Just how secure is moving your business to the cloud? "The Top 10 Cloud Myths," written by David Mitchell Smith (of Gartner, Inc.) and published on Forbes.com, addresses 10 of the biggest cloud computing myths and trends up-front.
For small and growing businesses new to the cloud, this article dispels confusion about the cloud and provides helpful advice on transitioning an entire enterprise to the cloud.
"Cloud computing, even with its maturity in the past decade and use by businesses, is still prone to a good deal of myth surrounding its real value. Whether they revolve around security concerns or cost savings, cloud myths primarily serve to impede innovation and distract us from real progress.
Check out the following myths and consider whether your perception is closer to reality or if you’re living in your own cloud of dangerous assumptions. Then review our advice for how to take advantage of the truth.
Myth 1: Cloud Is Always About Money
Sometimes the cloud saves money, but there are many other reasons cited for migrating to the cloud, the most common of which is for agility. Gartner’s 2014 CIO survey shows that cost savings account for only 14% of the reasons for organizations’ use of the public cloud. Saving money may end up one of the benefits, but it should not be taken for granted.
Advice: Don’t assume you will save money unless you have done the hard work of honestly analyzing the situation. Utilize total cost of ownership and other models on a case-by-case basis and assess the implications of moving from capital expenditure (capex) to operating expenditure (opex). But most importantly, look beyond pure financial issues.
Myth 2: You Have to Be Cloud to Be Good
Some vendors practice “cloud washing” — the tendency to call things cloud whether they are or not. While some cloud washing is accidental and a result of legitimate confusion, we also see IT organizations call many things cloud as part of their efforts to gain funding and meet nebulous cloud demands and strategies.
Advice: Call things what they are. Many other capabilities (e.g., automation, virtualization) and characteristics can be good and do not need to be cloud washed."