When someone talks about cloud computing, they talk about the usefulness of cloud in terms of operational efficiency and cost savings. In fact, cloud is much more. Cloud changes the way organizations do business by taking away the large inhouse servers and complicated on-premise ERP systems and replacing them with an agile, easy to use system. When Cloud first came into foray at the beginning of the century, there was much excitement but not much adoption. Companies were reluctant on the cost of deployment, cultural shift when it comes to working in cloud and benefits which weren't proven. Nevertheless, with time, companies started embracing Cloud with open arms. An Itelligence report estimates that around 80 percent of all organizations will deploy cloud-based data system by 2025. In addition, the more and more companies will opt for multi-cloud strategic services and cloud expenditure of organizations will jump to 70% by 2020.
In spite of its wide adoption and proven benefits, Cloud continues to be stained with stigmas which we would endeavour to debunk here:
Myth#1: There are safety issues in Cloud
Security is the number one priority for any cloud provider or cloud system integrator (SI). Multiple security features like Threat Detection system, high end encryption against phishing, firewalls to block viruses and malwares are offered as integral feature in Cloud.
Myth#2: Cloud traps the company’s data
It isn't true. No cloud service provider can store the company’s data. It is against the policies and cloud companies are wary of the repercussions. In addition, there are several tools and applications such as Snowball in AWS which ensure that data migration to public clouds remain secure and streamlined.
Myth#3: You do not need to manage cloud anymore
Cloud service providers provide tools and base security features and provide necessary pre-built features for infrastructure for operability, availability and load balancing. However, it is the company's responsibility to manage the cloud. For e.g. If a new application needs to be installed then it is the company's responsibility to enforce it via the cloud management dashboard. Companies also need to monitor the hardware and software layer themselves.
Myth#4: Cloud is not for mission critical use
There are many successful organizations today who were born in clouds and they run all their essential and critical workloads in the Cloud. In fact, Early adopters of cloud progressed from generic and simple use cases into complex application development and testing. The progression has been promising and today, Cloud has proven its capability in handling any workload of any complexity or capacity.
Myth#5 Private Cloud is same as virtualization
Private cloud is popular with companies whose priority is privacy and security. They do not want to share datacentres and are strongly concerned about loss and breach of data. Virtualization on the other hand is the most popular technology concerned with enabling cloud computing. There is widespread confusion in the cloud computing about the two being the same. In fact, virtualization is not Cloud computing it is just a stepping stone for enabling cloud computing which requires more components to work together to provide scalability, elasticity, agility and other features .
Since its inception, Cloud has evolved both in terms of features as well as adoption. It has changed the way companies run IT and companies should take this cloud journey with confidence to unearth its full potential. ISSQUARED cloud services are designed to meet the requirements of diverse enterprise applications including sensitive and critical applications of the business. Contact us today to start your cloud journey.