Breaking The Mold: Why IT Veterans Can’t Resist The Cloud

Breaking The Mold: Why IT Veterans Can’t Resist The Cloud

Breaking the Mold: Why IT Veterans Can’t Resist the Cloud

Like it or not, Cloud Computing has transformed the way we communicate; from online storage to social networking, server virtualization truly pushes the boundaries of what is possible in a digitized world. Yet it was only a few years ago that the cloud was merely being used as a buzzword to describe specific web services hosted on shared web space. So what has changed? Cost, for one thing and availability for another; IT decision makers who once criticized the cloud may soon have to embrace it.

The Economics of Cloud Computing

A recent report in the economist wrote that small banking firms were expected to spend nearly $180 million on cloud services to better serve their clients. That means a global market for cloud services and availability is growing rapidly to support consumer demands, as well as expectations. Small banking firms can now host PDFs, email and other important financial documents on cloud storage platforms without having to invest in costly infrastructure. From a supply and demand standpoint the price of cloud based services can only get cheaper.

Lower costs reduce IT complexity and enable organizations to scale infrastructures depending on needs. That aforementioned small banking firm need not employ an entire IT department to maintain a virtual environment. Staff members may now work remotely allowing them to make the most of company resources – favorable attributes made possible by cloud-based resources. Even still, glitter isn’t gold amongst IT veterans who cannot make it past the shortcomings of the cloud. Gartner lists 3 key challenges for cloud computing: Security, governance and privacy for starters.

Security Risks

The threat of downtime is imminent to any organization reliant on cloud-based resources, particularly because cyber-attacks can render this virtual environment unresponsive. To most skeptics, security has become the main concern. At one end, you have the physical layer – a group of servers collocated within a secure location each partitioned to handle a certain amount of traffic, both upstream and downstream. The virtual end routes traffic to and from physical servers accordingly, but the more convoluted the signal path becomes (in theory) the more room for error exists.Risk-Security

Cloud environments are increasingly susceptible to DDoS (distributed denial of service attacks) because security protocols are easily bypassed by attackers at specific points of entry. Some organizations have gone as far as to implement a security appliance within the physical layer of a data center. Others simply rely on cloud security software, of which, can still be foiled by malicious attack. But aside from these obvious security pitfalls (that often beget other technologies), CTO’s still cannot and must not deny that the cloud computing business model works – and to an extent, works rather well considering its shortcomings. In fact, cloud based services are actually driving consumer trends faster than organizations can keep up.

Two Steps Forward One Step Back

Cloud’s popularity often outgrows infrastructure simply because it is cheap and everyone wants to offer a service to one-up the competition. What happens then is that companies partition more storage – enough to keep up with demand for the next few years, only to find that they’ve exceeded capacity in just a few short months. In that regard, cloud becomes a victim of its own success forcing IT decision makers back to the drawing board. Skeptics will still argue you cannot make a cloud environment secure as in a dedicated environment. Yet at this point there is no turning back. Clients, shareholders and customers expect to have specific IT resources at their fingertips, and as everyone runs to cloud based computing platforms, traditionalists must adapt or risk falling behind the times.

From an economic standpoint, cloud will continue to level the playing field for all types of IT vendors so long as organizations realize what their true cost of ownership is. If they aren’t utilizing their infrastructure efficiently they may be losing money by not outsourcing to a cloud provider such as, for example, AWS amazon web services. Whichever solution decision makers decide to stick with, one thing’s for certain; cloud product offerings will improve and costs will come down.

This is a post written by on behalf of Colocation America, a leading provider of data center services in Los Angeles.

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.


CloudTweaks Sponsors - Find out more!


Popular

Top Viral Impact

Cloud Infographic: The Education Of Tomorrow

Cloud Infographic: The Education Of Tomorrow

Cloud Infographic: The Education Of Tomorrow  Online Education is a very exciting topic for many as it opens up many new doors and opportunities. We’ve touched on areas such as Massive Open Online Sources (MOOC) which provides tremendous levels of cloud based interconnectivity. We’ve taken a look into higher education,  the increased demand for online courses as well as…

Cloud Infographic – Big Data Survey: What Are The Trends?

Cloud Infographic – Big Data Survey: What Are The Trends?

Jaspersoft Big Data Survey Shows Rise in Commitment to Projects and Decline in Confusion Nearly 1,600 Jaspersoft Community Members Participate in Second Jaspersoft Big Data Survey San Francisco, February 4, 2014 – Jaspersoft, the Intelligence Inside applications and business processes, today shared results from its Big Data Survey. Nearly 1,600 Jaspersoft community members responded to…

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud app and analytics company, Netskope released its quarterly Cloud Report. The new report reveals that enterprise employees are using an average of 397 different cloud apps (most of which are unsanctioned), when IT estimated they have 40-50 — that’s a tenfold underestimation. Below is an infographic provided courtesy of the group at Netskope which goes into further detail.…

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts It’s no secret that Cloud Computing is more than just a buzz term as that ship has sailed off a long time ago. More and more companies are adopting the uses and benefits of cloud computing while aggressively factoring cloud services spending into their budget. Included is an excellent…

Cloud Infographic – The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic – The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic – The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery Preventing a Cloud Disaster is one thing. Recovering from a disaster is a whole other area of concern. Today’s infographic provided by CloudVelox outlines some best practices and safeguards in order to help your business make more informed decisions. About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009,…


Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

You can help continue to support our community by social sharing, sponsoring, partnering or contributing to this great educational resource.

Contact

CloudTweaks Media
Phone: 1 (212) 763-0021
contact@cloudtweaks.com

Join our newsletter