Cloud Computing: Why Some Executives Get Cold Feet
Over the last decade, IT writers have cited Cloud Computing as one of the hottest trends. But of course, cloud computing is not just a trend anymore, it is here to stay! Adoption of the Cloud is still growing. But it is advisable to look before you leap.
Why Organizations Like Cloud Computing
The benefits of Cloud Computing are crystal clear. It allows companies to avoid or minimize fixed IT infrastructure costs, and third-party clouds enable organizations to focus on their core businesses. Flexibility and scalability are other often cited benefits. Despite these benefits, there are reasons why some executives still have their doubts about the Cloud.
Some of their reasons are legitimate, but some can be seen as misconceptions. First, let's look closer at some legitimate reasons why organizations keep their IT infrastructure and data on-premise:
It can be risky to move mission-critical systems to the cloud. Sometimes, even 99% uptime is not enough. That's why, for example, nuclear reactors' safety systems don't run in the Cloud.
Cloud Computing seems cost-effective, but sometimes customization of applications is needed. In the end, meeting every necessary demand can be more expensive than it seemed at first. In some cases, it may even be necessary to hire a consultant to deploy your new infrastructure.
Some organizations just don't need Cloud Computing. Their companies are running excellently as is; if it’s not broke don't fix it.
At EXIN, we try to ease some doubts about Cloud Computing based on false suppositions.
3 Reasons CEO's Get Cold Feet
A simple Google search of 'cloud computing misconceptions' turns up 473,000 results. It is impossible to describe them all, but these are the most important barriers to migrating:
"Cloud Computing is Not Secure"
Of course, sensational news stories about the iCloud hack are very upsetting. But the Cloud is usually more reliable than other hosted offerings. Physical laptops can be stolen, and don't forget, fires, natural disasters, or actions by malicious individuals can result in massive damages.
"In the Cloud I Lose Control over my Data and IT Infrastructure"
Assuming organizations choose a reliable Cloud supplier, this fear is fortunately baseless. On the contrary, Cloud providers help organizations to better access their data and applications. Of course, an organization's data ownership should be stated in the contract with the Cloud supplier. Different laws and regulations can protect companies furthermore. For example, European data protection regulations are strict.
"Cloud Computing or an On-Premise Data Center: It Is an Either/Or Choice"
Some CEO's think they either keep all their data and applications in an on-premise data center, or everything will have to move to the Cloud. In reality, it is a good practice to only migrate those data and applications that will benefit from a Cloud solution. For example, Dutch insurance company Aevitae moved their IT infrastructure only partially to Microsoft Azure. Their data were still kept on-premise.
What Executives Must Know about the Cloud
Because of misconceptions like these, some executives don't reap the benefits the Cloud offer. It seems the knowledge about this important subject is lagging. But EXIN can help: EXIN Cloud Computing Foundation is a certification that tests candidates on the basics of Cloud Computing. This certification is ideal for professionals who have a role or interest in the use and management of Internet-based services.