Even though cloud computing has been around for quite a while, there are still people out there that don’t really have the clearest of pictures on what exactly is it that this term means. However, a lack of knowledge on the subject won’t always prevent people from spreading the misinformation that they were led to accept as a fact, and in doing so perpetuate some of the myths related to cloud computing.
While there have been those who made cloud computing look more attractive with the half truths they have been spreading, there were also those who tarnished its reputation, and we would like to set both of these image distortions straight and give you a more accurate breakdown of what cloud computing really is.
You’ll Save a Ton of Money by Moving into the Cloud
This has been one of the main arguments for the shift to the cloud, and while it may be true, it is by no means universally true. Cloud services do provide you with some benefits that will reduce your costs, like the fact that you don’t need your own infrastructure, that you’ll save on IT staff, and the like, but there are also some costs of cloud computing that occasionally get left out of this kind of equations. For one, setting up the cloud can be a timely process, and you’ll probably need outside help in order to get everything in working order.
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Likewise, even though cloud application maintenance is taken care of by the provider, and the subscriptions are usually significantly cheaper than buying licensed software, if you are using a particular application long enough, at one point it is going to cost you more than purchased software would. Naturally, cloud might still be a better option for you, despite the larger costs, but the point is that you need to know that your budget issues are by no means solved by simply moving to the cloud.
Cloud Services are Paid on Monthly Basis
While most providers do give their prices based on a one month period, chances are that when you try signing a deal with them, you’ll find out that you actually have to pay quarterly or annual subscriptions. While this might not be too much of an issue for some businesses, other might take it quite hard, which is why you need to make sure how the payments are to be structured before signing the deal.
Cloud Security and Reliability are Inferior
This has been one of the most repeated myths, and is mostly unfounded. Sure, there have been numerous reports of abuse and infiltration, as well as crashes that left the providers unable to render their services, but this is not to say that the providers are unreliable. In most of the cases, services were resumed shortly after, and with users’ data remaining safe, due to the redundancy systems, which is not always the case with PC crashes. This is to say that if a cloud fails, the incident gets massive coverage, unlike when your PC crashes, but consequences of the cloud crashing are usually significantly milder for a user than the consequences of their PC malfunctioning.
Likewise, while there have been some security issues, saying that cloud systems are less secure than other types of data centers is simply wrong. Your data is constantly vulnerable on the internet, in the cloud or not, and since cloud providers have seen the customer hesitations coming from security concerns, you can be quite sure that they are taking much better care of your data than some of the other people online who you are entrusting your info to.
Cloud is Hurting the Environment
There has been a serious backlash from the environmental activist groups over the building of huge data centers used for providing cloud services, but there are some things that people who are making such claims fail to consider. While the building of the centers had quite an impact, the energy savings that will result from those centers being built will more than make up for their construction. Many cloud providers, like WebHostingBuzz in US and Crucial in Australia, are part of carbon neutral hosting initiative.
But you also have to consider other factors, like the fact that less hardware will need to be sold the world over, especially internal or external hard drives; and that people using cloud based online shopping services will not be getting into their car to go to the store. As well as a number of other things that actually recommend cloud computing as a greener alternative to the current approach to the distribution of computing power.
About Author: Leana Thorne is a devoted tech explorer following new trends, opinions and news all around the web. She is always glad to answer all the questions, and to bring technology closer to every single thirsty mind. You can also find her on Twitter – @LeanaThorne.