Thursday, 26 June 2014
Cloud Computing MYTHS!
Whenever a new technology gains momentum, it is filled with anticipation as well as apprehensions. This has also happened with cloud computing.
The First myth surrounding cloud is that Cloud is not secure. Whenever an organization thinks of moving to a public cloud model, they always end up worrying about data theft. Not knowing the location of the service provider data centre or where the data actually resides is usually a concern with IT managers. This can however be mitigated by asking your service provider about the location of the data centre and the security policies and processes that they follow. Ask your service provider about security controls at the hardware and software level, skills and expertise of the security team, security updates and controls and compliance with security regulations.
The Second myth is that cloud is a one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, there is a wide range of cloud services available in the market and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. There are different cloud models – Software-as-a-service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). In terms of deployment models, there is Public Cloud, Private Cloud and Hybrid Cloud. The right cloud model depends on a number of factors – the size of business, nature of application, etc. Your cloud service provider would be able to guide you on the right model based on your specific requirements.
Lastly, another myth is that cloud computing is only about lowering costs. Sure, the adoption of cloud lets your organization save money both operational and capital costs. However, as organizations get more focused on how to grow their business, there are other strategic benefits of cloud that should not be overlooked. Some of these include: speedy deployment, agility and faster time to market and quick adaptability to changing business needs.
In summary, myths about cloud technology do exist. However, informed choices can be made to gain maximum benefits.