Cloud computing

Cloud Computing Australia’s Queensland of Technology implemented cloud computing successfully to service over one hundred and forty four institutions in the Asia Pacific. The success of cloud computing is buoyed by the colossal saving in terms of cost standing at over 400% savings. The technology dispenses with the huge investment in infrastructure while allowing over forty three thousand students and staff all round access to their applications from any part of the world. The technology adopts the use of a network of remote servers rather than the popular personal computer technology that is now expected to face immense competition (Gillam).
The flipside of the application lies in its precarious state of security. Being accessible to a number of users and within any locality, cloud computing is highly insecure and the fear of interception, loss or unauthorized access of data exists.
A SWOT analysis reveals the advantages that cloud computing offers to institutions and businesses organizations keen in embracing convenient and fast methods of data storage and accessibility while at the same time showing the mundane flaws involved. Chief among the strengths of cloud computing is the ability to integrate a number of applications into one system and offer the user a single product able to offer various services. This could be equated to an omnibus that carries various passengers and conveniently drops each one at his destination. The technology substantially reduces the costs incurred in investment. While the technology demands that the university pay close to seven thousand dollars, the other option of self investment would cost universities about three hundred thousand dollars. Other strengths are the mobility which essentially allows access of the data from any locality and the expanded memory capacity as its RAM is larger. This boils down to the availability of more space for institutions to store their ever increasing data (Beard).
Cloud computing comes with inherent weaknesses. Ideally, any organization that decides to adopt cloud computing technology must inevitably adjust their models. A business organization for instance must adjust the business model in tandem with the cloud computing technology. This is synonymous to an overhaul and could be expensive especially for large organizations which already have established cultures. The biggest weakness in cloud computing, however, lies in the security of the technology. The technology being an amalgamation of various institutional applications in a remote server is vulnerable to interception and unauthorized access by hackers. It is also hard to fix issues since the solution applied may not favor every institution given that each has its unique problems (Blokdijik and Menken).
Cloud computing provides an array of opportunities. Industry players posit that the future is bright for cloud computing as services would be based on online software applications which are an integral component of cloud computing.
With the onset of globalization, services need to international. Cloud computing offers the world a medium of data storage, retrieval and interchange that would boost the world objective towards globalization. What the technologists must address is the security which is the biggest threat and weakness. The University of Queensland need to not only spread the use of cloud computing in learning institutions, but should as well diversity its application to suit the needs of businesses which would be the best consumers of the product. Ultimately, the world would incorporate cloud computing in its attempt to cut costs and built moribund economies (Blokdijik and Menken).

Works Cited
Beard, Halley. Cloud Computing Best Practices for Managing and Measuring Processes for On-demand Computing, Applications and Data Centers in the Cloud With Slas. New York: Lulu. com, 2008.
Blokdijik, Gerard and Ivankan Menken. Cloud Computing – The Complete Cornerstone Guide to Cloud Computing Best Practices:. New York: Emereo Pty Limited,, 2009.
Gillam, Lee. Cloud Computing: Principles, Systems and Applications. New York: Springer, 2010.