The world of computing has seen a huge paradigm shift in recent times. This shift has been from in-house servers to cloud computing. While the companies who have made the switch are all gung ho about their adaptation of new technology, there are still some companies which are not sure about the viability of the cloud.
There are top six reasons your company still hasn’t ‘gone to the cloud’
Security has to be the biggest reason because of which your firm hasn’t yet made the switch. Despite the huge success of cloud computing there are still some concerns as to how the hosts will deal with the hackers and if the data is safe enough. Though physical security provided by cloud is unmatched, the concerns regarding hacks and denial of service still lingers upon. The data on the cloud is very much prone to attack and if a malicious hacker gets access to some sensitive information, he can wreak havoc in the company’s fortune and future avenues.
The speed of the transaction depends upon the speed of the internet, so transfer of large data can prove a troublesome job in cloud. In the case of in-house servers the transfer is very fast but if the internet connection is not up to the scratch the whole purpose of cloud is defeated.
The information on cloud can be accessed anytime, anywhere but sometimes there is dysfunction in the service. This dysfunction can be due to power outages internet dropping or other cloud related technical issue. Even the best of providers and hosts face these issues but the firms which haven’t incorporated cloud give this a big reason.
Latency refers to the time difference in getting the required information after it has been requested. In-house servers have very short latency as everything is on the system already, but in case of cloud the quality of the service provided, location of cloud servers, internet connection, weather, all play an important role. Also if the usage increases, latency also takes a hit.
Getting hold of the concept of cloud is one thing but to understand every activity leading to a successful operation is very difficult. One cannot possibly know what and where the information is stored. The companies are at host’s mercy for the information as he owns all the information and provides it with the data it wants. To overcome this SLA competence should be stronger and it should be made sure that very critical information is not hosted on the cloud.
The integration of existing systems and hardware with the cloud is a big issue companies face when making the move. Even the basic hardware equipment’s like printers, e-mail, mobile devices all require integration techniques to make it work in tandem with the cloud. This integration cost somewhat provides an anticlimax. The gloss of cost saving is also reduced as integration takes up a lot of capital.
In the end we can say that with all the good things of cloud, comes along some serious pitfalls which need consideration and attention. If not given so, cloud computing will do more harm than good and I am sure no company would want that.
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Renuka Rana, Editor at Hosted QuickBooks DotCom spends considerable part of her time in writing about technology including cloud hosting, Hosted PBX and cloud hosting. When not writing, she loves to dig deeper into knowing the best and the latest technology in industry.