Armed with smartphones and gadgets, we’re all familiar with the instant accessibility “the cloud” gives us. Never before have we been able to access news, entertainment, business intel and childhood friends so easily. And yet, cloud myths abound, often hinder good decision-making in terms of how to invest your IT dollars.
Below, we review 3 cloud myths as discussed by a few industry heavyweights:
Myth #1: Public clouds are not secure.
This big, fat myth haunts plenty of IT leaders. The reality, however, is that most cloud providers’ certifications have more security protocols than a company would have using a private, non-cloud data center, says Eric Dynowski, contributor for Entrepreneur magazine. “As one can see from many cyber attacks — and even the Edward Snowden leaks,” Dynowski explains, “employees represent the main point of vulnerability.” Strong passwords and access controls go a long way to mitigating these risks.
Bob Evans, writing for Forbes, adds that “businesses often improve application and data security by leveraging enterprise-grade public clouds.” Evan states, by contrast, “many corporate data centers have limited security resources and expertise, challenges meeting regulatory requirements, outdated software and hardware, and don’t perform regular security audits and assessments.”
Gartner research confirms both Dynowski’s and Evans’ statements: “To date, there have been very few security breaches in the public cloud — most breaches continue to involve on-premise data center environments. While cloud providers should have to demonstrate their abilities, once they have done so there is no reason to believe their offerings cannot be secure.”
Myth #2: Clouds are one-size-fits-all
Evans points out, “there’s no cookie-cutter solution when it comes to cloud — regardless of how frequently and loudly some providers try to say otherwise.” Rather, he outlines a wide range of cloud-computing choices:
- Deployment models: public, private, and hybrid
- Service models: Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service
- Operating models: customer owns and operates it; cloud provider owns and operates it; customer owns the solution but the provider operates it
The right choice hinges on your company’s business goals and requirements.
Myth #3: The cloud should be used for everything.
Cloud computing certainly delivers massive benefits in terms of accessibility, flexibility and security. And yet, Gartner warns us not to fall into the trap of believing that “if something is good it has to be cloud.” Rather, the research firm advises that while the cloud is a great fit for many business uses, not all applications and workloads benefit from it. “Unless there are cost savings,” Gartner concludes, “moving a legacy application that doesn’t change is not a good candidate.”
Bottom line, do your homework: Understand your options, their capabilities, and make decisions based on facts, not the personal preferences or beefs of your IT buddies or the business down the street.
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