The Ethical Implications of Cloud Computing on Society
Topics: Cloud computing / Pages: 8 (1740 words) / Published: May 10th, 2014

Barry Young
Individual Research Paper:
The Ethical Implications of Cloud Computing on Society

MGMT 505
Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Policy
Spring 2013
Niki A. den Nieuwenboer

Cloud Computing is a popular term for “enabling on-demand network access to a shared pool of computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction” (Brian, 2012). The concept of Cloud
Computing was first developed in the 1960’s by scientists who envisioned a world in which computation would be generated in a global network, and delivered as a public utility (Cantu, 2011). It was not until 1997 that the term was used in a presentation by
Professor Ramnath Chellappa (Cantu, 2011), and in the same year Microsoft and Intel presented the NetPC concept (Zhou, 2009). Cloud Computing has picked up adoption since then, and between 2010 and 2011, the worldwide market for cloud services has grown by 21% (Gartner, 2012). It is predicted that the compound annual growth rate of
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) will grow annually by
42% and 26% respectively, through 2016 (Gartner, 2012).

With this growth in Cloud Computing, there is a need to analyze the ethical nature of this shift in technology, and in particular to look at the motivations and decisions of the corporations who are delivering these cloud services. In this paper, I will discuss the business strategies and how these relate to corporate responsibility, the environmental impact of moving infrastructure to highly efficient data centers, and the global impact on society that this technology brings.

Advantages of Cloud Computing for Businesses and Society
Cloud Computing offers many advantages for businesses and society worldwide. Small and large businesses alike are able to reduce their overhead costs by outsourcing their IT

infrastructure, which leads to a more efficient, scalable, and

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