What We Get Wrong When We Talk About the Cloud

Cloud computing has given way to a mountain of innovation within the last few years. With all the talk surrounding the technology it can be hard to keep all the facts straight. With cloud becoming more prevalent in the workplace, It’s understandable that organizations may have their own concerns around the technology. To put some of these fears to rest, we’ve made a list of some of the most prevalent half-truths, lies, and rumors surrounding cloud.

Hybrid Cloud Requires Sacrificing Security and Governance

Security is always at the forefront of any IT specialist’s mind. It’s been a long held belief that cloud computing erodes a company’s control over their information – leading to decreased security and governance. However, that’s often not the case. In fact, many argue that using a hybrid cloud presents a solution that offer the best balance between the benefits of hybrid cloud technology and the control and security of on-prem.

It’s Cheaper!

While it may not always cheaper to run in the cloud, it’s often more cost-efficient. Cloud typically works best for changing demands and workloads. Using the cloud allows users to switch servers off during times of lower demand and improve cost efficiency by matching cost pattern to revenue/demand pattern.

Cloud Automation Removes the Need for Support

One of the primary allures of the cloud is its automation features. However, this requires a significant amount of understanding of the technology and tools involved. Developing an application from the ground up and running it in the cloud allows for easier automation. On the other hand, without that knowledge, you’ll probably need to employ additional support.

Cloud Migration Is a Hassle

While it may be true that migration to the cloud isn’t necessarily easy, it’s not as hard as some may lead you to believe. Even though cloud Migration may require some cleansing and architecture revisions, the process should be fairly painless. By using a trusted hosting provider, the whole process can happen seamlessly with little downtime.

The Cloud Isn’t Green

This idea has been perpetuated by a number of Greenpeace campaigns that posits that the information industry is sharply at odds with environmental responsibility. While data centers require massive amounts of energy, cloud migration actually saves energy in the long run and cuts down on pollution. In a recent study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Northwestern University, it was found that if a company moved their email, spreadsheets, and customer management to the cloud, their environmental footprint would be decreased by 87%.

The Cloud is a Fad

Last but most importantly, it’s important for companies to understand that cloud technology isn’t just a passing trend. The technology itself has been around for years and is experiencing high adoption rates and investment.