Cloud computing: past, present & future

sprott, christopher ryan (2011) Cloud computing: past, present & future. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Today‟s environment is quickly becoming more sophisticated and although Cloud Computing is still in its infancy, it can potentially be considered as a noteworthy step which will inevitably affect future practices of computing and IT. This disruptive technology also offers potential for innovative ways of working; however this will have repercussions to the business and funding models. This study aims to examine the appropriateness of Cloud Computing from a holistic standpoint. A mixture of quantitative and qualitative research methods were employed for this study. Results identified that 34.9% of the respondents indicated that their company was currently assessing the use of Cloud Computing, while 21.7% were already using the technology. 94.3% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that keeping sensitive data secure is a key consideration for Cloud adoption.
    There is no agreed definition of the term Cloud Computing among IT professionals which may be an initial barrier to progressing discussions on the technology. Although its full impact is still unknown, Cloud Computing has impacted the digital forensic process. Security is believed to be the biggest concern when a move to the Cloud has been adopted. Some emerging issues include service reimbursements, and the prioritization for Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) to adhere to legislative framework to guide the process. It is a strong belief that the secret of creating great IT service enhancement lies in the ingredient you chose to work with which was exemplified in this study. Recommendations were provided to CSPs and the public based on the review of evidence and findings deducted from the study.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Computing
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 11:29
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:07
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/8920

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