Linux Operating System and Cloud Computing
Linux Operating system is still a freely distributed system software. Yet the rate of its adoption by desktop users as compared to Windows and other operating systems is low. There are many underlying reasons for the slow pace of installation of Linux by desktop computer owners. It lacks a journalized file system and a strong Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) support. Additionally, Linux has an undeveloped vendor support model, devoid of third-party application providers (Novak and Shipley 48-64).
However, majority of clients who use Linux do not see it as appealing. The reasons for the rise in use of Linux is that it is compatible with Apple Talk, IPv4, IPv6, IPSec, USB, along with other wireless protocols. Moreover, Linux operating system is rich with provisions for dozens of programming languages such as C and C++. As if that is not enough, it is supportive of over 20 file systems, ranging from SMP, clustering and advanced routing, to Quality of Service (QOS) and kernel-level firewalling (Novak and Shipley 48-64).
Departing from Linux, Cloud computing entails conveying a one’s computing tasks away from his/her computer, to a group of computers, which signal back the outcomes of the assigned tasks. With the advent of cloud computing, individuals and corporations, both large and small, have reduced their operational expenditures involving purchase of soft wares. They have also minimized their costs involved in buying memory devices for storing their large amounts of data, since a bank of computers at unknown locations will do that for them. Surprisingly, the only cost they incur is the time spent in accessing those server computers online (Gozzi 119-20).
But cloud computing has its demerits. They can be prone to theft and information leaks to unwanted persons. An organization holding a top secret runs the risk of information leakage to a third party if the datacenters are raided or accessed by unwanted people (Fallows 101-114). In a like manner, loss of data may await those firms, should terrorists and assailants burn up such data centers. Finally, critics have termed datacenters as “huge energy hogs”. A recent economic feasibility study on the amount of electrical energy required to sustain a datacenter in to be that was to be built in Oregon revealed that it will guzzle as much energy as the entire city of Tacoma, situated in Washington (Gozzi 119-20).
While we appreciate the fun and efficiencies that have emerged with the surfacing of cloud computing, we must not be highly so engrossed in it as to forget its dangers. Thus there lies some dangers in fully depending upon cloud computing as many individuals and organizations are in the habit of doing.
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Gozzi. “The Metaphor of Cloud Computing”. ECT (2002): 119-120. 5 Oct. 2012 <http://www.
Novak, Shipley. “The Linux Challenge.” Network Computing 11(2002) 48-64. 5 Oct 2012