Where is the trend towards cloud computing?

Cloud computing as a new IT trend!

Cloud computing is a trend that has had a major impact on IT in recent years. The term "cloud computing" was first used in August 2006 by Eric Schmidt, then CEO of Google, at the Search Engine Strategies Conference in San Jose, California. He described cloud computing as the successor strategy to the client-server model, in which services are located in a cloud, the Internet. In fact, cloud computing is probably the most important trend since mainframe technology was replaced by the client-server model. The market for cloud computing is developing rapidly, as studies by various market research companies confirm.

Cloud computing as the provision of various services

Well-known e-mail services such as GMX or Google Mail offer simple examples of cloud computing. The end user has the option of accessing his e-mails from any location. The only resources he needs are a device with internet access and a browser. There is no need to install additional software. A new e-mail account is set up in next to no time and is ready for use without extensive configuration or installation.
Basically, cloud computing can be summarized as the provision of IT infrastructures (Infrastructure as a Service, IaaS), platforms for software development (Platform as a Service, PaaS) and applications (Software as a Service, SaaS) via the Internet.

Cloud computing and IT security

In addition to the consideration of all its advantages, cloud computing is criticized above all when it comes to the storage and retention of data. The stored information can be deleted or made accessible to third parties, which can cause enormous problems in the area of ​​data protection. The majority of companies are therefore very skeptical of these risks, especially when it comes to customer or company data. In addition to high fines and criminal sanctions, there is also the risk of reputational damage. There are no fundamental differences to classic IT security in cloud computing - however, the focus is on non-verifiable data storage, data distribution, availability of services and mutual influence.