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Cloud Computing Myths

Top 10 Cloud Computing Myths dispelled by Matrixforce.

Cloud computing is characterized either by hype and exaggeration or fear and skepticism. Let's take a look at the realities around these myths:

  1. Cloud computing is unreliable. Manufacturers like Microsoft and Google offer a 99.9% Service Level Agreement (SLA) using billions of dollars of capital in multiple geo-dispersed data centers that generally far exceeds what most customers can achieve at their own facilities.
  2. Cloud computing is unsecure. Again, few if any customers have best practices in place like major manufacturers for SAS 70 Type II, CyberTrust, SOX, and Federal Security approval.
  3. Cloud computing is not private. All Microsoft Online Services allow you, in most all cases, to comply with privacy requirements, depending on jurisdiction and industry requirements. Each of the Microsoft Online Services was built to adhere to Microsoft internal privacy standards, as described in the Microsoft Privacy Guidelines for Developing Software Products and Services" document. google will only scan or index user content in google apps in order to provide features that will directly benefit users, or to help maintain safety and security of systems. except when your users choose to publish information publicly, google apps data is not part of the general google.com index.
  4. Cloud computing transfers ownership of data. Read all agreements carefully, but data ownership for Microsoft and Google remains with the organization or individual user.
  5. Cloud computing offers no cost savings. While offerings vary, the main tenant of cloud computing is escaping the significant cost of most computing infrastructure, upgrades, and maintenance for a fractional monthly subscription.
  6. Cloud computing is the same stuff we have with a new name. Cloud computing doesn't mean virtualization of servers in a data center or moving servers to be hosted offsite. Cloud computing is shared technology infrastructure services, offering on-demand and pay-as-you-go access.
  7. Cloud computing means using a browser only. Virtually all Cloud Computing is a hybrid offering both the standard use of Outlook or web mail as an example with Microsoft Online Services.
  8. Cloud computing means no more servers. The reality is at least one or more servers will remain for centralized security and policy, as well as for data or applications that cannot be moved to the cloud.
  9. Cloud computing is only for small business. Medium-sized organizations and large enterprises tend to benefit more from increased security and reliability and reduced cost.
  10. Cloud computing offers no role for IT. Like most changes in business process and technology, job duties tend to shift as a win-win for both customers and IT personnel by allowing more focus on helping the organization and customer service and less on maintenance, updates, and backup.