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Kenya: Does the Cloud Remember Deleted Records

12 March, 2013
 
PETER NALIKA, CIO
MARCH 12, 2013

At the Pulse 2013 conference held in Las Vegas, IBM announced that they would offer cloud services on an open source environment. IBM joined the open - source project, "OpenStack" to continue innovating in the cloud and ensure a single vendor locks up no client from using other services.

Jim Fletcher an IBM, Chief Architect-Smarter Infrastructure engineer spoke to Peter Nalika about general cloud concepts in relation to applications that run on this platform in a business environment.

Kindly describe the cloud concept:

Think of it as a platform held on the Internet where people develop applications to access information and aggregate it for various reasons. For example in business, data harnessed from Facebook and Twitter applications in the cloud may be good to gauge customers reaction towards a particular product brand.

The cloud is a delivery module used to host applications away from or within an organization's data center. It is a smart method of deployment where an organization can avoid distributing various workloads in different data centers and host them in one place.

Because of numerous authorization and paper work, today businesses might take long if they intend to put an IT application in place. Their IT department can spend days, weeks or even months just to host an application, but if they have cloud, the idea will be just to run it.

Where do records go after being deleted from the cloud?

The concept of the cloud remembering what has been deleted is the function of an application. For example on the IPhone, Apple remembers all their applications since they can access them on the Macs or IPads, and its okay for Apple to store these data even after deletion.

For a corporation that mostly uses the cloud as a service model, for instance to drive analytics on the presented data, contract agreements are set between the cloud provider and the client to use these data for specific purposes then delete them afterwards.

But as to any contract agreements, its honesty has to be as good as the people executing them.

The one thing about cloud is having the value of cost and flexibility. It's an advantage for an organization to have an application running in two days rather than a month. The cloud concept should be thought more of a service, a usage model and what transitions it brings to how organization systems engage with each other.

Fletcher is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for IBM Smarter Infrastructure, he has overall responsibility for the architecture and technical direction for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS), SmartCloud Control Desk, and Smarter Buildings.

Dr. Fletcher holds nearly 50 patents, has published over 50 articles in technical journals, and co-authored three books. He is an IBM Master Inventor and member of the IBM Academy of Technology.


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