Cloud Computing Is Becoming More Popular Than Ever Before

1552 WordsDec 3, 20157 Pages
With the growing of technology and people around the world using the internet more often, the cloud is becoming more popular than ever before. The United States National Institute of Standards and Technology has defined cloud computing as follows: "Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction [1]." There are many uses of the cloud but the main uses people use the cloud for is to host websites, store documents, and to stream TV shows and movies. With all this new flooding of the cloud computing network, the dependability of cloud computing systems have come into question for all cloud service providers, consumers, and brokers around the world. Fig. 1 is just one example of the growth of cloud computing of a single company. Fig. 1 shows the almost exponential growth of Amazon cloud computing services over 2006 to 2012. 1.1 Why people are moving toward using the cloud? People are moving towards cloud computing because it has many benefits for both at home use and for businesses. Some of these reasons are ease of use, saving of storage space on local hard drives, and a lower cost. 1.1.1 Personal Usage For the average person, switching to cloud computing is becoming very frequent. Cloud computing
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