Current Examples Google Docs Wikis Social Networking sites Amazon - AWS “With AWS you can requisition compute power, storage, and other services–gaining access to a suite of elastic IT infrastructure services as your business demands them. With AWS you have the flexibility to choose whichever development platform or programming model makes the most sense for the problems you’re trying to solve. You pay only for what you use, with no up-front expenses or long-term commitments, making AWS the most cost-effective way to deliver your application to your customers and clients.”
Home Use Replaces: – Most Hardware – Operating Systems – Software
Business Use Replaces: – LANs – Servers – Databases
Corporate Use Replaces: – Server – Network Storage – Firewalls – WANs – VPNs – Databases
Security Concerns Is your corporate data secure? Can they protect your trade secrets? Is your information safe from hackers? Could your information be deleted without your approval?
Privacy Concerns Who controls your data? Who can access your data? What happens if you do not pay? Can anyone see your data? What recourse do you have if your data is compromised?
Business Environment Computing as commodity? Few conglomerates control everything? ?
Advantages Pay only for what you use You do not have to install hardware You do not have to install software No computer maintenance
Disadvantages High Technological Requirements: – High speed internet connection – Reliable internet connection – Ability to pay for service consistently – Confusing pay plans
Future No computers, just terminals Universally available
Conclusion Long way to go before we have the infrastructure Viable business plan? Can we give up control? Should we?