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Common Cloud Computing Misconceptions

by: Sarah Joson

Friday, October 31, 2014 |

A post at Information-Age.com shares the details of Gartner’s take on the hype, myths, and the real essence of cloud technology.

As cloud computing continues to rise simultaneously with the globalization of various industries and economies, many are still confused as to what it actually is and what it can do. This confusion leads to stunted organizational growth, and business owners completely discounting cloud technology as a business tool.

Myths about cloud computing


Here are the top 10 myths about the cloud:

Cloud technology is always economical.
Not all cloud services are priced the same. Rates of IaaS (infrastructure as a service) have recently dropped, but not for SaaS (software-as-a-service). Money should not be the focus of the business because it could sometimes lead to career limitations.

Cloud is the only way to go.
Some cloud providers take advantage of confused buyers thinking that their system is not good unless it has cloud. IT organizations, on the other hand, are identifying things as part of their cloud efforts to get more investors and people start believing that only cloud technology has the IT requirement they need.

Cloud is applicable for everything.
Not all applications and processes are compatible with the cloud. Yes, there may be instances that adopting the cloud is a great strategy, but it is not always the case.

Name dropping a client or CEO.
This is a popular strategy of account executives and operations managers, saying they need or want the cloud. It is not a strategy per se, but they just give what the client or CEO wants so they do not have to deal with it. If it is a legitimate cloud strategy, they first have to identify business goals and list down the potential advantages of the cloud without adding risks.

Clients only need one cloud provider.
Cloud is a very broad subject that has different levels, scope, models, and applications. A cloud strategy should be based on what the company is aiming for. Business owners and CIOs should perform due diligence to find the best fit for their needs.

Cloud is a risk to data security.
Since it’s not tangible, it is perceived as less secure. It is more of a trust issue which is why clients are more hesitant to use something that they cannot physically guard. However, there have only been several cases when security breaches occurred. In fact, most breaches occurred in internally managed data centers.

You have to experiment with it first.
Early adopters of the cloud may have been used to it by now. But, as organizations get to know the cloud, the willingness to integrate it to their processes has improved significantly - even applying it to mission-critical systems. Some corporations have evolved in the cloud, making it an integral part of their company.

Cloud means data storage.
Before anything else, data center outsourcing, data center modernization, and data center strategies are not synonymous with the cloud. Cloud spans beyond data storage. Your strategy for outsourcing, modernization, data storage, and the cloud should not be one and the same.

Uploading everything to the cloud gives you access to the whole lot.
Just because you migrated to the cloud, doesn’t mean you can do everything cloud-related. Cloud applications are different from cloud services so you have to distinguish which one you need. You can also look into the packages being offered by the providers because they might have set-ups that can be set according to your requirements.

Virtualization means private cloud.
Virtualization is what you do to enable your system to have the cloud. Even if you upgrade your technical capacities, it doesn’t immediately result to having a private cloud. It could just mean that your company is high-tech or innovative.

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