As cloud computing becomes more popular, it’s becoming harder for IT to separate the truth from the hype. In this post, guest author Daniel Clarke discusses some of the myths believed about cloud computing.
Skyrocketing in popularity over the past few years, cloud computing has come into the business world with a bang. Known for its easy scalability and versatility, it’s become a mainstay in businesses both large and small around the world. With its growth, however, have come some misunderstandings about cloud computing, leading many businesses to be unsure whether or not it’s a good fit for them.
What is cloud computing?
Before we get into the myths about cloud computing, let’s take a look at what it actually is. Known for its agility and efficiency, cloud computing involves the use of resources that are delivered over a network rather than hosted internally. Typically, this network is the Internet, but it could also be in-house. The cloud and all its infrastructure and software are managed by third-party operators, allowing businesses to focus on its main products and services rather than IT requirements.
Myths and facts about cloud computing
Cloud computing isn’t exactly brand new, but there are nonetheless some misunderstandings surrounding the field. Four of the most prevalent myths surrounding cloud computing, and the facts relevant to those topics, are:
1. Myth: It’s expensive.
Fact: While there is an upfront cost to cloud computing, just as there is to purchasing in-house equipment, in many cases it’s less expensive over time, and it turns capital expenses into operating expenses.
2. Myth: It cuts staffing levels in the IT department.
Fact: Even if you opt for a full-service setup, an IT staff is still needed to manage cloud services. Whether it’s educating employees or big-data programming and analytics, a company’s IT team will need to work alongside and complement any cloud services you choose.
3. Myth: Cloud servers are less secure than in-house ones.
Fact: In reality, it can be more efficient and easier to perform regular maintenance, make updates, and set permissions on multiple servers in a cloud environment, and most companies (57%) who have switched to cloud computing feel that their security was increased with the move, according to a study conducted by Mimecast.
4. Myth: Like many other technologies, it’s a fad that will pass with time.
Fact: More and more companies are moving to the cloud. In fact, cloud computing has gone from usage levels of just 12% in 2008 to a projected 60% in 2014.
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These are just a few of the myths surrounding cloud computing. While more are sure to arise as the technology changes, hopefully as it becomes more popular, such misunderstandings will grow less prevalent and businesses worldwide will see cloud computing for what it really is: a cost-effective and scalable way to enhance IT capabilities and security.
About the author: Daniel Clarke is the Director of Marketing for Dataprise, an IT services company based in Maryland. Visit http://www.dataprise.com to learn more about the available services.