Cloud Myths Demystified
Despite the rapid adoption of cloud computing and the huge impact it is having on all types of businesses, misinformation and concerns unfortunately still prevail and many myths have built up around deploying and running applications in the Cloud. Here we discuss ten of the main ones and provide the real information you need to make an informed decision for your business.
Myth 1: Everything works better in the Cloud Cloud computing is a great fit for every business, no matter whether a large multi-national corporate, financial institution, online business, or single entrepreneur. The benefits of faster time to market, streamlined processes and flexible infrastructure costs are difficult to ignore. But just because the cloud is right for every business, does not mean it is right for every task that your IT infrastructure needs to perform. The public cloud might be right for some activities, private cloud for others and dedicated hosting for legacy applications; getting the right overall solution could be best achieved with a combination of two or three options. For example, if you are running an old application that was designed to run on dedicated servers, then moving it into the cloud could often be difficult. Many older Enterprise-type applications are best left on dedicated gear, or at least hybrid with cloud resources used for bursting as required.
Myth 2: Data is not as secure in the Cloud Security is vital - of that there is no doubt. A security slip could at best bring down your site and lose you valuable revenue, but at worst it could cost your entire reputation. It is not surprising therefore that security concerns are one of the forefront inhibiting factors for many businesses when considering deployment in the Cloud. However, this is also one of the biggest myths of Cloud. In reality the risks are the same as those faced by traditional IT solutions, with the main difference being that when operating in the cloud, security no longer rests on your shoulders alone but is instead a shared responsibility with your cloud hosting provider. A good provider will have multiple security measures in place from dedicated firewalls and advanced encryption to intrusion detection systems and data centre’s accredited to the highest possible PCI DSS, ISO and ISAE standards.
Myth 3: It is always cheaper to run in the Cloud It is not always cheaper to run on the cloud, but it can often be more cost efficient. If you need all your servers running 24/7/365, it’s likely you can get the same compute-power for cheaper using a dedicated server. Cloud works best for variable demands and workloads, where you have high demand at times but lower demand at others. Cloud enables you to switch servers off during these lower demand periods to limit idle infrastructure costs. In this way you can to improve cost efficiency by more closely matching your cost pattern to your revenue/demand pattern. In addition, switching to an operational expenditure model rather than a capital expenditure one may be a desirable outcome for many businesses.
Myth 4: Everything can be automated in the Cloud, so there’s no need for support Of course, the beauty of the Cloud is that everything from the infrastructure layer upwards can be automated, but this does take a significant level of expertise and understanding of the tools involved. For an app developer designing from scratch to run on the cloud, automation is easy, enabling auto scaling and self-healing with no need for human intervention at all. However, if you do not have this level of knowledge and expertise then it is likely that you will need additional support, at least for the short term. Hosting providers differ in their approach but at we believe that Fanatical Support should be a cornerstone of the service we deliver. Support to us means delivering unmatched expertise that not only gets you started but provides the technology and know- how to advance your business on a daily basis and keep you running smoothly.
Myth 5: Cloud is harmful to the environment In reality cloud computing is the green approach. On-site data centers use about twice as much power than is actually needed once cooling, lightening and maintenance are factored into the equation. In contrast hosting with a provider delivers the very latest in power efficient technology. Our servers have low voltage processors and consume less power than many other models available in the market and as Green IT Operator of the Year we are focused on operating as efficiently as possible and making sure that year on year our data centers are greener and more efficient than ever before.
Myth 6: Cloud costs jobs The hype surrounding the impact of cloud on IT resources can be easily dispelled. Indeed, instead of taking jobs it is in fact creating them, with industry predictions suggesting that by 2015 cloud computing will have created more than 13 million jobs worldwide. As with any game changing solution, the ever increasing shift into the cloud will require a host of cloud-savvy experts whose skills and knowledge will maintain and strengthen growth and development.
Myth 7: Migrating into the Cloud is more hassle than it is worth Whilst some cleansing and architectural issue management may be required, particularly if you are currently working on very old servers, migrating into the Cloud should be relatively pain free if you work in partnership with a trusted and experienced hosting provider. It can all happen very quickly and seamlessly with minimal downtime. Surely, the short-term inconvenience cannot outweigh the long-term benefits of greater efficiency, cost effectiveness and a business that it future-proofed no matter what changes the market brings.
Myth 8: Big data is not a big deal Wrong. With ever increasing amounts of digital data, business are generating and storing more information than ever before. If not taken into account this could lead to crippled and ineffective storage and systems. By discounting the impact of big data on your business you run the risk of missing out on valuable insights and connections simply because of unstructured data. Doesn’t let belief in this myth damage your business? By moving into the cloud you will achieve far greater storage efficiency and a structured and organized approach to data management that will help you achieve and sustain competitive advantage.
Myth 9: Cloud technology is still in its infancy If you believe in this myth then it’s time you think again. A recent ISACA study revealed that cloud computing is fast approaching maturity. Within the next four years you can expect to see constant innovation at an ever increasing pace and continued refinement which will ensure cloud computing meets the needs of every size and type of business. Those that harness the cloud now will be those that that reap the long term rewards.
Myth 10: Bring Your own Device is not a big concern Fuelled by the increasing reliance we all have on our personal devices and the ever present need to make efficiency savings, a growing number of employers are implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies. Allowing employees to connect personal mobile devices such as smart phones, laptops, tablets or phablets to the corporate wireless network offers many potential benefits including reduction of IT spend, increased job satisfaction and improved productivity. However, the myth still exists that buying into the BYOD culture comes with a hefty price tag. Not so if you migrate into the cloud. The cloud enables access anywhere, anytime on any device without the need to build the infrastructure to support it.