Companies historically have used physical servers and hardware for data storge for many years. Making major changes in technology infrastructure is often approached with skepticism as the risks are considered—while many people have transitioned the cloud in recent years and had positive results for their business, it is still an unproven solution in the eyes of many IT professionals.
Moving to the cloud—a technology used to access data stored on hardware via a network connection or Internet—is sometimes viewed skeptically as the initiator of a list of problems. However, you are most likely using cloud technology on a regular basis without even being aware of it. That begs the question: How much do you really know about Cloud Computing?
Types of Cloud Technology
Public cloud computing is the traditional model of deploying computing resources to the user. The cloud vendor provides resources such as processing power, storage space and memory through an Internet-based application. Public clouds provide virtually unlimited access from any location, using a laptop or compatible mobile device. The public cloud is popular with businesses and provides flexibility for growth and expansion at any time, with models such as:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
- Storage as a Service (STaaS)
Hybrid cloud computing combines a company’s hardware with the cloud service provider’s resources. With this model, a company’s software applications merge with services hosted by the vendor. The hybrid model of computing requires a company to purchase software or hardware to interface with the cloud provider and to create and access data. Hybrid cloud computing in Boston and other areas allows reluctant companies to adopt the technology and “get their feet wet” at a lower cost and with less risk than moving to the cloud entirely.
Private cloud allows companies the ability to increase their datacenter’s efficiency and security using virtualization. With this service, cloud environments are created in a company's own datacenter; users can access hosted applications at the touch of a button, and create new services from existing ones.
The data never leaves your company’s network in private clouds—this allows companies to have maximum control over their data. While government regulations prohibit some businesses from using traditional forms of cloud computing in Boston and other areas, the private cloud delivers compliant cloud services as all data is kept onsite.
Proprietary Application Concerns
Is The Cloud Risky?
A common misconception among cloud spectators is the amount of risk involved. Many executives and IT professionals view the cloud as risky compared to traditional server-based infrastructure. However, no technology solution exists without inherent risk and any issue in the cloud is fully addressable. Data can never be created and stored without risk; it can only be protected using safeguards and strict security protocols to mitigate loss.
While moving certain applications to the cloud may prove more valueable for an organization, some companies store such sensitive information in their databases that it should always remain on premise. For compliance reasons, companies should deploy to the cloud in full accordance with local, state and federal regulations.
When it’s time to grow and expand into different countries or regions, what if the cloud service provider doesn’t serve that area? How will you access your data if you switch providers and the new applications are incompatible with the previous applications?
Vendor lock-in is an issue that will need to be approached upfront. Many businesses realize the substantial cost associated with having their data locked— a.k.a. stored in a proprietary format which is no longer accessible. With cloud implementation, a company pays for specific tools, resources and protocols which could be expensive to change when switching providers or expanding. Diligence in researching vendors is always important; it’s importance to find a provider that actually meets your company’s objectives, and that you feel secure partnering with for the near future.
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