Cloud Computing: Myths & Facts
This blog is intended to set the record straight and focus on the myths and facts regarding Cloud computing. Everyone has a different view about Cloud computing, “From a consumer perspective, ‘in the cloud’ means where the magic happens, where the implementation details are supposed to be hidden. So it should be no surprise that such an environment is rife with myths and misunderstandings.” Gartner’s Vice President, David Mitchell Smith continues, “Cloud computing, by its very nature, is uniquely vulnerable to the risks of myths. It is all about capabilities delivered as a service, with a clear boundary between the provider of the service and the consumer.” (Source)
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Myth 1. Cloud Computing: There Is Only One Cloud
There are actually 3 different types of Clouds. There is a Public Cloud, a Private Cloud and a Hybrid Cloud. It’s simple, really. The Public Cloud is public, meaning it is easier to share files and can be more susceptible when it comes to security in comparison to the Private Cloud. Being as it is not as secure, it is not recommended for QuickBooks Hosting or any other financial software. A Public Cloud has an infrastructure that is available from an off-site internet source. Another type of Cloud is a Private Cloud. Even though purchase is required for a Private Cloud, companies can rest assure that they will have top notch security and high quality maintenance on software and infrastructure. The third Cloud is a Hybrid Cloud, which is a combination of a Private and a Public Cloud. In order to manage the Hybrid Cloud, companies need to keep track of multiple different security platforms. When it comes to QuickBooks Hosting, companies can keep their data and applications on a Private Cloud and less sensitive documents can be stored on a Public Cloud.
Myth 2: Cloud Computing Is “Expensive” Or Cloud Computing Is “Cheap”
Some people believe that Cloud computing is too expensive, and some believe that Cloud computing is extremely cheap. Neither is correct. With the Cloud, you pay for what you get. The cost depends on a few factors:
• Number of Users
• Size of Data
• Customized Backups
• Applications You Use (System Requirements Vary On Each)
• Exchange Services
Also, it’s important to know exactly what you’re paying for. Cloud computing replaces:
• Local Servers
• IT Billable Hours
• Backup Solutions
• Server Room
• Licensing Of Software
• User support
• Network Equipment
• Power Conditioning
Myth 3: Cloud Computing Is “Too New” To Trust
Contrary to the belief, Cloud computing is nothing new. Cloud computing has of course evolved through a number of phases and each year it continues to improve. Many would be surprised to hear that the initial ideas of Cloud computing actually began in the sixties. “The idea of an ‘intergalactic computer network’ was introduced in the sixties by J.C.R. Licklider, who was responsible for enabling the development of ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network). “His vision was for everyone on the globe to be interconnected and accessing programs and data at any site, from anywhere. It is a vision that sounds a lot like Cloud computing,” explained Margaret Lewis, product director at AMD. Another person who proposed the idea of Cloud computing, is scientist John McCarthy who “proposed the idea of computation being delivered as a public utility, similar to the service bureaus which date back to the sixties.” (Source) According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the estimated infrastructure is worth $452 Billion dollars. Myth 3= Debunked.
Myth 4: Cloud Computing Is Just a Fad
Will Cloud computing be as popular as it is now ten years from now? Experts say that Cloud computing has all signs pointing to it being an evolution, as opposed to a fad. Businesses all over are putting their trust in Cloud computing more than ever. Companies around the world are sharing their success stories by using Cloud computing over the years. Whether it’s for enterprise applications, extra processing power, storage capabilities, etc., Cloud computing is expected to become even more popular in the future.
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Myth 5: Cloud Computing Is Less Secure Than On-Premise
The Cloud holds an SOC2/SSAE16 data center, 256-bit encryption, automatic off site backups, cisco firewalls, cisco routers, uninterrupted power supply, mirror disks, RAID implementation, 24/7 onsite monitoring and N+1/2N redundancy. According to Gartner, “To date, there have been very few security breaches in the public cloud-most breaches continue to involve on-premises data center environments. While cloud providers should have to demonstrate their capabilities, once they have done so there is no reason to believe their offerings cannot be secure.” (Source) That being said, there is no reason to not trust the Cloud.
Myth 6: Put Everything In Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing should not be used for everything. There are a few characteristics in the Cloud which could make it not the best fit to host particular applications. Of course, there are some cases where Cloud computing is a perfect fit to host your businesses applications. Gartner explains, “Unless there are cost savings, moving a legacy application that doesn’t change is not a good candidate.”
Myth 7: Cloud Computing Is The Data Center
While the Cloud and data center go hand in hand, it’s important to view them independently. The Cloud is more than just a data center and in some cases completely shutting down data centers just doesn’t make sense. According to Gartner, “Organizations, with the help of their solution provider partners, need help distinguishing between embracing and rolling out cloud applications and actual cloud services. They are two different things. (Source)
Cloud computing is bound to happen for almost any small to medium-sized businesses in the near future. “The move to cloud computing is expected to continue to fuel IT growth for foreseeable future bringing efficiencies and greater capabilities to businesses and opportunities to service providers.” (Source) Solution providers will be playing a huge role by helping customers as well as businesses gain satisfaction. Jumping on the Cloud is highly recommended for companies to leverage cloud technology solutions in order to compete with competitors who are already taking advantage of Cloud Computing.