Cloud computing has been around for two decades, and corporate adoption has been widespread, with over 60% of all corporate data currently stored in the cloud. Gartner predicts that by 2025, half of enterprise IT spending will be for cloud computing. Yet, there remain misconceptions about the cloud that prevents other organizations from migrating or have led to disappointing results.
Here are the six most common myths about cloud computing and the realities debunking them:
Myth #1: The main value of the cloud is cost savings.
Truth: It is possible to save money migrating to a cloud-based system. There are no huge investments, maintenance, and upgrade of data center hardware and software. And as the cloud is a pay-as-you-go model, you only spend on the on-demand computing resources you use.
Myth #2: Cloud computing is not secure/more secure.
Truth: Data breaches in the cloud, and the news headlines they have generated have caused many companies to be wary about the security of their sensitive data. But it is a myth that the cloud is less secure than on-site data storage. This is the most common misconception that has become a barrier to cloud adoption. The truth is most data breaches happen in on-premise data centers.
Myth #3: The cloud means surrendering control.
Truth: Just as in any outsourcing model, using cloud services does mean giving up control. Instead of owning assets such as hardware and software, you are renting them from a CSP. You also give up control over maintaining and upgrading infrastructure, monitoring applications, and ensuring security. Yet, these are the very benefits of cloud computing
Myth #4: The cloud is all or nothing.
Truth: Most companies, more than eight out of 10, use a hybrid architectural model where they combine public cloud, private cloud, and on-premises infrastructure. So, the cloud is not an all-or-nothing proposition.
Myth #5: Multi-cloud is always better.
Truth: Most organizations start with one cloud services provider and eventually move towards a multi-cloud strategy. According to a Gartner survey, 81% of respondents work with two or more cloud vendors. And that is understandable as vendor lock-in is a primary concern for organizations.
Myth #6: The cloud should be all-in.
Truth: Lift and shift cloud migration is dropping all your applications and data to the cloud as-is or with minimal changes. This is a fast, simple, and cost-effective way to rehost to the cloud at once. However, as this approach is not optimized for the cloud, it will not be able to benefit from cloud features like autoscaling and automated performance management. These non-native applications can also suffer from higher latency or other performance issues.
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