Legal Issues on The Cloud

Along the lines of physical damage, being that you are not in possession of the servers you must rely on the vender for security. Hacking has become an evermore-increasing threat to data integrity and being that the data is hosted on the Internet it is seemingly more vulnerable. The scope of this matter has garnered more attention recently; as a result companies are offering cyber insurance,where in the event of a breach the customer would be compensated on behalf of the vendor.

Legal Issues on The Cloud

Being that you are not physically in position of the servers hosting your data where does the responsibility of your data lie? Given Google as an example, their 10-Q states “Our systems are vulnerable to damage or interruption from earthquakes, terrorist attacks, floods….. “ This is another issue that is vendor specific and it may be the case that you would lose your data, furnishing the question should you back up your back ups? However this is not necessary as many vendors uphold stringent policies to store data in multiple locations and maintain security of said locations.

Legal Issues on The Cloud

As the cloud intends to reach everyone everywhere an issue arises of the physical location of your data. This is of importance as regulation differs from region to region and depending on where you data is physically stored lies the jurisdiction. Giving rise to the question if a legal dispute arises who has jurisdiction your location or your vendors? The answer depends on you individual vendor agreement.

Cloud Computing Company

Google

A 195 billion dollar company offering many services to both end user and developers. Google made its mark on the cloud computing industry with the introduction of Google Apps, online productivity tools from email to web site creation. Furthermore Google allows developers to host and develop apps on its Engine. Google offers products to small business colleges and universities and a multitude of large corporations. With room to expand Google will continue to offer industry leading services and products that test the boundaries of technology.

Cloud Computing Company

Amazon

A 96 billion dollar company that offers a multitude of products and services. Additionally Amazon boasts a place among theoriginal innovators of the cloud and web-computing industry Amazon is a multibillion dollar company that offers both user and back end products. Many know the company for its storefront that offers new and used product at a discount to retailers. Yet Amazon’s true nature lies in its database and web storage businesses. Amazon offers a multitude of services for developers from application storage and development platforms to redundancy and load balancing services.

Cloud Computing Company

Oracle

A 164 billion dollar company that develops manufactures markets and distributes a multitude of products and services pertaining to cloud computing.Servicing more than 370,000 customers, including 100 of the Fortune 100 as well as representing a variety of sizes and industries in more than 145 countries around the globe. Known for its enterprise systems that create interconnectivity between corporate departments. Providing licensing of software over the web with SaaS. Notably Oracle recently acquired the software company Sun Microsystems expanding further into the cloud space.

Cloud Computing Company

VMware

A 44 billion dollar company that specializes in virtualization and cloud infrastructure. VMware develops software and solutions that reduce complexity of the transition of enterprises to the cloud by addressing challenges each business faces. VMware enables the preservation of existing investments and infrastructure and enables a secure and accelerated transition. The company not only targets enterprise solutions but consumer products as well, offering the fusion product suit; a scaled down product for individual users to experience virtualization

Cloud Computing Company

TERADATA

TDC is an 8.3 Billion dollar company that focuses its operations on the Data Warehousing part of the Business Data analysis spectrum. The 3 main parts are ETL, DW, and BI. Companies use this information to inform financial, marketing, and strategic decisions. Primarily serves “Global 3000” companies in the Financial Services, Comm., retail, and manuf. – Notable Clients include Verizon, Paypal, Ford, Coca-Cola, Best Buy, and Travelocity. Teradata spun off of National Cash Register in Sept 2007.

Cloud Applications and Products

Dropbox

A cloud hosted storage service. The service works on numerous devices from Mac and PC computers to mobile devices allowing for quick access and storage of files. If the amount of storage remains under 2gb the service remains free however 50gb will run 9.99 per month.

The service utilizes a shared hosting service that maintains and stores your files. The interface is much like an FTP client where the user is given the option to create folders and organize files. However, a web 2.0 feature affords the user the option to share folders and individual files with groups or individual users.