The Politics Of Cloud Computing

The Politics Of Cloud Computing

There are many issues taken for granted by companies when they move to the cloud. Aside from various technical issues, businesses fail to recognize that they’ll have to take into consideration the cultural environment of their own company. A very common problem that all businesses will encounter is the internal politics within the organization, which will tends to slow down cloud computing adoption.

Many application programmers won’t give up control of their software programs and servers because it can hamper software performance. Aside from that, these developers will reason that they will have difficulty controlling and deploying application updates. Users will resist cloud computing implementation within the company due to fear of the unknown. The internal structure of IT departments in companies and the legacy approaches to their process management will definitely bring problems to the speedy implementation of cloud computing projects.

To remedy these issues, it is best to assemble a team composed of senior managers so that business issues can be addressed before the adoption of cloud computing. It is also best to reorganize the IT department to hasten cloud deployment. Another important factor is to provide an opportunity for users to get hands-on experience with the cloud so that various IT functions can be automated. Companies must focus on changing the management processes within their IT departments so that cloud computing can be deployed with less disruption.

Aside from internal politics, cloud computing must also be able to hurdle international politics. For people who have no experience with cloud computing, it may be difficult to understand the political and international issues hounding cloud computing today. Because it is an intangible concept, people have difficulty understanding cloud computing.

Also, there are countries whose laws prevent global cloud development. These laws will also have a negative impact on a country’s economy. Telecommunications companies are also limiting the global cloud by data filtering and throttling. It is clear that politics has affected the Internet’s scalability, information flow, Internet access availability, as well the global cloud-based economy. Some worthwhile projects such as the provision of laptops for children in remote areas will fail if there is no reliable and stable Internet connection that allows a free flow of services, applications, and information.

Cloud computing providers are facing challenges with the legal restrictions present in different countries, which adversely affect the way cloud computing is delivered globally. Some huge cloud computing vendors have developed local infrastructures that permit users to choose their country. Nevertheless, there are still various privacy and security concerns that cloud computing must hurdle.

The political issues may seem vague, because the concept of cloud computing itself is vague. Nevertheless, it is important to the flow and growth of economies. International politics in cloud computing must be fought by resolving its issues one at a time. Each state or country must promote unbiased, free Internet access and network neutrality so that global cloud computing will continue to thrive and help all economies.

By Florence de Borja


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