Cloud Computing helps businesses compete with bigger companies. Despite all benefits, there are various cloud computing myths due to the hype surrounding it.
Cloud computing has made it easier for companies across the entire spectrum of the human industry worldwide to store data in any format on various online servers hosted by providers (or created and installed internally directly by the owner) and share it across the various multi-media devices and Internet of Things. Not only is it useful for reducing costs associated with maintaining multiple hard drives (that you have to keep buying as your memory storage increases), for having a ‘mobile office,’ or for backing up data in case of any potential crashes; its primary advantage is the fact that it speeds up the delivery of information to employees and clients, accelerating the decision making process, and increasing collaboration within the company levels so that it can deliver products/services at a faster rate. This then helps businesses compete with bigger companies while promoting customer satisfaction and enduring loyalty. However, despite all the benefits, Cloud computing is still susceptible to myths due to the hype and confusion surrounding it.
As a first point, a great misconception is that the cloud is equated with the datacenter. This does not mean that a company must completely do away with the main datacenter when deciding to migrate to the cloud. If you have security concerns, have a Hybrid Cloud, or have created only a Private Cloud service internally (which is expensive and requires a substantial up-front investment) but are still unclear about the potential threats of cyber-hacking, then you may want to move only some files to the Cloud occasionally and keep vital data on your datacenter. Or you may decide to trust a Public Cloud service (Infrastructure as a Service), which have their own team of professional engineers and security experts. Also, a company should first identify what they actually need the Cloud for, and understand that there are a variety of Cloud services. You may not need all of them for a specific business solution.On the other hand, many see the Cloud as a complete replacement for the datacenter, because its benefits are not synonymous with the Cloud.
Secondly, many people believe that the Cloud is affecting jobs, but the reality is that the Cloud—along with its integration of IT and A.I. technology—is creating jobs among multiple industries and fields of activity as its implementation continues to increase worldwide. Many jobs from varied career areas are needed in the Cloud/IT/A.I industry, from A.I. experts in data mining, data analytics, Knowledge Management and Machine Learning, database technicians, graphic designers and IT engineers, to legal consultants, accountants, Cloud Computing and Cloud cyber-security experts.There is a dire need for Cloud computing experts, and the internet provides many opportunities for those in the cloud computing industry including courses and training. Educational platforms such as Cloud Academy even offers DevOps certification while also providing continuous training to stay updated with the latest cloud technologies.
Finally, many are naturally concerned with costs. Will the Cloud save you money? That all depends on the size and budget of your company, on what you need the Cloud for, and on what kind of Cloud services you choose. Transitioning to the Cloud first necessitates a cost/risk evaluation, keeping in mind that the costs to buy Public Cloud services are based on the amount of memory storage you need. Thankfully Public Cloud costs are scalable, meaning that you can start small and buy memory as you go along and then increase gradually as your business grows.
Security is still the number one concern for businesses, so the choice of creating a Private Cloud depends on whether you already have the resources and the team of experts that can install it with the necessary security measures. Otherwise, training the workforce or hiring Cloud consultants is obviously the best way to migrate for those who choose a Private Cloud, but the costs inevitably increase in such a scenario.