) from our HDD to the cloud.
These
were the data I was not willing to move to the cloud...



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