Cloud computing is not a very new concept. It is more like LAN over WAN. Just like when you used to access your files through any PC in your college or university, now you will be able to access them from anywhere over the Internet.
Microsoft has now sped up its work on coming up with applications which would work under Microsoft Cloud Computing. These applications include Office and Exchange email. Microsoft has already put up demos of how cloud computing will work.
Going a step ahead, Brad Smith, Microsoft's top legal man has asked the US Lawmakers to make a law for cloud computing as it posses a threat to possible hack attacks from professional and wanna be hackers. There are hovering issues over privacy in cloud computing as well because a user will be sharing all his information online and will be accessible through public profiling as well. An average user might not be affected as much as the small business and enterprises this new technology aims to target.
Coming out of their usual secured LAN networks, small businesses will be vulnerable to external threats and in case companies start offering competitive prices to these small businesses, without adequate security measures, then there is bound to be trouble.
In his recent speech at Brookings Institute at Washington DC, Smith said "While the benefits of these new [cloud computing] technologies are clear - accessing data at your fingertips whenever and wherever you want - these benefits also come with challenges. The recent security breaches reported by Google last week once again make this abundantly clear." He later added to his speech; "We need a safe and open cloud - a cloud that is protected from the efforts of thieves and hackers while also serving as an open source of information to all people around the world."
In this age when everything on the Internet is open, not everyone is worried about their data. Has anyone cared to wonder that they store all their information on servers which reside in another country governed by that particular country laws. There are no stringent online privacy laws in practice in most of the countries and even if they are, there is not much advocacy on it.
Smith has urged the Lawmakers to look into it as Microsoft and other companies are determined to provide the world with cloud computing but not at the risk of being ambushed by hackers and not enough separate laws present on could computing principals.