Cloud Computing or Cloudy Computing – Are the Cost Savings Worth It?

Rayan F. Coutinho, Ph.D.Due to the bad economy, local governments and organizations are seeking tools to cut costs. One such tool is the service of cloud computing. Simply put, the goal of cloud computing is the delivery of computation, software, data access and storage services as a service over a network (e.g. internet) rather than as a product. Most commonly, the service provider delivers software applications (e.g. word processing, accounting, email) over the internet and such applications are accessed through a web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera). The client’s software and data are stored on remote servers. We believe that as with any new technology, our readers should evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of this tool and not make a decision solely based on the projected cost savings.

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