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Is Cloud Computing a Blessing From the Clouds?

Cloud computing is a scalable service provided by distant vendor servers over the internet

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Cloud computing is a kind of scalable service provided by distant vendor servers over the internet.

The data storage and management tasks are assigned to a set of infrastructure, platform or software over a network or "cloud". This type of computing certainly comes with inherent flaws such as a danger of becoming too vendor dependant , a shrinking on-site IT department, questionable security and reliability issues etc. 

Also cloud computing requires a lot of investment which has led many detractors to suggest that this type of computing service would lead to an unfair monopoly of the big players in the business. But cloud computing is still in a stage of technological infancy, so it is only a matter of time before these concerns are ironed out.

Cloud Computing provides datacenters with immense potential to save on energy, infrastructure and staffing issues.

The advantages are numerous. Smaller scale datacenters can benefit from access to sophisticated super computers leading to increased competitiveness in the market. More moneyed ventures who have the means to invest in new infrastructure, on the other hand can offer their services to others increasing their potential and diversifying their line.

Computational power and storage borrowed from a third party decreases the load in your data center thereby leading to less energy consumption on the home front. Also you pay for what you use and use resources on a need to basis. Services on the host side, run on shared infrastructure at high utilization as not all users will be accessing service at the same time. Therefore there is less computer idling and a lot more of energy saving. While some argue that cloud computing just shifts the energy consumption from the data centers to the hosts' side , even with all the additional overhead costs and single computer power usage , there is considerable decrease in net power as you take other systems offline and pay a whole lot less for cooling.

When we add virtualization and alternative energy sources like solar power to the midst, we really mean green business! Green rack systems provides a high tech solar powered co-location facility as an optional service for our clients. Those intent on keeping things in house but would also like to cut down on energy bills, should consider professional third party services like ours for secondary and non-critical applications while retaining main frame operations close to home. Cloud computing is also a great way to go for startups that cannot afford to maintain a professional standard data center.

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Lavenya Dilip was responsible for Marketing at Green Rack Systems.