This isn’t about myths of epic proportions where heroes slay multi-headed monsters, this is much more important! These myths about the cloud are mostly due to a lack of understanding, but they slow down the technology industry, impedes innovation, and induce a fright that distracts us from progress. These are the top myths of the cloud:
Security is a hot topic, so it’s no wonder why people are afraid that the cloud isn’t secure. The cloud is still fairly new, and that's always a scary proposition in technology, but now we have the stick time and the data to show that the security really works. We actually wrote a blog about this topic last month regarding AWS’ Cloud services. AWS has in the past completed multiple SAS70 Type II audits and has PCI DSS Level 1 and HIPPA compliance, just to name a few.
- Since the Cloud is Automated, No Support is Needed
Unfortunately even the best automation requires some regular maintenance to guard against software rot. If you’re an expert in cloud computing, then you will only need minimal support after migration to the cloud. However, non-experts may need additional help keeping up with the ever changing and improving new services released by AWS on a continuous basis.
- Cloud is Taking Away Jobs
Totally false. Cloud computing is creating more than 13 million jobs worldwide and is a booming industry that is expecting tremendous growth. In fact, by 2018, 59% of total cloud workloads will be SaaS.
- Cloud Migration is a Hassle
If you are working with a cloud provider that is new to the game, then it might be a hassle. However, if you work in partnership with an experienced provider like Riptide Software, it can all be pain-free.
- Cloud isn’t Green
Did you know that on-site data centers use twice as much more power than is actually needed? It also is significantly reducing carbon emissions according to a recent study. How much carbon emissions? As much as removing four million passenger vehicles by 2020.
- Cloud Technology Just Started
In the ‘50s mainframe computers were so big that they occupied an entire room! Due to the cost of maintaining these mainframes, businesses couldn’t afford to purchase them. The solution was, time sharing, in which multiple users shared access to data and CPU time. This was the premise of cloud computing.
In the ‘70s IBM released an operating system called Virtual Machine (VM). This VM allowed admins to have multiple virtual systems on a physical node. The VM operation system took the time sharing model and ran with it. In addition, most of the basic functions of any virtualization software you see nowadays can be traced back to VMs.
One of the first milestones of cloud computing was the arrival of salesforce.com in ‘99. Then AWS came about in 2002. In 2006 Amazon introduced Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) as a commercial web service. EC2 let small companies rent computers on which they could run their own applications.
While we addressed some common cloud computing myths, it doesn’t mean more aren’t out there. Businesses need to match their requirements to the right cloud deployment based on their needs and expectations. If you are looking for more information about Amazon, Amazon WorkSpaces, or any of Riptide’s Cloud Services, drop us a line! Or if you are in the CFL area, come to our next AWS Meet Up to discuss how the cloud can benefit your organization!