7 cloud computing myths, debunked

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No discussion about the emerging technologies that are shaping our future is complete without a mention of cloud computing. Unfortunately, too many of these discussions are filled with misinformation and fear-mongering. And while it’s always advisable to approach new technologies with a degree of healthy skepticism, this should always be backed by facts.

 Here are seven of the most common myths about cloud computing that you shouldn’t take at face value:

An On-Premises Data Centre is More Secure Than the Cloud
One of the first concerns cloud skeptics cite as the case against it is the possibility of a data breach or cyber attack. However, the overwhelming majority of professionals agree that cloud computing offers much more security than an on-premises data centre. Not only do cloud solutions come with the requisite infrastructure, but they’re also maintained by some of the finest security personnel in the world, who work for cloud service providers.

Cloud Computing is Too Expensive
The concerns surrounding the cost of cloud computing have been blown vastly out of proportion. While the cost of implementation varies from one business to another, cloud computing’s ‘pay-as-you-go’ model helps prevent unnecessary spending on infrastructure. In fact, some providers offer users their service without any up-front costs or termination fees. However, it is up to an enterprise to evaluate whether this model will be more cost-effective for their requirements, as opposed to building a data centre. 

Migration to the Cloud Will Result in Extended Downtime
There’s a reason that the old adage ‘Time is money’ is as popular as it is. Irrespective of its industry, geography, size or nature, no organisation can afford more than the bare minimum downtime. However, cloud migration doesn’t have to be synonymous with lost time and money. In fact, most popular cloud service providers offer seamless, live migration, and may only result in negligible downtime where the existing servers are extremely outdated.

My Business is Too Small for Cloud Computing
Cloud computing was once thought of as the prerogative of big companies that have massive computing power and infrastructure needs. However, a quick glance through the pros and cons of the technology shows that this isn’t the case. In fact, small and medium organisations might just find it to be more useful. Not only does cloud adoption save the cost of building a data centre, but also the human resource expenditure that comes with having to maintain it. Moreover, offerings like Google Apps for Business consolidate a multitude of services into one platform, making them easier to implement and maintain.

Cloud Computing is Only Good for Storage and Analytics
Data storage and analytics are among the cloud’s most popular uses. However, this doesn’t mean that the technology is only of use to technology and data science departments. Figures from 2011 showed that the bulk of cloud spending in the Asia Pacific region is concentrated in the functions of customer service, marketing, sales, manufacturing and human resource management. Seamless flow of accurate and up-to-date information is department-agnostic, and if leveraged in the right way, can be a game-changer for every organisation.

I Won’t Have Enough Control on the Cloud
Cloud solutions aren’t as rigid as most people assume. Between the public, private and hybrid cloud, there are a host of options that businesses can choose from when it comes to cloud migration. Each of these offers a different degree of customisation and flexibility, which companies can pick from, on the basis of their requirements and skill level.

Cloud Computing is Digital Transformation
Deploying cloud solutions can put organisations on the fast track to success in the digital age. However, it is far from the only component that is needed to make the big transition. It’s not unheard of for vendors and IT professionals to make cloud computing seem like the be-all and end-all solution to all of a business’ digital woes. This is why, senior management should have a clearly defined purpose and realistic expectations in mind before migrating to the cloud.

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