5 myths uncovered about cloud computing

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Mario Olomu

May 27, 2022

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WHAT IS CLOUD COMPUTING

  Cloud computing is all about delivering computing services through the internet. The services include- but are not limited to applications like storage, databases, servers and intelligence.

These resources are kept over the internet or cloud to enable flexibility and increase productivity, efficiency, performance and security for businesses.

    It’s no coincidence that more organisations and individuals are adopting cloud-based systems. Although cloud-based systems become more mainstream, there are still misconceptions about them.

Here are 5 popular cloud computing myths and their truths.


Myth 1: The primary value of the cloud is saving money

Some of the most important considerations for businesses looking to migrate to the cloud are security, cost savings, and customer satisfaction. While these look good on a balance sheet, there is no silver bullet for migrating to the cloud. Instead, each business will have to carefully evaluate its current setup and decide whether migrating to the cloud is worth it. 

 

The cloud is a powerful tool for businesses, but it does not always save money. The reason is that the cloud can be more expensive for specific businesses and at certain times — such as when a business sells a product or service that requires a lot of bandwidth or memory.

 

 Mike Lloyd, CTO of RedSeal, a security risk-scoring platform put it best when he said, "A lot of people misunderstand cloud pricing. They assume that, because it's new and really popular, it must be cheap." 

 

Cost influencing factors to consider before migrating to the cloud include:

  • The amount of data you’re migrating to the cloud: cloud-based storage space
     
  • Cost of your on-premise systems 

  • The cloud service provider 

  • The time of migration: the faster the migration, the faster the dependencies on on-premise infrastructure 

  • The functionality of the services you plan to migrate 

  • Post cloud migration costs like monitoring, maintenance, and security compliance.

 

So yes, whilst it may be may true that it saves money: before you commit, do the requisite research to analyze your current business situation. 

 

Myth 2: Cloud-based systems are not safe

Cloud-based systems and storage are an upgrade from on-premise infrastructure. Data stored are encrypted and continuously to protect against cybersecurity threats. In addition, data is stored redundantly so that in the event of a disaster, a copy will be available.

It’s not often you see a business on-premise data centre matching the resources of a cloud-based data centre. More often than not, on-premise data centres have weak security compared to the existing cloud security.



Myth 3: Data on cloud-based applications are public
 

It’s crucial to know the difference between public clouds (shared environments) and private clouds (dedicated environments) because that’s where the misconception often lies.

Public clouds, such as Microsoft and Google, are multi-tenant- where your server shares the same hardware, storage and network devices with the other tenants in the cloud. At the same time, a private cloud is a single-tenant environment where the hardware, storage, and

the network is dedicated to a single client and designed to assure high-security levels that other clients cannot access in the same data centre.

"Because the term public is used, many users have the false impression that the data they store in the cloud is easy to get and is not private," said Engin Kirda, co-founder and chief architect at Lastline, a network security provider.

 

While it's essential to consider the security and privacy of your data when hosting on a public cloud provider, it is equally important to remember that there are many paid providers of reliable cloud hosting.

Security and privacy are built into their services. Ensuring customers have access to the data they have paid for is just as important as being able to backup data in case of a disaster.


Myth 4: Just one cloud vendor is enough
 

With the level of interest in cloud-based apps today, many businesses want something simple. 

But cloud services are broad and span various levels, models and applications. So it’s safe to say not all clouds are created equal. 

Most IT businesses use public clouds and leverage cloud attached storage solutions as part of their cloud strategy.
As a result of the ability to utilise multiple public cloud vendors, organisations are able to reap the benefits of new technologies from all providers and choose the most cost-effective service provider based on storage and application workloads.

A multi-cloud strategy allows businesses to take advantage of new technologies and features from different public cloud service providers.
  

With an all-or-nothing approach to your cloud strategy, you might not be able to get the most out of the cloud computing system. Public cloud providers, like Amazon web services, and Microsoft and Google cloud platform (GCP), offer similar services, such as data storage and disaster recovery. Still, they also have separate sets of cloud infrastructure resources that are unique to them.

 

A successful cloud strategy requires a clear statement of objectives, agility to select among needed services—like infrastructure, platform and SaaS — and a plan that allows the enterprise to scale up or down quickly.

Myth 5: Cloud migration is difficult.

 “A good number of company executives believe moving their apps into the cloud is difficult and beyond them”, said Sean Roberts, general manager of the public cloud centre of excellence at Ensono, a managed IT, service provider.

Cloud migration is moving applications and services from on-premise infrastructure to a cloud service provider's infrastructure. Cloud migration is not a difficult task. However, it is complicated.

Migration to the cloud may involve many applications, cloud platforms, and migration methods. Moreover, the lack of talent raises the risk of errors, increase cost, and system downtime and failures. 

Security fears do not hinder cloud migration, but meeting compliance requirements and navigating the process securely can be challenging and costly.


IN CONCLUSION 

A team with the experience and skills to manage cloud migration simplifies and minimises risks. Wazobia Technologies implements a risk averted cloud migration strategy without obstructing your business workflow. Get in touch

 

 References

Quotes are gotten from https://www.techtarget.com/searchcloudcomputing/tip/Debunk-10-common-public-cloud-myths

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Mario Olomu

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