By now, cloud is popular among SMBs as well as large scale enterprises. The adoption rate of cloud computing among business owners has increased remarkably, over the past decade. Businesses of every type are impacted by the wide range of benefits of cloud computing to a great extent. Well, there are significant reasons behind a trend like this. After all, cloud helps enterprises experience proper scaling and provisioning of IT resources and rapid deployment. This helps the users to integrate the available resources properly and enter the market at a rapid pace. At the same time, this new technology also enables companies to reduce wastes, lower the costs and minimize the total time required for development.
However, even though cloud computing has matured to a great extent over the past few years, there are a good deal of myths surrounding it. While there are certain myths around the methods of cost savings, security concern is also a major aspect regarding which there are several myths. No matter about which aspect the myths are, these distract the users from the real progress of the technology and also impede innovation to a significant extent. While it’s true that there are a lot of myths about almost every revolutionary technology, it’s also essential to be aware of the myths. Wondering why? Well, knowing about these myths help you check how different your perception is from the actual reality.
Here is a comprehensive list of some of the most relevant, yet dangerous myths about cloud computing, along with the actual perceptions. Taking actions based on myths will not only mislead you, but it may also cause irreparable damage to your business. Hence, know about these myths well in advance, and design the further business strategies accordingly.
Myth 1: You have to use cloud for everything
With the ongoing popularity of cloud computing, a common conception is that cloud should be used for almost everything in your business and it will always do good to your business. No matter whether the website or the application is flexible or not, you should move everything to cloud blindly.
Reality: You should understand that cloud fits best only for those applications that need flexibility. You should also consider if the business can follow a flexible work-model, i.e., it can consume and pay for only what is required, and when required most. The cloud may not prove to be equally beneficial for all the workloads, and at times, some non-cloud solutions seem to be most appropriate for certain issues.
Myth 2: Cloud is expensive
Well, for most businesses, both the SMBs and the large scale ones, it’s a common concept that opting for a cloud environment is extremely costly. Well, while it’s true that cloud costs you a little initially, it’s not equally true for every single case. In fact, the cost of cloud deployment depends a lot on the different ways in which you manage it. For instance, misunderstanding the storage costs or not using the pay as you go model may lead to additional costs.
Reality: You should keep in mind that if you can choose the correct pricing plan and understand the exact requirements of your business, cloud is never going to expensive for you. You need to make the best possible use of the total ownership cost. You also have to analyse all the models one by one and try to understand the possible implications of moving from a capex (capital expenditure) model to an opex (operating expenditure) one. You should also consider other aspects apart from the financial concerns.
Myth 3: The CEO’s opinion is the best cloud strategy
For most businesses, the concept of cloud is not very clear and they are ready to act just the way their CEO wants. Most often, they don’t have a full proof strategy to follow and by default, they are following the instructions of the head of the organization. While it’s quite normal a scenario, there is no guarantee that the CEO or the director of the company has the best and most accurate knowledge of cloud. This is why it’s not always advisable to follow whatever the CEO wants you to.
Reality: In order to reap the benefits of cloud computing, a proper cloud strategy should be designed keeping the ultimate business objectives in mind. You should also map out how the cloud strategy will help you achieve your objectives. The strategy should also help you minimize the chances of drawbacks. Remember that cloud is usually thought of as a solution. Hence, before you opt for it, you should specify the problem.
Myth 4: Customers using the same cloud server can hamper each other’s security
There are many business owners, who till date, think that a public cloud is not as secure as a traditional on premise solution. Since in an environment like this, several customers use the same network, storage and compute resources, one can attack the security of others.
Reality: However, the real scenario is quite different as it’s not so easy to trigger a cloud attack in a shared cloud environment. There are three basic types of attacks that can take place within a multi-tenant environment. It’s quite difficult to trigger an attack at the hypervisor level and there are very little evidences of this type of attacks. The probability of attacks at the management layer is usually prevented by placing the management interface on a completely separate network so that end users can’t access it. The final concern is to prevent the customers of the same provider to gain access to the similar networks. This threat is generally handled by isolating the VLAN.
Myth 5: Migrating to cloud helps you avail all the different features of cloud
Most business owners are under the impression that once they move to a cloud environment, they will get to enjoy all the unique characteristics and attributes of cloud computing. Most of the times, they are under the impression that there is just a single type of migration to cloud and while doing that, one can easily access all the features of a cloud environment.
Reality: Opting for a cloud service is not as simple as buying a car insurance, where you check several options, make the payment and get the insurance paper in hand. There are multiple layers in the entire process. You must learn the difference between opting for a wide range of cloud services and hosting a few applications in a cloud environment. In fact, there are many processes in which the user doesn’t need to buy the hardware, yet he can access the required services. Hence, you need to figure out your exact business requirements fast. Only then, it would be possible to opt for the exact service that will benefit your business most.
Myth 6: Virtualization and Private Cloud is somewhat similar
There is a common belief among most users that private cloud and virtualization is similar to a certain extent. In fact, one can implement cloud computing only through virtualization technology.
Reality: The reality is somewhat different since virtualization is one of the many technologies to enable cloud computing, and not necessarily the only one.
Conclusion – These are some of the most common misbeliefs about cloud computing that often lead business owners to take wrong decisions. Hence, it’s advisable to know the correct perceptions of cloud computing. It also helps make the best possible use of this revolutionary technology.Tags: