Cloud Computing Myths Explained: Part 1
Cloud computing services and related developments are definitely changing the way we network, collaborate, consume information and deploy applications. Businesses are now demanding more from service providers and cloud computing is more prominent across various industries. So being on cutting edge is rewarding but at the same time it has some side-effects too. Cloud is popular, it is one of the hottest topics discussed today and hence there are some myths associated with it too. Blame it to over marketing, unawareness of users or something else, recent surveys and customer feedbacks are sufficient enough to prove that there are still some myths around the usage and effects of adopting cloud. Let’s discuss these myths and how we should perceive these for our own business.
COMPLEXITY: Cloud would make my IT complex
Business managers have a feeling that Cloud would increase the complexity regarding their data storage, how users access applications and other regular processes. This thinking has no logical base actually and maybe it is a normal human tendency to resist change. Businesses especially IT managers often develop an unexplainable attachment for in-house processes and hence resistance to adopt cloud appears. Quite understandable though. Technically speaking cloud computing has different types and levels of complexities. Sometimes there are fewer changes in your applications and simple management is required as earlier. In other cases there are more changes in applications but in order to provide you more power in terms of performance and usage. So how complex your IT and regular process could become once you shift to cloud depends upon your requirements. In real world, to achieve a good balance between power and simplicity is great and you should aim for that while working on cloud migration.
COST : Cloud is just a money saving tool and Subscription services prove to be costly at the end.
Regarding cost there are two types of myths associated with cloud computing. First, cloud is considered just as a money saving tool. Second one, cloud monthly subscription fees could be costly eventually. Both are not true. Definitely cost reductions is a benefit of adopting cloud computing solutions but rating cloud just as a cost saving strategy would be not fair. Budget and finances are always at the core of businesses and hence businesses used to judge any new tool with the cost associated. So it’s not a surprise that many businesses see it as money saving tool. Well why to blame users, visit any service provider’s website or marketing brochures. Most of them talk about money savings and this is the highlighted in sales pitches too. This could be a reason why cloud is often rated like this. In actual there are several other benefits too and depending upon the need of businesses some are even more crucial than cost reduction. These other benefits could be increased productivity, scalability, access to new technologies and infrastructures and high tech operational excellence.
As you would be aware, cloud offers easy pay as you go schemes where you can have services on monthly subscription costs. Some businesses are little hesitant to these and assume that there could be hidden fees and it would cost them more. In actual cloud offer a brilliant replacement to upfront heavy infrastructures with their ongoing operational costs based on usage. This is as simple as any utility service payment.
SECURITY: Cloud is not reliable and secure
A common belief, cloud computing exposes data to more risks. May be because you can’t see it, you feel it is not secure. Also businesses have witnessed some security breaches and infamous hacks which make them doubtful about security of cloud storage. There are two points to understand here. Firstly, the security breaches and mishaps are more in consumer based products and that too are rare occasions. When B2B cloud services are concerned security is most important for a genuine cloud vendor. So in real world and dealing with reputed service providers this is not true to say that cloud is not secure and reliable. In fact as managing your IT is the core business of cloud vendors so they are better prepared for any kind of disaster and breach/hack. Their IT resources are better trained for making you data secure.
Another factor related to security is regulatory compliance. If you are a financial or medical business or any kind of data sensitive business you have, you need to discuss this with your vendor. Also you need to get relevant regulatory permissions before adopting cloud. But this is completely different from cloud security. This is related to your candidature for entering cloud and should not be mixed with cloud storage security.
In true cloud environment it is almost impossible to identify which server has which customer data and which application. So any data theft is not possible in cloud. Just because you cannot sit in the vendor’s data center, it doesn't mean that cloud is not secure.
Some risks are present online such as spywares, hackers, viruses and other issues but these are the primary concerns of companies offering cloud computing services. Thus, they implement more sophisticated security measures, and methods to address the needs and demands of businesses to secure data. The only need is to be extra careful when you are discussing security and encryption stuff with your cloud vendor.
PERFORMANCE: Cloud does not match in-house performance
Cloud performance depends upon different related factors. You want best performance and cost is not an issue, go for dedicated servers. You want to be cost efficient and performance both go for hybrid solutions rather. In actual there is no performance issue in cloud if you choose the custom solution for each application based on its nature.
In general cloud is much more efficient and performing than in-house server because of more capacity and scalability. Sometime network connections and I/O issues could be responsible for performance issues. But to which extent network latency could affect your performance depends on your network as well as cloud providers, complexity of application used and how cloud is deployed.
Part 2 Tomorrow…
By Richa Pokhriyal
This post is contributed by Richa Pokhriyal , Digital Media Specialist @ Egocentrix. Egocentrix is specialized in SaaS services like Microsoft Exchange 2010 Hosting, Online Microsoft SharePoint Hosting, Antispam Solution, BlackBerry Exchange Server Synchronization Services, Dedicated Server, Virtual Private Server (VPS), Online Backup & Data Protection, Website Hosting and many more!