In the not-so-distant future, several technology pundits predict that companies would not even care whether the computing slice resides across the world or domestically. As long as the service itself is deployed in an efficient and timely manner (i.e., it works smoothly with little to no problems), then there'll be no complaints about the actual, physical placement of the network. Then again, there's still a hitch to all this promise and potential: the flawed-by-design security of the cloud computing service.
The sudden growth in demand for cloud computing has a lot to do with the current economic recession. The creation of in-the-cloud utilities came about at the right place and at the right time because its main attributes—cost-efficient scalability, multi-OS compatibility, and instant application access—allowed companies to deal with the financial meltdown by maximizing their profit potential and encouraging enterprise growth.
With that said, this technology—or rather, this set of interconnected innovations—has continued to progress while employing a security-sensitive setup. More to the point, the sheer amount of data and processing involved with in-the-cloud platforms will not only be uncontrollable in the long run, it could also serve as a security and privacy hazard to the owners of the data. Ergo, even though this computing framework's methodology is perfect for today's financial climate, many people who have data protection concerns are legitimately wary of utilizing cloud computing services.
The main objective of cloud computing is to prevent the exorbitant expenses that are usually associated with acquiring or building a stable information infrastructure. Likewise, when implementing virtual computing for enterprise use, an individual or representative of a company doesn't need to buy separate processors or multiple servers in order to build his in-the-cloud business network. Many executives in the corporate world find the computing slice concept—which integrates processing power, storage, and many other necessities in computing into a virtualized environment—a very compelling idea.
When handling a cloud-based system, your security problems will inevitably and exponentially increase because of the simple fact that anything virtualized and digital can be manipulated, stolen, or destroyed at the behest of the online outlaws and data crooks of the cyber frontier. Instead of gaining direct control over the concept of "defense in depth", corporations will only attain marginal control at best once cloud computing makes the concept of the "paperless office" (or rather, the virtualized office) a reality.
At present, the IT security community is doing its best to find a viable solution to the cloud computing security conundrum. The fact of the matter is that cloud computing is far too beneficial a concept to be abandoned by companies, so they're willing to invest a lot of time, money, and effort to acknowledge security concerns communicating to and within the cloud as well as to data elements which reside within the cloud.