Businesses are reaping the benefits of the cloud and vowing that it has increased flexibility and scalability and resulted in greater savings. Across businesses, the importance of cloud is slowly being realized. There are about 50 million servers in the world today and of them 60% are already virtualized. While on the one hand we are looking at thousands of cloud service providers, on the other hand, there is an emerging debate on the potential of a unified cloud service. In the unrestricted world of the Internet, is it even possible to unify anything, let alone cloud computing? Let us look at why the discussion on unified cloud emerges and what can be the pros and cons of it in the larger context.
What Makes Unified Cloud A Good Idea
The idea of unified cloud against many cloud service providers is similar to a supermarket vs. small brick-and-mortar stores. In the supermarket you will get everything under the same roof while you may have to visit several small stores to get the things of your choice. A worldwide cloud will bring uniformity such as –
- Common Interface– A uniform cloud service would have a common interface which would remain unchanged for businesses and home users.
- Uniform Quality – Similarly the quality would also remain unchanged, irrespective of the kind of user. Thus every user would have access to similar features on the cloud on uniform pricing.
- Easy Regulations – The debates on control of Internet protocols continue. A uniform cloud service would mean that regulations will become easier. Government agencies can form a standard operations protocol in such situations.
Loopholes in The Idea
A uniform cloud system has all the features of a monopoly and that is where it becomes problematic. Monopolies have only survived when there has been a huge entry barrier (mostly financial) or there is heavy government regulation. Let’s take our attention to some of the reasons why a uniform cloud system won’t work.
- Higher Prices and Lower Quality – While in a monopoly, prices can be kept low, having no competitive need, the same can rise exponentially too. However, with higher price there can be no guarantee that the quality would be good too.
- Less Scope for Custom Solutions – Business thrives on the Internet with a simple game plan – they offer customized solutions. But with no competition and thus no apparent requirement, there would be less scope for offering custom solutions in unified cloud services.
- Increased Security Threats – What happens when a cloud system crashes – it quite naturally breaks down all communications channels. With a single provider any breakdown would create havoc that would be hard to manage.
Plausibility of Unified Cloud Service
Studying the pros and cons of unified cloud service only indicate that such a system would be a complete failure. First of all, the Internet is popular only because it offers multifarious options to users -both home users and businesses. We can thus safely say that it will remain a Utopian dream that won’t see the light of the dawn soon.