10 myths of cloud computing debunked

cloud computingGuest blog by Nick John
Managing Director, FCP Internet Limited

There is a lot of hype surrounding the cloud and its delivery of software, storage and infrastructure over the Internet, but many businesses still view the technology as being too disruptive to implement.

And yet, by taking the time to understand this advanced technology, we can begin to learn that the benefits usually outweigh the negatives, and that the myths are most often grounded in fiction. For that reason, we are going to debunk 10 of those myths.

Myth #1: It’s not secure. The cloud allows for your data to be remotely accessible, and so not in one specific location (such as a PC) where it can be stolen. The standard service-level agreement that should be in place is integral to finding the right security level for your business.

Myth #2: You have no idea what it is. Have you heard of Microsoft Office 365 or Dropbox? How about LinkedIn or Facebook? Oh, you have — then you are probably already using cloud computing facilities!

Myth #3: It makes no sense to me. You can choose a system which works within your limits. Management can be simplified, and there is often little to no change in how your business operates. Remember: by outlining your needs at the beginning of the process, you can get the system that is right for you and which offers a good balance.

Myth #4: It’s all about saving money. Not really. Although, of course, money is a factor, there are other benefits which make just as much business sense, such as scalability, reliability and remote access.

Myth #5: My critical applications will be gone. Not if you outline your critical applications in the early stages of your move and work with your supplier to create a system that allows for transition according to your business needs. Only then can you be safe to take these applications with you on your “next step.”

Myth #6: The public cloud is the better option. With the public model, you pay for what you use, but this may not be such a great idea if your need for certain resources increases. A private cloud may be more cost-effective or make better business sense for your business, but it depends on your fundamental requirements.

Myth #7: I should first go for virtualization. Though this can improve how existing resources are used, this may be a waste of time if you are just going to move to the cloud in the end. Change can be difficult for any organization, but if you understand the benefits, then you can move forward now.

Myth #8: Security is standard. Not all businesses are going to require the same levels of security, so you need to know what guidelines affect your company and how these can impact you moving forward. By defining your security needs and undertaking a comprehensive analysis of potential risks, you can get the security architecture that fits your needs.

Myth #9: No downtime. Technology hasn’t got quite this far yet. There is still the possibility of downtime, no matter what your supplier says, which is why a service-level agreement is so important. Pick an SLA that makes most sense to your business needs.

Myth #10: It lowers productivity. Not really, because business owners of varying sizes will now have access to greater storage facilities and remote access. Also, in most cases, performance is improved because of the increased availability of scalability and capacity.

Has your business made the move to the cloud? Have you had any misconceptions cleared up recently? Tell us about them in the comments.

Nick John from FCP Internet Limited provides recruitment companies with Evolve – the SaaS solution to an intuitive and adaptable workflow.

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