The Pros And Cons Of Cloud Computing For Film Professionals
Cloud computing is big and here to stay. In fact it is hard to think why it took cloud computing so long to become prominent. The pros come thick and fast: convenience, low cost, a back up of your data online. But not everyone loves technology. For those waiting to join the cloud movement some questions remain. So, let’s break it down and make it easy for you because cloud computing is becoming a significant platform and you will be left behind.
The first question people usually ask is ‘What if I get hacked?’ Well, it is always possible. Even the Pentagon has been hacked. The way to get around this is to go with a good cloud-based service. Ask friends for recommendation. These services have a business obligation to protect your data and their business. They will access where the risks are and act accordingly. They will have security on their data centre.
For filmmakers piracy will always happen. Security of your content will be higher in a cloud than it is in the hands of people.
Another issue is cost. Not all filmmakers make a lot of money and incomes can go up and down. Most cloud-based services are reasonably priced, especially for what you get. Moviecloud.com is cheap and also gives you access to technology and customers. If you are just using the cloud for storage then you could probably get a good amount of storage from $10 a month. This all depends on what you want and how much data you have. Gigabytes cost money. Cloud computing has tangible benefits so any costs will be worth it.
Another frequent question is streaming. Can you stream your films from a cloud? Yes! That’s what Lovefilm and Netflicks do. You can not only stream your film but you can stream it to a laptop, iPad, Xbox or a Playstation. If you are a small company this may not be affordable initially but the technology is there.
Some people wonder where there data is being stored. The answer is complicated. You probably won’t know where your content is stored. It could be in France, Singapore or America. It shouldn’t concern or worry you. You could also get a ‘private’ cloud. This means you will be given a specific data centre.
I will be looking into pricing in a further article. If you have any questions about cloud computing and the entertainment industry then ask away.
By Catherine Balavage