5 False Assumptions Every CTO Should Know About Cloud Computing

No doubt, Cloud Computing has brought benefits to the IT industry with its awesome innovations.

Cloud adoption is transforming markets and industries. As both small and large scale firms increase their knowledge of these computing services, many organizations are migrating to the public cloud to enable them to host more complex and sizeable business applications.

Just as some companies are already at their tertiary stage in cloud computing, some companies are just beginning to take their first tentative steps towards the cloud. IT experts predict that, come the year 2020 in just three years, the cloud would be the only permanent computing solution for IT companies and the global computing market would have grown from the present US$35bn to approximately US$150bn.

While the global computing market keeps growing, there are still some common views and opinions that are incorrect, which is based on faulty thinking or understanding about the cloud. And no CTO — being the backbone of their company’s IT solutions — must be ignorant about this.

Since the benefits of a cloud-oriented CTO in an organisation cannot be underrated, I therefore bring to you, five false assumptions every CTO should know about cloud computing:

#1. The Cloud Is Very Expensive

This is a very common imprecise cloud computing assumption that most CTO’s and especially those of small and mid-sized firms make.

If your IT team is capable of managing analyzing and tracking your computing operations, then the cloud is cost effective. Depending on the size and platform of computing, the cloud provides more material benefits than other avenues.

A survey of 1,300 businesses in the United States and United Kingdom released by Rackspace showed that 66 percent found that cloud computing has reduced their IT costs, while 17 percent said it failed to do so. As a matter of fact, most businesses that have decided to move their organization’s data to the cloud, do so because they want to enjoy the cost savings that come with it.

In the long run, comparing the cost of accessibility, flexibility as well as the cost of losing your company’s data and apps to unexpected attacks and natural disasters like: fire, robbery, floods, earthquakes, to only to mention a few. The convenience of the cloud makes it easy to conclude that cloud computing is not in anyway an expensive system to adopt when viewed holistically.

#2. We Must Either Move Everything To The Cloud Or We Move None

This is a widespread misconception, as most company’s CTO believe the cloud is created in such a way that if you’re to adopt the systems there, you’ll have to move all your business data and apps or else you move none.This is not true.

Though, technology exponents would prescribe you moving your business totally to the cloud all at once, the truth is this process does not really need to be instantaneous.

You can adopt the hybrid approach, deciding on moving a single workload at a time. In this way you can gain incremental value from the cloud, with each application and service you migrate, eventually gaining the full benefit over time.

#3. Virtualization And Cloud Computing Are Interchangeable

This is yet another mistake most CTO’s make based on lack of understanding of the concept.

Cloud computing is a technology that enables your company to gain access to multiplex apps and other computing systems via the internet. This practice allows the use of a network and remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. While Virtualization is the creation of a virtual — rather than actual — version of something, such as an operating system, a server, a storage device or network resources. Virtualization is therefore a software that manipulates hardware to add value to cloud computing.

Though virtualisation is a strong base of cloud computing, but virtualisation does not make up the cloud. Yes, virtualization is one of the principal systems that makes cloud computing work efficiently, but the two technologies are not interchangeable.

Large scale firms often use cloud computing and virtualisation together to gain a private cloud server while small or mid sized firms would love to use these technologies separately for better gains.

#4. Once You Are In The Cloud Totally, You’ve Got Nothing To Worry About

This is another false assumption every CTO’s must be aware of. It is also a kind of sauce used by cloud boosters or marketers during advertisements. But the truth is, the cloud is not a panacea for all IT problems.

What happens when your organization’s cloud service provider suffers from a power outage or server issues? Or what happens if there is limited or zero internet access in a location where your company needs vital information? Then your employees wouldn’t be able to gain access to the company’s data stored in the cloud; except if there is a sort of backup on servers or storage devices.

This and a few more are the worries of a total cloud user, that is why it’s recommended to use qualified and well equipped cloud service providers like CloudSigma that execute resource requests in real-time so you can build dynamic cloud infrastructure that always performs.

#5. The Government and Cyber Security Agencies Would Have Routine Access To Your Business Data In The Cloud

This is yet another baseless assumption most CTO’s make about cloud computing.

When you adopt the cloud system of service delivery, only your IT team is granted access to setup accessibility options as well as define the system’s rights and access restrictions.

As a matter of fact, here at CloudSigma, we provide you a high level of cloud privacy in such a way that our data team doesn’t have ungranted right/access to your business data/applications. Your company remains the sole owner of whatever you store in your cloud system. It’s your company’s data, and not the government’s or other cyberbodies! All CloudSigma locations are restricted so no requests can be made by foreign governments or agencies. You control your data compliance.

What Next??

Where do you stand as the CTO of your company?

Do you choose to remain in the group of CTO’s who, due to some faulty and baseless assumptions, have caused some setback to their organisation tech-wise or do you choose to be a refined CTO who through technology innovation in the cloud makes work and productivity better for all your employees?

It is recommended before you launch your business data in the cloud, that you try the service to confirm if it would be the right fit for your business needs or not before moving production systems.

At CloudSigma, you can create a cloud server in less than 30 seconds and get a seven day free trial with no credit card required. Get started today!

Happy computing!

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About Ekaterina Palasheva

Ekaterina is a Marketing Expert at CloudSigma, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Administration at the University of Mannheim. Following her strong interest in technology and the business of technology she is currently contributing to the website content of Cloudsigma and supports all marketing campaigns, analysis and events.

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