Future computing in the Cloud

2011-08-15 22:29

Cape Town - Cloud-based solutions are going to drive computer services as the internet becomes universal across multiple platforms, Google has said.

"This is where I think the benefit of cloud solutions are really going to have its major strength in that previously with desktops you'd have to install your own software, and you'd have to manage it.

"What cloud computing does is take that away and says 'We'll get the best security experts in the world working on protecting that cloud layer, taking away the security needs and hassles from the user,'" Google SA head of mobile Brett St Clair told News24.

"What we are going to see is search across all the devices - and then we'll have our display products,  which are monetisable products, and then all our different consumer facing products, but they'll work across every mechanism.

"That's what we're going to see - this kind of merge of always being on," he added.

Security

St Clair said that security would be of paramount importance because of cloud-based computer solutions and many companies have launched a range of always-on devices.

"As we move an always-on lifestyle, it's mimicking what our lifestyle is at the moment. We're always live and as we're live we face all these security risks, depending on what we're doing.

"In a kind of weird way, that's probably a good thing because that is driving innovation - it's forcing big organisations to make sure their data is secure, to make sure they're advancing their security."

He warned though, that corporate policies would need to be reviewed especially where workers moved between company networks and the web.

"When it comes to business, being within the VPN [virtual private network], or outside, exposing data not being controlled often is down to the user.

"Outside of the security layers, what do you do?"

Security companies have advised that web-based e-mail poses an intellectual property risk for corporations as data that is not within the control of network professionals may be subject to abuse.

Hassle

But Google hit back, saying that cloud-based solutions employed the best computer security experts and removed the hassle of updates from companies' core business.

"I totally understand those where Kaspersky [Antivirus] and Norton are coming from because this is their core business.

"When it's moving away from the client into the cloud how do they respond?

"I really believe Cloud computing saying 'Let's scale IT properly; let's provide this wired or wireless connection into an environment that can store, host; secure with the best in the world,'" St Clair said.


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