When we think about cryptographic keys, we tend to think about closely guarded secrets. Keys are the only thing that keeps the attacker away from your encrypted data. Some keys are usually treated with the appropriate level of respect. Security professionals in the payments industry, or those that have deployed a PKI, know all too well about the importance... 

Richard Moulds

Major Discrepancies In The Current Cloud Computing Setup

Major Discrepancies In The Current Cloud Computing Setup

Our perception of how to store data has changed. Hardware is diverging and consumers are constantly striving for multiple access points per user. This calls for a cloud to be set up where the same data can be edited, stored and downloaded for further use. This all sounds very smooth and straightforward, but in reality cloud computing has one teething trouble.

Beginning with the first major discrepancy, there is a lack of cross-platform integration among cloud service providers. For example, if we upload a file to Dropbox, it ends up sitting on Dropbox’s server. On the other hand, a file uploaded to GDrive is uploaded to Google’s server, and the bitter part of the story is that these servers do not talk to each other. Users are forced to painstakingly form a common link between the multiple cloud services they are using. Even though leading cloud service providers such as Microsoft claim to provide cross-platform integration, inter-cloud cooperation is a big issue in the industry.

When users are editing or combining data, dissimilar versions of the same files precipitate on different cloud platforms. This leads us to the second discrepancy of the cloud world—version control. Ironically, version control results from the previously stated lack of amalgamation of different cloud services providers. If users are confused and entangled in their cloud data, the motive for using the cloud in the first place diminishes.

Google has earned its reputation by providing users with the easiest to use search engine in the world. In contrast, searching for files in different clouds is a monotonous job. There is no universal search option for users using multiple clouds. Who would have thought that a simple search option would be so difficult to create? Inevitably, users are forced to waste time in hunting down the data they need.

Clearly, all three inconsistencies in cloud storage revolve around non-cooperation between cloud service providers. If one tries to be pragmatic, integration among multiple cloud services is easily possible, but it is more than evident that each service provider has united its resources to win a greater market share. In this battle, cloud consumers are those who are most affected, and the real essence of cloud computing is lost if integration of different resources is not allowed within the industry. Cloud giants will have to unite in an effort to provide better services to their consumers.

By Haris Smith