Afraid of the Cloud? Should I or Shouldn’t I?

If there is one certainty in the IT market today – it’s that everyone has an opinion on Cloud computing even within the IT community the opinions are varied and contradictive.

Costs benefits are bantered around as one of, or the main point to invoke action while reliability and security concerns are real and valid reasons to take a breath and review.

Businesses are still fairly new to the cloud computing phenomenon, it’s a new area and anyone jumping in, even now, is still considered an early adopter.

Early adopters know they will get new services but they also have to deal with the ‘teething’ problems and thus the hype is enough to make any business owner or executive nervous.

Let us take in the facts – Cloud computing is a brand new experience for everyone. Cloud operators don’t have all the answers as they just don’t know what’s hiding around the corner until the actual issue comes up. Every Cloud operator will have its own problems; the real issue is how fast they can fix them.

Another issue is the hidden costs – sure on the surface there are strong arguments regarding some costs saving however there are a number of other factors which creep in and often the ‘promised saving’ is not realised.

Having said all this and while companies should be cautious about the Cloud, you shouldn’t ignore its potential and advantages.

It is a technology that will continue to grow and refine – just need to make sure you do your research and understand if and when the benefits help your company.

Have your IT department or person review all aspects of the proposed advantages and also research other Cloud providers to make sure you have selected the best option – and always make sure the business case stacks up.

As with all business cases there are a number of aspects that need to be considered, understood and measurable. Some examples; how will staff and management access the application from the Cloud – what happens when the Cloud is off line? Will all existing applications you use now actually work in the Cloud or will you have to change the application – then what will be the impact on staff through training etc and etc.

Then have your IT department identify some applications that have lower security implications for your business, plan out the process of the migration and then move the applications – a gradual transition is always the recommended way. At this stage monitor the results to your business. In order to measure real feedback you should monitor the project over an extended period of time.

Another important reality to keep in mind is that when you hear about the success stories of businesses moving to the Cloud – a very high percentage of these are under what is called a hybrid model.
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I will leave you with quote of the Month:
“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.”
— Charles Kettering,
American inventor