As advanced as our technologies are, a lot of our data still is not portable, because we store it in our computers. We travel, move, small accidents happen and some of this data gets lost – precious memories, important documents and so on. And there is a solution – cloud technology, but many people simply do not trust it. Now scientists from the University of Adelaide suggest an innovative online tool to increase trustworthiness of the cloud technology.
Despite the fact that clouds provide huge data storage capabilities, computational power, lower costs for companies and individuals, simplicity of use, and flexibility of application, many people do not trust them because of variety of reason. Sometimes it is because of lack of transparency – not always it is easy to tell who the provider of the service is. Now scientists came up with a very simple solution – they developed a ranking system, called Cloud Armor, which gives different services a score out of 100. Users are allowed to rank different cloud services and creators of the program will take care of the reliability of the rankings.
Because competitors can try to lower the rank of one or another company, Cloud Armor team will have to sort through this false feedback. A computer algorithm is going to take care of that – a special crawler engine will scan all of the comments on internet about various aspects of the cloud and a unique credibility model will determine if feedback is actually fake. It is achieved through looking for exactly the same comments, which may indicate that someone is trying to ruin an image of one service.
Professor Michael Sheng, creator of the Cloud Armor, said: “We’re very proud of the work we’ve done on Cloud Armor. We’ve presented it at a number of top-tier conferences and several prestigious journals and already it’s attracting a lot of attention from the international community. I hope that through the use of a tool like this, it will help to create a culture of transparency in the cloud, and ultimately become more trustworthy to users”.
We will have to wait and see if this instrument will work. However, it is clear that the future of data storage is the cloud technology and we will have to learn to trust it.