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Top 3 Cloud Computing Myths

cloud computingCloud computing has, in many ways, saved the day for IT departments. No longer able to provide the kinds of service levels that their businesses need at a cost they can afford, IT departments have looked to cloud providers to meet their application service needs. For many businesses, this has worked extremely well. Not only do cloud solutions often provide greater scalability and flexibility, but they do so at a cost that is well below an in-house or colocation solution.

Still, there are plenty of misconceptions out there when it comes to cloud computing. Getting a handle on what’s legit and what’s not is important if you’re going to make the most of the cloud. Here are some of the top cloud computing myths:

1.    Cloud computing is always cheaper than colocation. The fact of the matter is that the cloud is cheaper and more efficient for many organizations. However, as one study from a senior engineer at Google recently proved, there are cases where colocation can be a better investment. Typically, these are environments in which utilization tends to stay at peak levels. If your organization has the resources to make full utilization a priority, then you’re probably better off sticking with colocation for the time being.

2.    The full potential of cloud computing is being realized today. While you’ll hear a lot of talk about techniques like “cloud bursting” from industry pundits, in the real world these ideas are slow to be implemented. If, for example, you have a high volume of data that needs to be moved via the WAN in order to use the cloud, it just isn’t quite yet a reality for many organizations.

3.    Cloud computing will eventually replace everything, including the desktop. There is plenty of debate on this one, but the fact remains that we’re not likely to see an application like Google Docs replace Microsoft Office anytime soon. The features and functionality that you get from a real-world desktop application are just too rich to ignore. That said, we are likely to see more hybrid solutions, in which desktop applications are accessed via the cloud, rather than being replaced with cloud applications.

While no one can be certain how it will all play out, what is certain is that cloud computing should only continue to grow from here.

-Cloud Computing: Myths and Realities

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