Cloud computing is great for businesses – but there are some applications and data that IT should think hard about before putting in the Cloud.
Cloud computing has many benefits, including greater flexibility, less of a burden on the IT department, and lower costs in many cases.
But there are some challenges, as well. Companies often have concerns about security and reliability, or they decide they need more control over a service than what a cloud computing provider will allow.
That’s why tech experts recommend organizations plan out their cloud computing strategies to decide what can and can’t be moved to the Cloud.
While there are always exceptions, these are some of the areas in which experts say companies should think twice before moving to the Cloud:
- Stable, legacy applications — Apps that have been around for a while, are stable and predictable, and don’t require a lot of updating typically won’t use many resources when kept in house compared to newer, unfamiliar apps. Therefore, they often offer less benefit when they’re moved to the Cloud.
- Highly integrated applications — Some software relies too much on other in-house applications that moving it to the Cloud could cause a lot of complications. That might include ERP systems or finance applications — if they’re already set up to run in-house, companies may want to keep them that way.
- Data with regulatory requirements — While security is a concern, some companies have decided to put some sensitive and critical data in the hands of properly vetted cloud computing providers. However, organizations should be careful about any data with regulatory requirements regarding how they’re stored and protected. In many cases, the company is better off keeping that information on the office network.
- Bandwidth-intensive activities — Cloud computing requires data to be sent back and forth using an Internet connection — therefore, companies are often better off keeping applications that require a lot data to be moved or have I/O needs in house.
- Highly customized applications — Cloud computing providers sometimes allow for certain degrees of customization. But often if something needs a lot of tweaking to meet very specific specifications, it’s better kept in house.