New Benefits, New Risks
Cloud computing is increasingly becoming an appealing method of obtaining computing services, as it offers both dramatically lower costs and scalability, which in turn are the result of features that are inherently double-edged. Among the realities that customers-users of cloud computing must reconcile are:
- Their data, applications and infrastructure are stored and managed by others in remote locations
- Their proprietary data can be stored with the data of other tenants (some of whom may even be competitors) on shared infrastructure (at least in the
- Access and use is through the Internet, and hence, depends on its bandwidth and availability
- Hosting facilities are often sited in low-cost locations with cheap power
- Cloud computing providers often subcontract and outsource the provisioning of their services to unknown third parties in unknown locations
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