Cloud Computing: Integration and Automation

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We’ll start this Mover Edge introduction by discussing what cloud computing is in the context of information technology in general, and then explore in depth the ways in which it’s changing not just how businesses do business, but also how they think about their work.

What is Cloud Computing? 

Cloud computing can be difficult to define because it spans so many different technologies. At its core, cloud computing means storing data online so that you have access to your files from anywhere. This includes storing your files on someone else’s hardware or infrastructure instead of relying on your own devices or infrastructure. 

For this reason, people sometimes consider “cloud” a misnomer and call it “remote storage. This commercial cloud gives you the ability to access files stored in the “cloud” through your Internet browser.

 The key differentiator of cloud computing is that it’s sold on a subscription basis, not a one-time fee. In other words, you pay a monthly fee to use your files from wherever you want, whenever you want.

Cloud Computing: Integration and Automation :

1. Is cloud computing for everyone?

The answer is yes, but the cost may vary depending on what your needs are. Because cloud computing is an ongoing service, you can’t imagine in advance what resources you’ll need in the future. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not possible to have an automated setup.

2. What is Dropbox?

Dropbox is a popular cloud storage provider with approximately 2 billion users worldwide and 317 million of them being paying users with $150 per year or more. But if you’re using Dropbox and paying for it right now, there’s no need to worry because they provide a free service for up to 2 GB of external storage.

3. Is cloud computing a good investment?

Cloud computing is an investment with both positives and negatives, which means you have to weigh the pros and cons and decide for yourself. The main risks in cloud computing are: 

(1) a potential lack of resources (if you don’t pay for them), 

(2) lack of expertise, and 

(3) someone else’s malicious intent. Here’s what the pros include:

 (a) You can access data from anywhere, so it’s not restricted to your office or location;  Additionally, there are no geographic limits in terms of data storage or bandwidth rates.

(b) you can save costs and resources by using the services of a third party instead of building your own infrastructure

(c) It’s great for editing large files because it doesn’t slow down your computer.

To summarize, cloud computing provides a lot of benefits but also has some downsides as well. Because cloud computing is an investment, it’s up to you to decide whether you want to take the risk or not. In either case, having an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered automation platform can be very useful during this process because it can help you manage and protect your data in the cloud and make sure that everything is going as planned.

4. Is cloud computing vulnerable to hacking attacks?

The answer is yes. Many hackers are using a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack to gain access to cloud computing systems and it’s easy for them because they only need to locate the load balancer or API gateways that handle the requests and send a torrent of requests.

 Once those are populated with data, the perpetrator can do anything he wants with that information.

Cloud storage is vulnerable because even if you update your password, most providers will not change it across all files at once. This means that an attacker can just find one file with an old password and use it to get into your other files as well.

5. What is Amazon Web Services (AWS)?

As the most popular cloud platform provider in the world, Amazon Web Services provides a vast array of features and benefits for cloud computing users.

 These include:

(i) Rapid scalability because it uses multi-tier architecture, including cloud computing platforms as well as its own on-premises data centers. It also has a highly reliable network that runs through its own physical data centers so there are no bottlenecks from other services.

(ii) High security because Amazon has its own data centers, which are also referred to as virtual private clouds (VPCs). VPCs are isolated from the Internet and from each other and they can only be accessed with authentication.

(iii) Scalability because there is duplication of instances (i.e., virtual machines) between a granular level. With more instances, the more resources you have to use since you don’t need to share data with other instances, which is also known as dynamic scaling.

(iv) Provisioning because Amazon uses automatic provisioning of resources for internal needs, for third-party cloud providers, or for individual customers.


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