Cloud computing has become a dominant force in the technology sector, in part because the cloud provides the features and functionalities that organizations need for digital transformations. Although cloud adoption is beneficial, many companies are reluctant to migrate their resources and workloads to this environment. For years, wary adopters have shared a number of myths and misconceptions about the cloud that make others unduly worried.
Read on to explore a few of the biggest cloud computing myths that have persisted over the years and why they are misconceptions.
Myth: It’s all about the money.
Money is one of the primary motivating factors behind many organizations’ decisions to pursue cloud adoption. However, it shouldn’t be the only reason why your company chooses to move computing resources to the cloud. Your cloud strategy should address other organizational goals you would like to achieve. Do you want to expedite your time to market? Do you need a more agile digital environment?
Looking past the potential monetary benefit of cloud adoption is also important because the cloud isn’t always synonymous with cost savings. It still requires planning and work on the part of your IT team if you wish to see long-term savings in the cloud. Employing cloud services, which are available through pay-as-you-go models, may mean that you end up spending more overall.
However, the cloud is often more cost-efficient and can really save you money if you need to scale up or down quickly—you won’t have to pay upfront for servers or computing power you may need in the future, but which won’t be used until then. The cloud allows you to only pay for what you need. Still, in some situations it may be more cost-effective to maintain your own on-premises data center. It all depends on your particular needs.
In addition, you need to look at any money you spend on the cloud as it relates to the overall value of these services. If the end goal of your strategy is to grow your business, you may find that paying more in the cloud is justified in meeting that goal.
Myth: The cloud robs IT workers of their jobs.
IT workers shouldn’t worry about the cloud taking over all their responsibilities. Skilled IT workers are still needed to devise a cloud strategy, determine security requirements, vet prospective vendors, negotiate contracts, select which workloads will move to the cloud and which will remain, plan the migration, educate and train the rest of your staff, and so much more.
As cloud adoption has increased in recent years, many organizations have even faced a growing cloud skills gap. The cloud demands skilled IT workers now more than ever before. Your cloud provider may handle the majority of maintenance responsibilities, but you’ll still need in-house staff to handle the duties mentioned above, as well as any day-to-day needs. And because it is unlikely you’ll move all your workloads to the cloud, some of your IT staff will still need to manage and maintain your on-premises servers and data centers.
In some cases, however, your IT staff will find that they no longer need to perform certain tasks. Even so, this is no reason to downsize your team. The cloud presents a unique opportunity for your IT workers to focus on mission-critical projects that will move your organization forward.
Myth: Cloud migration will be over in a flash.
Some organizations approach cloud migration with the idea that they can simply move their infrastructure quickly and begin reaping the rewards. However, cloud adoption requires you to take a hands-on role in the process. You must thoroughly research and develop a strategy that will make your cloud transition go smoothly. To approach migration without a plan is not only inefficient, but it can also put your organization at risk of security breaches.
Myth: Cloud migration will take too long.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, many organizations believe that cloud migration takes too long to be worth it. A lengthy adoption process means far too much downtime that could cut into profits.
However, although cloud migration certainly requires planning, it doesn’t have to be an onerous process. To expedite implementation, consider working alongside an experienced managed service provider (MSP) or hosting provider. These companies can assist you in crafting a migration plan that will take as little time as possible, with minimal downtime.
Myth: We’ll only need one cloud.
New cloud adopters often make the mistake of thinking that the cloud is a one-size-fits-all remedy for all of their computing issues. In truth, there are a vast array of cloud deployment models your organization could use: multi-cloud, hybrid cloud, and so on. Your particular needs regarding your data and workloads should dictate the cloud setup you choose.
Since computing landscapes have become so diverse, businesses have begun to expand their cloud environments to include much more than a single cloud. According to RightScale, organizations rely on an average of five clouds in total, typically using a mix of both public and private clouds.
Myth: We need to go all-in or not at all.
You don’t need to move your organization’s entire IT infrastructure to the cloud to reap the benefits. Many organizations make the mistake of migrating every single file, application, or workload to the cloud, only to find that the cloud isn’t a good fit for everything.
It’s imperative to approach cloud migration by looking closely at everything you’re considering for the move. Going piece by piece will help you sort your applications and workloads into those that will benefit from migration and those that should remain on premises. If you ultimately want to move as much as possible to the cloud, you should plan for a phased migration. This will make it easier to move mission-critical resources with less risk.