From increased efficiency and cost savings to workload scalability and speed, cloud computing is becoming a business imperative and the de facto computing method for companies of all shapes and sizes. In fact, Comptia's latest Trends in Cloud Computing report reveals that 90 percent of companies currently leverage cloud computing in some way, while IDC estimates total spending on cloud IT infrastructure alone to increase more than 18% in 2017 to reach $44.2 billion.
Despite this growth, however, several cloud myths and objections have taken firm root among the IT community, which may explain why that final 10 percent has yet to make the move to the cloud.
In this two-part blog series, we’ll put to rest some of the most persistent and unfounded cloud computing concerns and myths.
Moving to the public cloud is only about the total cost of ownership.
While lowering the total cost of ownership and reducing expenses associated with owning and maintaining on-premises infrastructure is a definite advantage, public cloud computing can offer your business so much more, accelerating business transformation through agility, innovation, scalability and faster time-to-market.
It’s also important to understand, however, that while IT resource consumption is flexible in a public cloud environment, the contract underlying those services may not be as flexible. Thankfully, cloud management and automation can help minimize public cloud costs, allowing you to track and control spend.
You cannot directly control your data in the cloud.
Many assume that data hosted off-premises is more vulnerable. Consider, however, how many people in-house are currently in charge of monitoring your data. On the flip side, cloud computing offers a team of experts depicted to protecting your data, along with infrastructure that provides redundancy, backup and recovery services to protect your data continuously.
While your IT organization is responsible for choosing, configuring, integrating and monitoring cloud services, as well as moving applications and data to the cloud, that move subsequently helps make IT more agile and responsive in delivering the applications and capabilities required by its internal customers.
Converting to the cloud can actually be expensive.
Concerned with the cost of adopting cloud-based applications, many businesses start with an incremental approach. For example, they’ll first offload applications such as email, word processing, or data storage on a trial basis before committing larger, more business-critical applications to a new platform.
Organizations that take this approach via public cloud often see such an impact on the bottom line and productivity that they don’t even consider a public cloud provider. But by leveraging a cloud management platform, organizations can keep public cloud expenses in check, while automation can further reduce cloud costs by configuring a power schedule for non-production instances, decommissioning instances when they’re no longer needed, and matching the instance type to the workload.
It’s impossible to achieve public cloud security and compliance.
Public cloud computing has a bad rap for being less secure, but the reality is that most security breaches involve on-premises data center environments. Cloud computing does not introduce any new or unforeseen vulnerabilities and, in fact, can provide a unified platform for conducting and verifying compliance audits.
Major public cloud providers have considerable budgets for security, including staff for information protection. They also offer temperature control, continuous monitoring, controlled and restricted access to files, virus protection and firewall security.
Stayed tuned for Part Two of our “Common Cloud Objections” blog series, where we’ll tackle myths and concerns related to IT management, reliability, job security and virtualization.