Migrating to the cloud is a big move for any business. Businesses move work to the cloud to improve productivity with new procedures and to achieve significant cost and time-savings. However, effective cloud management is required to utilize the benefits that moving to the cloud brings. Because of this, many businesses approach the transition with apprehension.
Cloud management is complex. And with complexity comes a lack of understanding, which has created several off-putting myths. The cloud is the innovative next step for businesses – but those less inclined to take risks fear the potential issues the transition could bring.
This article will look at some of the most common cloud management myths and help to quell your fears regarding them. The cloud isn't as scary as it might seem.
Myth #1: Using the Public Cloud is Always Cheaper Than Your Own Data Center
There’s a perceived notion that transitioning to the cloud automatically means you’ll be saving money, but this isn’t necessarily true. It's important to think about the cost of the cloud relatively – you’re expanding your current environment into a limitless vault of data storage and resources. There will be costs – from implementation to training and provisioning. But these are all investments.
So, while not always cheaper, there are numerous ways to save money with public cloud. Rather than overspending on unnecessary hardware, businesses pay for what they use thanks to the service's scalable nature. A business can see lower operating costs by sharing server infrastructure space, as opposed to constantly running their own servers - whether using them or not. This is all part of cloud cost optimization. Enterprises can also save money on energy costs with cloud-computing. Sharing the infrastructure means better optimization and less energy spent overall.
When utilizing PaaS, you're only paying for the time when the code is executing. The scalability of public cloud means it can support different periods of demand and can be stretched if needed. Apps can be designed to meet your base case, not your peak. This means you only need to stretch the budget when absolutely necessary to deliver on all your services, then wind down when peak usage ends.
Employees can work faster and smarter thanks to effective cloud management, while teams are also being streamlined to help save costs further. Teams are given tools to work within new environments, supporting a cloud-focused infrastructure. Companies can also control and manage developer usage of the public cloud to ensure they aren't overspending on power.
Myth #2: The Cloud Isn’t Secure Enough to Store Valuable Data
With the number of high profile data breaches in the news, it’s unsurprising that one of its chief issues is a perceived lack of security.
The truth is that cloud providers take security exceptionally seriously. Gartner reports that through 2020, cloud infrastructure will suffer at least 60% fewer security incidents than traditional data centers. CSPs are likely to be more secure than your own data center. But, they only secure the data center - securing the public cloud is dependant on how your configure infrastructure. Essentially, the cloud provider will give you the physical security, but your digital assets require their own security.
Without proper staff training and management, you're at risk of leaving the public cloud door completely open, inviting potential security threats. Cloud providers give people the tools necessary to defend their data, but if no one knows how to secure it, it won't matter.
While it's important to keep your data secure, there needs to be a balance - you don't want to hinder performance with excessive governance of your public cloud.
Myth #3: Cloud Migration is Fast
Introducing new changes to a business is never going to be easy. This is because there’s normally scope for error, or unintended challenges that affect the move. And it’s true that legacy systems don’t always migrate well to the cloud – the transition can be tricky to manoeuvre.
So, when it comes to migrating to the cloud, it’s important to know what’s coming ahead of the move. Building a migration strategy can help minimize risk. Splitting your migration process into easily manageable stages allows you to factor in cost, training, time, and more. When it comes to modernizing your legacy systems, some people use the refactoring solution - taking a monolithic app and modernizing it to implement a more service-focused infrastructure.
One issue companies run into when migrating is that of lock-in versus functionality. Choosing to leverage with a particular vendor might not be appealing, but working solely with one dedicated vendor means your company receives full functionality.
But it’s not just about the migration – once you’ve made the change, the benefits of being on the cloud can only be achieved through careful analysis of your cloud environment to limit downtime, optimize costs, and ensure both compliance and security.
Myth 4#: The Cloud is Costing Jobs
It’s a popular idea that because working in the cloud means a rise in automated processes, the cloud is costing IT jobs. In fact, the number of professionals working in IT is set to rise by 22% throughout 2020. Despite that, an incredible number of roles are going unfilled.
The cloud skills gap is a real problem in today's IT market. Working with the cloud requires people with technical expertise, who can facilitate growth and development using the cloud but there's a disparity between the skills required in the industry and the skills being taught in an academic setting, leaving thousands of workers lacking the knowledge desperately needed.
These jobs have seen significant growth in the last ten years, and yet 38% of enterprise IT leaders struggle to recruit talent with the required cloud skills for modern business. While it might seem as though jobs are being lost to automation, the truth is that new roles are waiting to be filled in their place.
Businesses who struggle to bridge their skills gap can supplement it with a dedicated third party. Working alongside your business, their skill and knowledge supplements your business to the point where you overcome the gap.
Myth 5#: Using the Cloud is Bad for the Environment
Virtualisation software means data centers are actually becoming energy efficient. The reason being is that while a single data center may burn more energy, that one center is hosting numerous businesses. This makes it almost twice as efficient as the alternative. These consolidated cloud data centers not only save on energy, but also cut pollution as well.
Amazon Web Services have pledged to power their data centers purely with renewable energy. Other companies, like Apple, power their data centers entirely by solar energy. Meanwhile, Microsoft has reduced water usage in their data centers by switching to air cooling. Efforts are being made to ensure that the cloud remains as environmentally friendly as possible.
A Guiding Hand
At Cass, we’re experienced in cloud management, and can offer a guiding hand for optimizing the public cloud environment. We offer services that help you manage the cost and security of your public cloud space, while helping you understand the benefits of leveraging public cloud platforms.
Topics: Cloud Management Services