Cloud technology is the idea of mobilizing the data to multiple devices while storing the physical information on a server not located on the premises. In this day and age, it is vital to have accessible knowledge for the entirety of the operation.
In my current occupation, I use a cloud system during our fair season when I have multiple competitions happening around the fairgrounds at various times. Using iPads that are distributed daily with our software downloaded to each one, the judges and scribes can assign placings, check in and disqualify exhibitors from the device. Once the show is complete, my team and I gather the iPads which are then synced to the cloud and allows all programs to be updated with the results. To ensure accuracy, we print these results and have them reviewed and signed by the judges of the respective shows. Cloud technology has made this process accessible throughout the grounds without having to input each placing by hand saving hours of time.
Cloud technology does not have to be industry specific. Most people use a cloud to store personal information, saving space on their mobile device. Apple and Google both have free cloud storage for users who may want their device to work at a faster speed or only access the information when necessary via pulling the data from the cloud. As a photographer, I use the cloud to share images from photo sessions to clients for minimal pixel loss and give clients the ability to download their photos from any device at any time.
Although this technology is extremely helpful for accessibility, there are many concerns regarding cloud storage. Some of the most common include ownership of the data being placed on the cloud, permanent removal of personal information, and data selling.
According to multiple blogs online, the data that you create and store on the cloud is initially owned by you and/or your company. However, the cloud source that you upload this data to, has the ability to control it. Raspal Chima from Blueberry Consultants explains that the only way to secure your information is thoroughly reading the terms and conditions of the cloud service. Another way to ensure confidentiality is encryption on the files uploaded to the cloud as this can stop other users from manipulating this data for their own uses.
How do you use a cloud in your daily life? What safety precautions do you use to ensure the confidentiality of your information on the cloud? Have you ever considered the cloud as a source for data and not just storage?