Cloud computing has become increasingly popular in the world of technology today. Allowing you external servers to perform your needed tasks, and then sending them to your computer and phone, the cloud is ideal for today’s tech-savvy world. However, there is another concept rapidly gaining headway that may seek to make cloud computing obsolete in the near future.

While cloud computing seems like the perfect thing users need in today’s society, it poses a huge, unspoken risk that many are saying can be dire. If the server the cloud exists on is compromised, then the security of the cloud becomes nonexistent and can be hacked or tampered with. This is a very real threat, because in the past six years, alone, the federal government has suffered an increase of around 680% of cyber security breaches.

The proposed fix for this problem has been coined fog computing. Computer scientists at the University of Camerino have begun developing a system where the data is stored across many servers, rather than just one external server, with virtual buffers constantly relocating the data. Essentially, this means the files exist nowhere.

According to the team in charge of perfecting this concept, “Our proposal is based on this idea of a service which renders information completely immaterial in the sense that for a given period of time there is no place on earth that contains information complete in its entirety.”

This would make the data virtually untouchable to hackers and those who would wish to tamper with the information, as it is impossible to track the data down seeing as it’s constantly being shifted from one place to another.

However, this fog computing only exists as a concept and is still in development. A lot has to be done before we are able to see how much water this idea holds. Whether it presents true competition for cloud computing is yet to be fully explored.