Though there is a rapid adoption of cloud computing and strategy, there are still some popular misconceptions around deploying and running applications in the cloud. Even with the positive impact on the business and transformation journey, myths regarding cloud adoption are doing the rounds. Hence, it is essential to debunk the popular myths before adopting the cloud.
The IT decision makers always admit that they are extremely anxious about the security implications of cloud services. ‘Touch and Feel of On-premise Server Rack’ over ‘cloud’ server not visible to the naked eye is a flawed security measure. One is not able to gather any factual evidence or find an empirical study which would endorse the fact that on-premise data center provides more security than cloud service providers. The cloud service provider has to cater to a broad range of global customers hence, their data centers and platform need to ensure numerous stringent certifications and regulations which is critical. This proves to be an attractive incentive for the cloud provider of providing highly secure infrastructure since it would enhance the brand visibility. By leveraging cloud platform security features, the company ensures more data and application security.
Many companies are looking to the cloud for flexibility and scalability as well as reducing costs. Executives are often seen assuming that switching from on-premise servers to cloud triggers instant savings. But to be precise, the cost benefit comes from vigilant internal planning and optimization. The services prove to be more cost-efficient if paid on the basis of per second/ minute/hour which turn out to be economical. For achieving cost efficiency, you actually need to match your workload with the right cloud service. This will lead to on-premise solutions going way beyond when it comes to price and performance level achievement.
The public cloud is not the only player. Both private and hybrid clouds play a pivotal role for many companies. In order to leverage cloud service and reap its benefits, the service providers bring to you solutions for all three of them- public, private and hybrid cloud. Therefore, there is no such thing as one true cloud. Companies adopt cloud service as per their workload and requirement.
Cloud computing can actually be used for all aspect of business including mission-critical applications for many critical reasons which includes less downtime and auto backup. When you are trying to adopt a new technology, you have apprehensions which you need to address. This is the reason why at the initial stages cloud adoption was not considered for mission-critical applications. But with the popularity that cloud has gained and the successful use-cases which are increasing with time, organizations are relying on cloud for the mission-critical applications. Cloud services platforms are able to provide durability, scalability and perform well with regard to complex application architectures thereby, appealing to the global users.
Although virtualization is often used for cloud computing, it should not be considered to be the only way to set up a cloud infrastructure. This is especially true of private clouds, Even if virtualization is used, the result does not have to be cloud computing. Similarly, moving to a cloud platform from a virtualized in-premise data center is not one and the same thing. IaaS adoption, an infrastructure approach like in-premise virtualization, indeed has cost benefits but institutions have realized that the adoption of cloud as PaaS and SaaS model can yield exponential benefits like agility, flexibility, cost savings, credibility.
Migrating to the cloud requires more than simply plugging in technology. It requires the sheer ability to address some vital considerations like data migration, business-specific capabilities of solutions, governance, systems integration, security, and many more. Cloud service providers are known for providing development tools that make it easier to subscribe, configure and use. It still, requires appropriate processes and people with the right skills to execute and implement, configure and use it in the right way. If you don’t have a progressive thinking and an ability to align technology with your business needs and processes then the migration and process both, can be a hassle.
Taking the right first step
When organizations are on their cloud journeys, the first step is to ask questions. Their biggest goals and challenges help them to create a custom cloud roadmap for the business. Over many years, you’ve heard a lot of cloud myths. It’s time to bust them now. Cloud computing is revolutionizing the way we do business. If you debunk the cloud myths, it’s easier for organizations to reap benefits as the growing adoption of cloud-based services has to offer numerous benefits to companies.
Avinash heads the digital business consulting practice at RapidValue. He is an AWS certified solution architect having around 20 years of experience in delivering IT solutions to global clients from startups to Fortune 100 companies.