Cloud Computing

Hello, and welcome to another Mass blog. Recently you may have noticed a tonal shift away from purely technical blogs talking about improvements in Archibus, to a more casual and open series of blogs about Archibus, Mass and our industry as a whole. Today’s blog continues that aim, and while I will circle back to Archibus, I wanted to talk today about cloud computing.


While I’m sure everyone reading this blog understands the basic premise of cloud computing, I’ll go over it none the less. The basic idea is that rather than having a set of servers or physical hardware on site for your business needs, instead you rent space on a server owned, run and managed by a company with a server farm. In this rented space you can run your software as you normally would without losing any functionality from not owning the hardware.


This has been building for a while now with greater integration of hardware and software on a wider scale through IOT or other means. The centralisation of massive hardware was an eventual inevitability given the wider availability of Internet connectivity and its greater reliability.


There are some great benefits of this; the first being that because you’re renting the virtual space you as a business don’t incur the costs of keeping the hardware up to date, nor the costs of keeping the environment maintained and managed.

The second advantage is again monetary based; in this case you won’t incur electricity costs to run the server architecture and the cooling systems required to ensure the servers don’t overheat.


A third advantage to the cloud computing environment is access. As the server is hosted within a remote environment to begin with, all you require to be able to work and use the hosted server is an internet connection.


The third advantage of access leads to a fourth advantage (yet another monetary one): the need for office space. As access to the system that people work on is now universal across the globe so long as you have an internet connection a person can work from home as easily as they could from an office, therefore your company no longer requires office space to be owned or run by the company.


To be honest about cloud computing, I must now outline the weaknesses of the system. The most obvious one is control. Because you no longer own the server you are at risk that the company that does own the server fails and you lose the software you’ve installed on the server space along with any work you or your Business has done. Unless you have backups running on a server system of your own (which largely negates the point of having a cloud-based server) this work and software will essentially be lost.


A second weakness is security. As you no longer own the hardware that is running the software, the security of the hardware and data access to the system is not so tightly locked down as it would be with a local server structure. When the server is siloed on your property, access to it is not easy in comparison to a cloud server- which obviously has to be accessible over the net.


As I said at the start of this blog, I will now link back to Archibus, namely by saying that as part of Archibus’s evolution, the software is now available in a cloud computing format. This means that the next time you’re looking to upgrade your system you can look into the available options and have the choice to select Cloud computing. There are- as mentioned above- advantages and disadvantages to choosing cloud computing. From a personal point of view, I think that most massive computing infrastructures are going to head this way, but that for security reasons above all else, companies will choose to retain localised siloed server centres.


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Callum Doyle 


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