“Keeping Your Head in The Clouds”
By: Azariah Foxworth
North Carolina Central University Durham, NC
Within the past 10 years our societies technological advantages have been somewhat space age like, even alien like characteristics. Technologies, which ten years ago only existed in our dreams but yet, have become reality. Things like, the revolutionary iPhone and its almost seamless touch-screen tech; as well as the new advancements in our cultures most prized possession, The Internet. In this subject-based paper, I will take a closer look into a fairly new emerging technology, which is simply referred to as…Cloud Technology. The synopsis will cover, what and how cloud technology works, its history, advantages and disadvantages, and its impact on the information technology / system world.
What is Cloud Computing Technology? Cloud Computing is an Internet based OS, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like a public utility according to Wikipedia. Also Experiencing MIS textbook defines a “Cloud” as, a computing service that provides processing, data, and specific application functions over the Internet. These Clouds can be accessed via a client’s computer, Smartphone, or PDA device that is able to connect to Internet, which mimics an access portal to specific information. A good example of this would be when you access a video through YouTube, the user will not know which server is being used to locate and stream the video, but he or she will know the information request is located somewhere among the Cloud.
The idea of this massive database / server came about in the 1960’s, J.C.R. Licklider, had the initial idea for what he referred to today’s Cloud as…The Intergalactic Computer Network. Who was also responsible for enabling the development of ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) in 1969. His dream was to have everyone in the world...
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