Cloud computing has been heralded as ‘the next big thing’ in the IT world. Although tons of people have been ever so eager to adopt this new concept, there are also those who don’t think positively about the Cloud.
Some people Hate Cloud Computing; but what are their principal concerns?
1) Heavy Internet Dependence
The premise on which cloud computing exists is that the Internet will always be important and trustworthy until the end of the world. It is true to say that there are many reasons to feel optimistic about this topic, yet one can never be too cautious as there can emerge a myriad of unpredicted issues.
For instance, a government can pass a law that limits or blocks internet traffic, forcing people to obtain information from the prescribed content served to them on television, radio or in newspapers.If a business is left without Internet connectivity to its cloud even for a brief period of time, for any reason whatsoever, consequences can be very detrimental. We are not talking about a simple online store going offline, but rather about a serious company that has all its intricate activities stored in a database on a Cloud. In case of lost connectivity, you will certainly want your servers to be physically close to you, rather than on the Cloud, in a galaxy far, far away.
Owing to its Internet dependence, cloud computing can never serve as a substitute for good old in-house servers. We all know that there are speed limits related to hardware and bandwidth when transferring data to and from the Cloud via the Internet, and using VPNs and SSL tunnels can slow the speed even further.
2) Data Exposure
In order to try to remain competitive and improve the flexibility of their business practices, as much as 90 percent of companies are now considering the Cloud, yet picking the wrong system can result in high expenditure in the long run, especially when it comes to damages caused by data exposure. Recently, there have been reports that that cloud computing is causing an escalation in expenditures, increasing intricacy in backing up and storing data, and making storage services less efficient.
The core of the problem lies in the so-called “Rogue” cloud use, i.e. public cloud applications offered by certain business groups which are not managed by or integrated into a company’s IT infrastructure. If these reports are something to go by, nearly 80 percent of companies have experienced the problem of increased cost due to the use of cloud technology. Owing to their size, enterprises seem to face this issue more often than SMBs.
The most common reason for using such cloud services is to “save time and money”, but as a number of users have experienced the exposure of confidential information, businesses should bear in mind that these ventures would probably cost more time and money in the long run. In addition to this there are also website hacks, account takeovers, and stolen goods and services as a result of using cloud technology which businesses have no control over.With regard to backing up and recovering data, the Cloud is also causing certain problems, as many companies say that they use multiple solutions to back up data, which consequently causes additional costs for training, inefficiency, and security risk. Numerous organizations claim they have lost cloud data, and even more have experienced failures when attempting to recover data.
It comes as no surprise then that businesses are increasingly concerned with meeting compliance requirements in the Cloud, and many of them have already been fined for not meeting required standards.
3) Orientation towards Western Markets
Cloud computing implies that the Internet is as omnipresent throughout the world as it is in the Western World, yet customers from countries where Internet connectivity is not so robust will usually be discouraged from opting for the Cloud.
For example, IT power house India still has sporadic Internet connectivity, while the general speed of the Internet is still very poor. It is no wonder than that most Indian Internet users prefer the limited speeds of wireless mobile Internet which cell phone companies provide, rather than trust the cable infrastructure.
Additionally, a power outage affecting any intermediary can hinder access to the Cloud.
Indian IT giants have learned the hard way not to trust state infrastructure, even for electricity, keeping their own backup power generation on site. Thus, adopting any trend that makes them more dependent on state infrastructure will require more than a leap of faith.
How Committed Are You to the Cloud?
Cloud-based services are becoming more and more relevant in the modern world, but some companies are still reluctant to truly commit to this new technology in spite of the benefits it brings. A recent update to the Cloud Price Index by 451 Research has revealed that the price of cloud-based systems is dropping significantly as time goes by, making the proposition of switching to the cloud more attractive than ever.
If you are prepared to finally make the switch and transfer your data to a safer and more reliable storage system, you could save a lot of money in the long-term.
The index proved that renting cloud services from one of the popular providers on the web was much more expensive than simply purchasing cloud-based resources for yourself. The prices with web providers have dropped by just 2% since last year while customers can enjoy an astonishing 44% discount by being more aggressive in their negotiations and only paying for the resources they require.
The price of cloud-based services is a hot topic at the moment; people continue to complain about the costs, but 451 Research has shown that prices are generally decreasing. Two percent is not a huge drop, but it’s still better than a price boost.
The index shows that people who don’t truly to commit to the cloud and simply pay a provider fee without really researching the matter are essentially losing a lot of money. If you take the time to commit, do your research and negotiate with providers, you can save large fractions of your funds. The index also revealed that people who purchase long-term plans will save money too, as providers will often offer discounts and promotions if you pledge to use their services for longer periods of time.
Why is this?
Well, looking at it from the provider’s point of view; if a customer is willing to pledge their loyalty over a long period of time in an increasingly competitive industry, it makes sense to offer them some sort of incentive. The funds earned will certainly a good profit for the provider while the promise of a long-term contract also allows them to make future plans and more efficiently organize their own systems and finances. The whole idea is a win-win situation for both customer and provider, so it’s important for more people to be aware of this and take advantage of commitment to the cloud.
Too many companies are ignoring the financial benefits they stand to gain by investing in long-term cloud-based plans and simply Hate the Cloud. If you’re prepared to make use of the cloud, then you need to do it in the right way that makes the most sense for the well-being of your business.
By half-heartedly committing to this service, you won’t be getting the most out of it. So it’s time to question your own commitment to the cloud and take advantage of these huge discounts as soon as possible.