The development of the Internet age is advancing by leaps and bounds, and many new technologies are constantly entering people’s lives. Cloud computing technology is also one of them. Nowadays, more and more applications are migrating to the “cloud”, such as various “cloud disk” storage used in people’s life and work. In fact, “cloud” is not new. It has existed for a long time and is still expanding to all fields. While cloud computing brings convenience to people, it also brings many problems, which is why many people do not trust it. Restrictions on data access, data security and integrity, and imperfect legal provisions are all major concerns. However, traditional programs run slower as software continues to become more complex. While it needs to support more users, it also needs to run heavy calculations and ensure safety. The company must purchase more equipment to ensure the normal operation of the above-mentioned work. In addition, they also need to form a complete operation and maintenance team to support the normal operation of this equipment or software. Under these huge expenditures, Cloud computing technology has become particularly important. This article will analyse the cloud computing technology and study whether the benefits of this technology outweigh the disadvantages, or the disadvantages outweigh the benefits.
Since the advent of the Internet in 1960, people’s lives have undergone tremendous changes. In the beginning, the Internet was only used for military operations and large companies, and the content was simply mail delivery. Until 1990, the Internet began to enter the lives of ordinary people. The rise of major websites and the emergence of e-commerce have brought positive changes to people’s lives. In recent years, the widespread application of cloud computing is also a new innovation. All walks of life are approaching cloud computing technology, and this technology has become the focus of development in various countries (Murugesan, 2015). The most direct example is that company operations need to store a large amount of data. Product management data, personnel transfer data and financial data need to be processed through cloud computing. Our daily life is also closely related to cloud computing. In the past, shared files could only be copied via mobile hard drives. Now, cloud computing allows users to access and process information anywhere and sharing information with others is also possible at any time. In the past, if people wanted to process information, the user had to be next to the computer, but now it can be done on any terminal, and the data sharing function of online applications is much stronger than that of personal computers (Rajaraman, 2014). For example, the existence of online payment allows people to avoid the process of going to the bank to withdraw money. And even if people consume in different countries, cloud computing can directly deduct fees based on real-time exchange rates.(https://www.pexels.com/photo/bandwidth-close-up-computer-connection-1148820/)
After the Internet and computers, cloud computing can be said to be an innovation that affects the world. There is a great possibility that the future era is the era of cloud computing. Although there are many definitions of cloud computing, the concept of cloud computing is very simple in general. Cloud computing brings convenience to people’s life and work through strong adaptability and scalability (Surianarayanan, C., & Chelliah, P, 2019). It can complete complex tasks by coordinating multiple computers. Therefore, users can quickly obtain the information they need through the network and are not limited by time and place. This speed is also one of the biggest advantages of cloud computing. Compared with traditional networks, this technology, which is not limited by time and space, can affect people’s lives in many ways. This means that there is no connection between the physical terminal and the space between the application. All user operations are performed through cloud computing for data migration, expansion and backup. The efficiency of cloud computing is also one of its advantages, as if a job is divided into a thousand and then processed at the same time. The information age is developing rapidly. People have various applications in their daily lives, and each application has its own unique database (Murugesan, 2015). Therefore, users need to have powerful computing capabilities to run multiple programs at the same time, and cloud computing can just do this work. It can quickly allocate resources and data according to user needs. (https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-holding-iphone-6-near-macbook-pro-5053849/)
All the above advantages are the convenience brought by cloud computing. Many state-owned enterprises and private companies have benefited from these advantages, thus saving a lot of budget. Government operations have also become more efficient because of cloud computing. People’s daily life also benefits from cloud computing. For example, online transfers, online entertainment and high-definition live broadcasts are all products of cloud computing that promote development. However, for the public, cloud computing has brought many problems while bringing benefits. In this era when information and money are closely related, online shopping has become the mainstream of consumption. People use the Internet to conduct transactions with the help of cloud computing. In the virtual platform, merchants and consumers exchange information to complete transactions. In this process, risks also exist, and criminals can benefit from obtaining information from the transaction process through cloud computing. They can obtain benefits by selling this information, or directly through fraud. On the other hand, a large number of users store data in the cloud (Dixon, 2012). If viruses appear in the cloud, these viruses will cause the cloud-based computer to fail to work properly. At the same time, because of the rapid spread of the Internet, once a virus appears in cloud computing or computers, it will spread quickly, and the entire Internet will be affected.
Information confidentiality is the main issue of cloud computing technology. Cloud computing exists in everyone’s life, and I am no exception. I use cloud archives to save my files, chat with classmates and share files on online platforms. I personally have high requirements for the operating environment of the game. Games always require high frame rate support. Currently, many game service providers provide cloud-based games, and I benefit from this. However, I question the confidentiality of cloud computing data. It may be because I disclosed personal information while browsing the web. Some criminals may have stolen my personal information from it, and I often receive fraudulent calls and text messages. Although I will not lose any property because of this, when I know that my personal information has been stolen, I will pay special attention to the information posted on the Internet.(https://www.pexels.com/photo/internet-screen-security-protection-60504/)
In summary, the emergence of cloud computing has more advantages than disadvantages for the world. From a macro perspective, cloud computing makes the operation of governments and large enterprises more efficient, provides a new way of economic operation, and is increasingly obvious to economic growth. From a micro perspective, cloud computing provides convenience for personal work and life and reduces people’s expenses in all aspects. Although cloud computing still needs to solve the security problem of personal information, the contribution of cloud computing to society in the future cannot be underestimated.
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