In Part 1 of our “Overcoming Common Cloud Objections” blog series, we explored four common misconceptions around total cost of ownership, control over data, expenses, and security and compliance in the cloud. Today, we’ll explore – and put to rest – four more fallacies in our second and final post of the series:
The cloud requires more IT management.
This may be true initially as applications are migrated to the cloud, but once that conversion is completed, the IT team is truly freed from managing the software, hardware and data protection of the migrated applications and the associated data.
In fact, every application migrated to a cloud infrastructure reduces maintenance costs and management overhead. Taking things one step further and implementing self-service automation—allowing users to provision systems themselves on demand—means that your IT team is freed from simple tasks and empowered to focus on more complex, strategic initiatives, while and that your DevOps teams can quickly benefit from your private and public cloud infrastructure.
Public cloud is less reliable than in-house systems.
Good public cloud providers have regular automated backups to ensure disaster recovery. In fact, cloud data centers likely provide better data backup mechanisms than your current system.
With multiple layers of redundant components, power, physical and cybersecurity measures, as well as trained personnel, cloud data centers provide an economy of scale nearly impossible to duplicate and offer a level of reliability that most businesses cannot afford to live without.
The cloud will take away IT jobs.
The reality is that a skilled IT team is necessary to unlock the potential of the cloud. IT is no longer be seen as simply the servers, switches and software installed throughout the organization; when it comes to the cloud, IT is a service provided to the business and its users.
The cloud doesn't replace your staff; instead, it allows them to focus on more strategic projects that support your business goals and objectives. IT staff who were once forced to focus on mundane technology and infrastructure maintenance activates can now concentrate on more strategic business requirements: improving processes, quality and availability, as well as technological innovation.
Virtualization is the same as private cloud computing.
While virtualization enables cloud computing, it is not equivalent to the private cloud. Virtualization software separates physical infrastructures to create various dedicated resources and makes it possible to run multiple operating systems and multiple applications on the same server at the same time, helping to cut costs and ease IT management.
While cloud computing, on the other hand, often include virtualizations products to deliver shared computing resources, software or data, it’s primary function is to provide self-service capability, elasticity, automated management, scalability and pay-as you go service that is not inherent in virtualization alone.
So, are you ready for the cloud?
While there are plenty of myths surrounding cloud computing, there is no question that it can bring you real benefits. Embracing cloud infrastructures where it makes sense for your business can speed your time to revenue and reduce your costs. But embracing cloud means cutting through the myths and the hype to find real solutions.
No matter where you are in the cloud adoption lifecycle, Embotics vCommander has the proven track record to make a significant impact on your cloud initiatives by optimizing the automation, deployment, configuration, and monitoring of IT services within private, public and hybrid clouds.