While major companies such as Oracle, Microsoft, Google and IBM continue to push cloud computing as the model of the future and tout cost savings as the main benefit, it must be kept in mind that cloud technology is not always an immediate cash saver for organizations.
While companies who are successfully able to migrate to the Cloud Computing, undoubtedly have a bigger competitive advantage. Organizations who make the jump without proper strategy and risk assessment may find themselves in for a rude awakening. The cost of rolling back an implementation of the Cloud may end up costing more than the entire project combined. Many companies make the mistake of not being meticulous about the terms of engagement with the cloud service provider. They must verify that they will be able to match their requirements and provide the level of support required, in case any problems in the transition occur (which inevitably will). As with any project, it pays to see through the hype and do a phased implementation by gradually moving less sensitive operations to the Cloud first, and seeing how the organization adapts, rather than charging full speed ahead.
Cloud computing means insecurity!
Easily the most difficult and controversial issue regarding cloud computing revolves around whether or not it actually increases the level of security for an organization or results in the organization losing control over how its data is handled and protected. The answer is not easy to give, as both sides give solid arguments in their favor. Pro-clouders claim that cloud service providers have increased budgets for information security and have more to lose from a data breach resulting in better controls being implemented.
Naysayers point out that the control a company loses from moving its information to the cloud creates too many risks and access issues to justify the cost. The solution for this issue depends on how the company chooses to interact with the cloud vendor. Choosing a good quality vendor who offers a transparent view of how they will protect the organization’s data and guarantee data integrity is essential. The company must make sure data security and audits are a core part of any contracts or Service Level Agreements (SLA) they establish with the company, and regularly request reports on the security status of the service provider.
With rising infrastructure and energy costs, poor countries are in need of a technological revolution that will help companies to maintain a competitive advantage in the market. Cloud computing may be the platform that any poor country needs to establish its footing in the global marketplace, but to successfully harness its power means having a clear understanding of what cloud computing is, and perhaps more importantly, what it isn’t.
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