Cloud computing and Developing Countries
Posted by Birodh on February 23, 2010
If you are very new to cloud computing plz download and read this article.
If you are uninformed about the commercial progress of cloud please first go through my first article.
While taking about cloud computing there comes three parties, the cloud service provider, the Developer and the Cloud User. As, the cloud culture is developing the big share of service providers go to the same old big IT companies like Microsoft, Google, IBM etc. Individuals can be benefited by working as a developer in cloud environment. The client will definitely get the better service because the service provider will have a gigantic data center with various layer of service platform. There will be no room for the local IT venders of developing countries.
In terms of service category the service user can get IT infrastructure services like storage, servers etc, also they can get the platform to develop application in more efficient way and the outer layer consists of application layer in which the user will get the application service like email service of general application software.
Another thing is as an individual every organization can get better, efficient and cheaper service as per their requirement. This shows that they can scale up or down their service like storage, software or the operating system. This can provide a cheaper and easy solution. There won’t be a tedious job in between service user and call centers to add storage or to add more services. Cloud application will provide more easy to use tool and all-in-one solution for the service user.
But the main challenge in this point is ultimately all the data will be locked to the cloud provider. Even the government agency can get better and easy solution on cloud. So they may jump to the cloud. Then how will be the condition of local software developer and IT vendors.
It is supposed that if everything will go into cloud then IT will be like general utility services like electricity service, telephone service or water supply service. Just connect a cable and use the service. The end user never owns any of the IT infrastructures. They just use the services provided by the cloud vendors. This means that the service user is logically locked because it will be very difficult to leave or change a service provider because the service provider has everything of that service user.
If everything can be done in cheaper way then why to worry? This is the big question for the developing countries. The cloud leader are defending that cloud will be a boon for developing world as they could not afford more money for the infrastructure. So the interpret that all the user of developing countries will get more benefit from could because there is no need of purchasing of device or product. Cloud is all about the use of service.
But in this regard, I think the biggest challenge is the ownership. Who owns the product? Who owns the data? These all things will definitely compel to embrace the same service provider. No developing countries cloud providers can be sustained competing with the usual bigwig in IT. All the service provider are emphasizing on the better quality and cheaper service. But one is talking about the impact on the ownership and the impact in the local IT industry. The process will be reengineered to make the efficient, better quality service but there is clear picture of convergence of ownership of IT infrastructure to only big companies. What the Big companies CEO and other official tell about Cloud computing and developing countries, please click here.
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