Whilst the promise of cloud computing to reduce costs, manage expansion and make the creation of new services easier is very real, were still in the early days of adoption. Organisations are still largely digesting what theyve heard, sifting through the benefits, and weighing up the fears concerning its impact.
Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute believes that the despite the hype and misinformation the cloud offers real benefits for business. Below, he puts to bed some of the common myths and misunderstandings around the cloud:
- Myth 1 – Cloud computing isnt right for everyone
How can this be true when 50% of all businesses already have some level of server virtualisation, and they already know it works? The fear felt by those that dont think it is for them actually comes from equating the cloud to a public internet service that seeks to emulate a server. As with most things in life there are different types of service and organisations should look for one that runs real IT appliances and servers, and lets them define for themselves whether its private or public.
- Myth 2 – You cant trust the cloud
This is really about the cloud provider rather than the cloud. For example, if a provider wont reveal where data is held, or whether it will stay in one location or move regions and even countries, then they clearly cant be trusted. On the other hand, if they let the customer control where the data is, how it is moved, provide an SLA and have a track record of doing it for people they can relate to, then it is more than likely to work.
- Myth 3 The cloud is a fad
Unfortunately for those who profit from the current inefficiencies of IT; the cloud is definitely not a fad. Gartner revealed only last month that cloud services spending will nearly double from $3.4 billion in 2011 to $5 billion this year alone. Weve seen too many similar shifts over the past 20 years to fail to recognise this one. As with connectivity and communication, computing will optimise in line with the way we create and consume content and services.
- Myth 4 – The cloud doesnt really change anything
This is true to some extent as the cloud doesnt change what users can do, it changes the speed at which they can do it and where it can be done from. However, the biggest change is in an organisations pocket, the time it takes to develop service, performance and availability.
- Myth 5 -Theres no future in the cloud
To understand the future we often look to the past. History says if we make things easier, reduce cost and improve performance we migrate readily. As a delivery model cloud computing will become the norm, and this is recognised by the worlds leading vendors who are focusing on optimising platforms for as a service delivery. Moreover, research from The Cloud Industry Forum this week revealed that in the last eighteen months the UK has seen a 27% increase in first time cloud users. We see in many businesses the contradictions of needing to preserve cash whilst also expanding, which throws up major challenges. The cloud eliminates that, creating an environment ripe for exploitation.