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10 Persistent Myths on Cloud


10 Persistent Myths on Cloud


Cloud MythsIs cloud really the next big step in IT?

The cloud may provide a dynamic and flexible infrastructure, but many are still reluctant to engage this new species. Moreover, many myths persist around the nature of the cloud and how to best interact with the cloud. 

Here are 10 viewpoints from experts at Forrester, InfoWorld, TechRepublic, and more sharing some of the most hard to put down myths, and what's really happening.

1. Devs are only using cloud for test & dev.

Evidence has been gathered through case study analysis to refute these rumors - all of which are untrue - but some beliefs just won't die. The leading clouds have matured to the point that there are few legitimate excuses left for not using them.

By James Staten, Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals, Forrester
Let's Trade Myths For Reality: What Are You Really Doing In The Cloud?

2. Cloud computing is bringing back vendor lock-in.

The reality is that using any technology, except the most primitive, causes some degree of dependency on that technology or its service provider. Cloud providers are no exception.

By David Linthicum, InfoWorld
2 More Cloud Myths busted: Lock-in and Locked Up

3. Clouds provide infinite scale.

For the vast majority of users who are using the public clouds to implement dynamically scaling web sites, the quota allowed is larger than these web sites typically require, thereby providing the illusion of infinite scale. As resource-intensive, highly scalable applications begin to use cloud computing as either a public or on-premise platform, however, they will begin to reach the scaling limits imposed by resource availability.

4. Private cloud is inherently more secure than public cloud services.

A private cloud can be more secure than a public cloud, but like any other system it is at risk from poor housekeeping and human error. Assumptions should not be made. The decision criteria for private or public cloud implementation should be far wider than which is perceived to be more secure. 

By Steve Hughes, ComputerWorld
3 Myths Clouding CIO Judgment

5. No more IT worries.

People move their servers/applications to a cloud environment (IaaS or PaaS) and think that everything will be magically backed-up and updated regularly and that multiple server copies will be hosted on redundant servers without them having to ever worry about it again. This is not true. 

By Thoran Rodrigues, TechRepublic 
The Five Big Myths Of Cloud Computing

6. You need new hardware to deploy a cloud.

The best cloud solutions can be deployed on your existing X86 hardware - increasing server utilisation and performance. What's more, you can convert old servers into additional compute nodes - increasing your processing capacity.

By Gerry Carr, IT Pro Portal
7 Stubborn Myths About Cloud Computing

7. The public cloud is the most inexpensive way to procure IT services.

Delivery from the public cloud is not always the cheapest than that delivered by internal IT. For resources that are needed constantly, enterprises can actually reduce costs by leveraging other cloud models, such as shared resources delivered via a private cloud.

Busting the five myths of cloud computing

8. Cloud computing will put my job at risk.

In reality, cloud computing won't displace many jobs in enterprise IT, but IT roles and responsibilities will change over time. 

By David Linthicum, CTO and founder of Blue Mountain Labs and an internationally recognized industry expert and thought leader 
4 Cloud Myths that Won't Go Away

9. Transform the organization overnight.

Each organization needs to find its own cloud, and this should be a rigorous, perhaps time-consuming process. Discussion of particular cloud strategies and vendors should come at the end of this process. First, figure out what you want to do and why.

By Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Computing Journal
There is Only One Cloud-Computing Myth

10. Cloud computing gives companies of all sizes the opportunity to quickly scale their IT operations.

Moving to the cloud does present a unique set of challenges for organizations of all sizes. With many IT departments now reporting to the CFO, cost often becomes the key consideration during cloud implementations. When looking for the right cloud technologies, CFOs must focus on long-term productivity and value to their companies.

By Dallon Christensen, cfoworld.com
Dispelling the Cloud's Myths

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