- Internet & the Web
The Shift to Cloud Infrastructure
The advent of cloud infrastructure has allowed us to find more efficient, clutter-free ways of keeping things safe and secure. We used to rely on storage devices that would take up space in our drawers and on our work desks. We then figured out how to save things on our computers, but even that proved to be a new way of creating a mess, no matter how "organized" we thought we were by creating a multitude of folders for our many files. Eventually, we would just run out of space. With all the different cloud services that many of the larger Internet-focused companies are now offering to businesses and consumers alike, we can keep things clean and streamlined, easy to access at the click and point of a mouse button. Even with our folders we keep on our hard drive, the cloud give us that extra bit of space to go that extra mile in our work.
The cloud allows us to keep our most important data in a secure place, without the hassle of having to locate the information either on our computer or in a heap of paperwork. It's all there, ready to be accessed when we need it. It also gives us the piece-of-mind that we won't lose what's valuable to us. If you travel, and you're worried about carrying your passport around, with today's habit of constantly keeping our smartphones in our pockets, we can just upload a picture of our travel documents, and if need be access it with the use of an Internet connection. Or instead of writing down directions to a fancy restaurant, we can pull it up on our way to dinner, all because of cloud technology. Even those special moments we capture, we no longer have to keep physical albums. We just upload it online, saving a ton of space and headache.The cloud gives us so many more options in keeping track of things, big and small. And this is a trend that seems to be growing as the years go on. As society continues to try to find new ways of simplifying our lives, the cloud will continue to be an important tool in doing so. Companies are able to reduce the size of their computer mainframe, and just log in and access everything they need to conduct business through the Internet.
Now that's not to say that it doesn't have it's shortcomings. Because cloud computing requires an active connection to the World Wide Web, as soon as there's a crash or a disconnection, we no longer have that access, at least until things get up and running again. This is the fear that many will probably have when they use cloud storage. "What if I can't get online when I need what I'm looking for?" That's the risk we take in trying to continually discover ways to make our lives easier. With all this technology going on, we, as a society, have become reliant on automated systems to think and act for us. This was the risk we took when we chose to adopt new and fresh methods of computing. There will always be a risk with every reward. The issue now is, does that reward outweigh the risk?
I believe the cloud will continue to grow as it has been in the past few years. It gives us a new way of storing what's important to us, without the clutter and hassle of spatial limitations. But there are definitely the downsides to relying on something that is saved in the same place as millions of other cloud users