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3 Great Lies of Cloud Computing

03.28.2014
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As a cloud expert, you encounter several hurdles to adoption and many misconceptions related to cloud use. Some of these obstacles are minor, and easily overcome, but others can prevent cloud implementation all together. Cloud computing is advantageous to businesses and so debunking some of the most common ‘lies’ will ensure that you can provide any doubters with concrete facts about the platform.

The following will not only dispel the three biggest lies out there about cloud computing, but also give you the tools you need to succeed in your job and take your company to the next level.

Lie #1: Cloud Computing Won’t Last

There are many people out there that simply shrug off cloud computing, calling it a fad that won’t last. However, cloud networks are used by individuals, organizations, and governments for reliable and secure data management. Cloud computing isn’t dying off at all; in fact, it’s still growing exponentially.

Gartner research has predicted that there will be over 50% of businesses that will have some type of cloud-based application by the end of 2015.  This same research firm has also predicted that cloud computing will dominate and replace personal computers by the end of 2014. The data and adoption rates of cloud computing prove that not only are cloud-based services increasing each year, but that it’s here to stay.

Lie #2: Cloud Computing Isn’t Safe

Customers and co-workers are often concerned about online security. Many believe that cloud-based computing isn’t safe and that it puts them at risk because information isn’t stored in a physical location. There have been some instances, in which services such as Instagram and Amazon were temporarily down after outages. This should not be a deterrent- outages cannot be prevented from any end. Cloud computing is actually safer than traditional methods of data storage.

The main reason why organizations that use the cloud experience outages is because they concentrate all of their data onto one cloud or location. By doing this, they have to wait longer for their services to come back up. If you take advantage of the cloud services and spread your data accordingly, it’s much easier to get back online and move on with your business.

Cloud computing provides the freedom to access and manage your data in a way that other services cannot. You can have additional security features enabled, such as data-encryption software and behavior-based management services, to ensure that  your data is always safe and accessible.

Lie #3: Cloud Computing Costs Too Much

The final lie that needs to be addressed is the idea that cloud computing is too expensive for any reasonable organization to have. When you first implement the technology, there will be some upfront costs that you need to handle, but everything becomes cheaper in the long run.

Cloud computing is an investment that you make, and it can be cheaper than managing your own internal IT development team because your tasks are all outsourced to the cloud provider. Given the fact that you can store all of your valuable data with multiple cloud networks, you’ll also have the peace of mind, knowing that your data will always be ready and accessible when you need it. That’s something that you can never put a price on.

In Conclusion

Being managing cloud services isn’t easy, but debunking some of these common myths will give you the level foundation that you need to succeed at what you need to accomplish. Don’t be held back by other people’s misconceptions any longer.

Published at DZone with permission of Omri Erel, author and DZone MVB. (source)

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Chandrashekar S... replied on Fri, 2014/03/28 - 7:41pm

Thanks and pretty thought provoking.

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