I’m not worried about BYODYou should be. In a recent survey, 82% of organizations report workersusing personal devices like smartphones and tablets to access businessemail and other applications. Though businesses reap hardware savingsand increased employee satisfaction from BYOD culture, supporting itcan be expensive. Cloud enables anywhere access to a variety of deviceswithout IT having to build the supporting infrastructure.01You’ve heard them. So have we. Despite the rapid adoption of cloud computing ingovernment, business, and in our social lives, there are still many misconceptionsfloating around. Over the years, the concerns and misinformation have evolved asmore businesses have embraced cloud. Here we’ve compiled 13 false statements wecommonly hear about the cloud and wrap some truth around them.13 Cloud MythsStill Around in 2013
Cloud is a cure-allThat depends on the malady. If you’re looking for aquick fix to handle seasonal spikes, implementingcloud is an ideal solution. However, if you’re lookingfor a quick fix to correct performance issues orsecurity needs, cloud may only be one of many stepsto fix the underlying problem.Cloud providers’data centers hurtthe environmentIn reality, they’re a greener approach than millions ofbusinesses operating their own resource-heavyconfigurations on site. Between cooling, lighting, andmaintenance, enterprise data centers use about twiceas much power than needed to do the actual job.With their prime focus on operating as efficiently aspossible, cloud provider data centers are becominggreener and more efficiently run than ever.02 03We’ll lose our jobs to the cloudIn fact, the cloud isn’t stealing jobs; it’s actually creating more jobs. According to one study, by 2015, the cloud willcreate over 13 million jobs worldwide. The need for cloud-savvy IT personnel to manage cloud is set to grow. IT prosneed to sharpen their cloud skills to keep pace with the changing dynamics.0405 Cloud is just distributed computingYes, and no. Yes, cloud utilizes the same technology paradigm used in thedistributed computing model, however, cloud layers on new levels of scaleand access (APIs) that give businesses a low-cost computing avenue withmore control than was possible with simple distributed computing.
0609Cloud is more expensivethan on-premises ITThis misconception often arises from the difficultybusinesses have in calculating the true costs ofinternal IT. According to O’Reilly Media, the cloudactually saves 29% or over $40,000 compared tointernal IT.Migration is a headacheDepending on the age and condition of existingsystems, migrating to the cloud may force you to dosome house cleaning to correct architectural issues.However, partnering with an experienced providergives you the guidance you need to identify andcorrect architectural issues before they create amigration disaster.07 08Big data is not a big dealManaging the onslaught of digital data threatens to cripple storage resources of average businesses. Even moredangerous are the insights and connections your business maybe missing because of the volume of unstructureddata in the organization. Research shows that a typical Fortune 1000 company that uses data only 10% moreeffectively can generate $2 billion in added revenue. Cloud not only helps businesses store data more efficientlybut also helps to structure and organize data for insights you need to beat the competition.Cloud pricing is too complicatedNot if you know what you’re looking for and understand the technologies you need. Differing pricing modelsbetween providers can easily confuse those entering into the cloud without defined goals.
10I’m waiting...until the cloud maturesYou’d better get moving. A recent ISACA survey ofcloud users, providers, consultants, and integratorssuggests cloud computing will hit its maturity withinthe next four years. The transformation is largely drivenby IT professionals (77%) who understand the value ofcloud but struggle to get organizational buy-in.Cloud vendors forceyou into cookie cutterconfigurationsNot in the open era. For some business needs, cookiecutter configurations fit the workload and businessgoal. But for complex, cloud-scale, configurations,open platforms, like OpenStack, offer an open codebase giving businesses maximum control, flexibility,and deployment freedom to customize architecturearound business needs not packaged offerings.12 13I can build my own cloudYou can sink time, resources, and effort into building your own cloud, but is that your business focus? Probablynot. For the same reasons businesses don’t build their own power plants or cellphone towers, trusting a cloud-experienced provider to deliver IT services gives you the freedom to focus on growing your business not justkeeping the servers humming.You can put everything on the cloudSome businesses can. A restaurant locator app doesn’t have the samesecurity and compliance issues as a banking app. That banking app or othercompliance or security sensitive workloads can still benefit from cloudefficiencies with a hybrid cloud model. Hybrid computing allows businessesto move cloud-friendly workloads like file storage or media hosting to thecloud while keeping sensitive pieces like credit card data on dedicated oron-premises servers.11