- What was the primary rationale for selecting cloud services?
Various cloud storage options meet various service requirements. While selecting cloud services (data storage) both technical and nontechnical attributes of the data storage system should be considered to come up with a suitable match. Technical issues include accessibility cost, reliability, manageability, risk mitigation (Arockiam & Monikandan, 2014). However, the primary rationale is:
- Cost – The cost of data storage service is related to the features and performance. In this rationale, for example, low latency storage cost the organization more than high latency cloud data storage. Without consideration of the low cost of archival storage, it would not have been a viable option for the organization for interactive applications or batch processing applications. There would have been instances where a lower rate of durability would have been worth a marginal saving in the costs of the data storage.
- Management – Regardless of the type of data storage systems organizations choose, there was some management overhead. However, while considering this as a rationale, cloud storage providers should help the organization in streamlining management where they offered the ability to define data lifecycle policies. Some cloud providers such as Amazon support lifecycle policies capable of automatically migrating data from the Amazon S3 ($0.095/GB/Month) to Amazon Glacier ($0.001/GB/Month).
- Risk Assessment – The organization also considered risk because data stored in the cloud is at risks which include power disruptions, hardware failure, and disputes with cloud vendors. Despite cloud providers’ claim of high durability, essential data should be backed up. While mitigating the risk of technical and business problems with one vendor, multiple cloud storage providers can be used.
- What benefits and what drawbacks are associated with this cloud sourcing events
- Affordability – There are costs associated with the organization’s local storage that is unavailable with cloud storage. While storing locally, the organization would first have to pay for equipment and then add the costs of having to pay the employees for its management.
- Recovery – In case the organization would have lost their hardware, they would have used cloud storage in recovering the lost data. Data storage in the cloud provided the organizations with backups of their original files. Additionally, their cloud provider provided them with searchable solutions so they could easily and quickly find the files they need.
- Accessibility – Data storage in the clouds gave the organization ability to access their files from anywhere only with an Internet connection. Additionally, with mobile applications, the organization can easily upload, download, share, and edit documents from the mobile computing device.
- Cost – At first glance, this cloud sourcing might appear to be cheaper than a certain software solution implemented and run in-house. However, there is a need for assurance that one is comparison similar things. This cloud sourcing event did not require large capital investment for infrastructure or licenses. However, data storage application did not have all features required in software that is important to the organization. The organization had to customize the cloud storage to suit their needs thus greatly adding to the cost of the cloud sourcing even (Alzahrani, Alalwan, & Sarrab, 2014).
- Security Issues – This kind of cloud sourcing event means computing through the Internet. Although it is necessary, the organization should not be using cloud computing applications involving use and storage of data that they are comfortable with on the Internet. Some of the cloud computing vendors have been promoting the idea of them having the most sophisticated data security since they would like an organization to believe that data security is a big concern. However, data storage sourcing can be accessed from anywhere on the Internet it can be compromised through hacking, careless username or password, or disgruntled employee (Alzahrani, Alalwan, & Sarrab, 2014).
- Possible Downtime – This kind of cloud sourcing event made the organization depend on the reliability of Internet connection. When the Internet goes offline, the business goes offline. If the Internet connection was to suffer outages and low speeds frequently, data storage was shown to be unsuitable for the organization.
- What were alternatives or options available to the sourcing organization other than the cloud?
While organizations love data storage in the cloud, they cannot completely ignore the drawbacks. Worst of this is that cloud storage has some serious data security (Garg, Versteeg, & Buyya, 2013). To get around these problems, there are some alternatives such as:
- External Hard Drive – This is the choice that most organizations and individuals would have to choose. An organization can assign folders on the external hard drive to their Windows libraries.
- Network-attached storage (NAS) – This refers to a device which contains several hard drives. The device is attached to the router to enable the organization to easily access their files from any computer on their local network.
- Local encryption – An organization might not be able to know with whom Google, Dropbox, and Microsoft will share their files. However, if an organization encrypts their files before uploading, they will not be shared much.
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