Most Common Cloud Computing Misconceptions
In 2015, IT infrastructure expenditure done on cloud related technologies by business was more than 33%. In 2016, IDC predicts the same to hit up to as much as 37%. American research and advisory firm Gartner has also stated that the cloud is bound to grow in leaps and bounds and the cloud based services spending is expected to reach $250 billion by 2017.
Many organisations today are baffled by the idea of choosing cloud service platforms over their respective traditional approach, as there are a lot of myths and misconceptions spread around cloud computing. This blog article is intended to make readers understand some common cloud computing myths which have no standing in modern times where cloud related technologies are moving ahead with strong foothold.
Do read each point carefully and provide your important feedback on the same:
Many enterprises share this misconception that cloud computing is not safe at all. Believers of this myth think that it is better to handle your own hardware in place of cloud servers. In reality it is not true at all. There are a lot of organisations whose integral IT department is not able to provide data security and other technology enhanced features/facilities as compared to the cloud service platform providers. These cloud service providers ensure the security of cloud systems with expert handling and performing regular checks. They are fully loaded to create defence against hacking as well as remove any chances of intrusion by all means. Similar set-up and expertise is sometimes rendered by managed services provider.
Opposed to the myth, cloud provides much superior security as is evident by some services like Gmail and office 365 that are maintained by companies like Google and Microsoft. By taking up such services, small enterprises do not require monitoring of new security patches. It just provides them smooth, uninterrupted and secure cloud environment.
2. Cloud is Error-free
There are several advantages of using cloud for business but with many benefits we cannot negate the fact that it is not perfect or infallible. It is seen too often that cloud service providers will put in place multiple levels of redundancies so as to make sure that data is backed-up. While doing so, even the best engineers can commit errors. A single mistake’s effect gets compounded owing to complex nature of cloud environment. Even big players like Googles has been affected by such happenings. However, cloud technology advancements have led to more back-up options which allows backups to systems, storage devices and even to some other cloud locations in certain cases.
3. Cloud Computing is only a Fad
Many people buy this myth as it is easy to for someone to think that way without getting into actual story. Cloud computing is no longer a fashion, it has become the need of the hour. How many of you use Gmail, Amazon, iTunes, online banking and so on? The answer is obvious ‘yes’- we all use these applications on a daily basis. This simply indicates our dependency on cloud platforms. The years ahead are bound to make cloud essential for our daily tasks, personal or professional.
4. Only End-Users rely on Cloud Computing
This one is a big misconception that predominately small businesses are meant to be on cloud. Just like consumers the enterprises too rely on cloud. For example, a long list of companies use Salesforce to monitor their sales as well as marketing data. In addition, more than 85% of Fortune 500 companies collaborated for confidential project to store their data on the cloud. For the service providers, maintaining privacy and protection of clients’ data is of utmost priority.
5. It is Riskier when compared to Traditional Infrastructure
In the age of super-connectivity nothing is foolproof but even then cloud increases risk protection and management of important business data. It is true that companies like Pinterest, HootSuite and Quora has undergone downtime due to AWS outage and there have been many cases like that in the past. Still, cloud is more reliable than other hosted offerings. Businesses that set-up traditional infrastructure at one location experience longer downtime in the time of crisis. Risks associated with cloud is comparatively very less.
6. Making a Switch to Cloud is Too Expensive
There is no denying that switching to the cloud will initially burden you with upfront costs but it is an investment that an enterprise makes to gain long-term benefits. Companies that made the switch a few years ago are now able to realize the benefits of cloud computing. It has helped them to reduce the costs related to IT management as these tasks automatically get assigned to the cloud provider
7. Enterprises are Still Experimenting with Cloud
Long gone are the days when companies were testing cloud to render their services to end users. Today, they are spending a lot of money on reaping the benefits of cloud technology. As much as 58% of businesses are spending more than 10% of their yearly IT budgets on cloud services. The same is also indicated by the recent IDC predictions
8. Cloud only Suffices for Technology Needs
Cloud has become multifaceted nowadays. Recently, Microsoft unveiled a book named ‘A Cloud for Global Good’ — highlighting usefulness of cloud in present and future era. Also, cloud computing is not only restricted for data centers it has over grown and captured all facets of life. More than 56% of businesses take cloud as a strategic business difference creator that helps in achieving operational excellence. In addition to that companies utilising cloud technology are able to move ahead with accelerated innovation.
9. IT will lose control over the organization’s technology
It isn’t a surprise for me to see even techies having this belief that by using cloud computing IT department loses its control over enterprise’s technology. This has to be the most common misconception relating to cloud. In reality, it helps business IT teams to manage, access and closely monitor business applications even though being hosted on cloud. Again, an added advantage to enterprise IT department is that by using cloud technology they are able to gain a better control due to centralisation of data and they are also able to make it accessible to several users in across locations. Having more control over data simply means that you have better control over entire business.
Although it is a fact that a third-party cloud service provider might have knowledge about enterprise servers, storage appliances and networking systems but still all application are in control of your company’s core IT team members which enables them to put their focus onto initiatives that demand strategic thinking.
10. Cloud vendors are not Reliable
Reliability of cloud vendors is related to the kind of professionalism they behold. Like any other industry, even cloud computing market is plagued by bad practices. Therefore, any enterprise which is looking to make a switch to cloud platform must perform background check of any cloud or data center provider before signing off the contract. Moreover, internal teams must be directed to not access websites that are not safe to work upon.
11. Stormy Weather Affects Cloud :D
Though it is true that outages sometimes happen and may cause disruption and downtime but still cloud in IT is very different from the real clouds. Even now some people are not so tech savvy take cloud of tech for the real cloud. They will even tell you that they haven’t used cloud in their life whereas the fact is that while using social networking, banking applications or say email they are actually dependent upon cloud environments.
I am sure that after reading the common misconceptions that relate to cloud computing you will now be able to separate the myth from reality. Let me know your views via comments.
Originally published at globaltechtrends.wordpress.com on October 19, 2016.