Types of Cloud ComputingThere are basically two types of Cloud Computing: 1) Data Storage and 2) Applications Data Storage: This is a typical situation of copying your data files “off to the cloud” to be recovered later if needed. This would also include Dropbox type options which also significantly allow for data sharing with remote users. (Assuming you can tolerate the download times to bring the data down locally). It seems everybody and his brother is offering offsite data storage. Banks, computer manufactures, and outside sources almost to many to list. There are three potential pitfalls to watch out for:
- You may not know where the servers housing your data are located. This could be a problem with regulated industries.
- Often “free space” is soon used up and charges start rising accompanied by charges to your credit card. The wise thing to do is to read the print and be aware of what you need to and are backing up.
- Data transfer can be slow. It could literally take weeks to drag your data back across the circuits if you need to bring it back.