Top Five Things The Cloud Is Not

11/27/2012 9:22:13 AM

Cloud computing has generated a lot of misconceptions. Listed here are the top most wrongly described roles of the cloud.

Enterprises are seeing a clear and deliberate shift from the PC era to the cloud era. While the cloud represents a new way for IT to deliver and end users to consume - IT applications and services, this transition also represents a significant change in how applications, services and systems are defined.

The move to cloud computing is perhaps the most important technology disruption since the transition from mainframe to client-server. Indeed, it is the one change that will define the next generation of IT.

Description: Top five things the cloud is not

Top five things the cloud is not

As it is, the movement towards cloud computing has been in play for the last decade. Even so, there continues to be a lot of (mis)information in the marketplace about the cloud. It is thus difficult for organisations to figure out what is real and what is not to help them develop a successful cloud strategy or simply learn about technologies that have been specifically designed and purpose-built to meet this dramatic shift in technology. While it is critical to know what the cloud is, it is just as important to understand what the cloud is not.

1.    Cloud is not a place

People often talk about moving to the cloud as if they were moving to another city. However, the cloud is not a place. In fact, the cloud can be anywhere, in your data centre or someone else’s. Organisations that believe they are moving to a strategy that leaves legacy apps and systems behind are in for a rude awakening. The single most important way for businesses to prepare themselves for the cloud is to understand that the cloud is a more agile, efficient and cost-effective way of delivering, consuming and adopting IT services. By looking at the cloud holistically, organisations can optimise its benefits for their budgets, privacy needs, geographies and work flow.

2.    Cloud is not server virtualisation

Despite what many believe, the cloud is not the same as next-generation server virtualisation. It is not true that by virtualising your data centre, a private cloud is created. On the contrary, that is a gross exaggeration of a description for cloud. There are some fairly stark differences between a server virtualisation environment and true cloud architecture. The former is a technique that allows you to run more than one hardware platform, operating system, storage or network resource on the same hardware. The latter, meanwhile, is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a metered service over a network. While virtualisation can be an important ingredient of the cloud, it is not always a requirement. Google, for example, deployed a cloud architecture that does not use server virtualisation. Instead, a bare metal infrastructure is used.

3.    Cloud is not an island

The debate on public clouds versus private clouds continues till today and it may feel as if enterprises must make a wholesale decision on which way to go. But the cloud is not an island, it is not a place where one puts all of one’s IT services and then loses all interconnectivity and access. The right cloud strategy is one that enables you to have a hybrid approach with the ability to easily connect private and public clouds. With companies now purchasing cloud services from industry leaders despite already having their own cloud solution shows that the market is moving towards a more open, interoperable multi-cloud environment.

4.    Cloud is not top-down

The cloud has upended the traditional IT approach to delivering services. With specific needs to get to market quickly, functional business leaders are consuming cloud services to avoid traditional IT processes. Additionally, end users are also able to gain instant access to infinite pools of IT resources to help test out a new idea, get their job done or even become more agile in their daily work.

With consumerisation of IT driving this new movement, more often than not, users are already on the cloud and C-level offices are just now trying to catch up. Those that embrace this move, sooner rather than later, will learn how to use the cloud as a strategic weapon before their competitors do. In fact, the cloud is a bottoms up phenomenon.

5.    Cloud is not hype

As mentioned at the start, (mis)information may have slowed the progression and adoption of the cloud for some organisations. There are many businesses as well as individuals who are still sceptical of the cloud and believe that it is something that is very far off into the future. The reality is that the cloud is ready now.

Description: Cloud is not hype

Companies considering a move towards the cloud should take every opportunity to learn from others who have already built highly scalable, successful clouds. Built correctly, cloud computing can deliver higher efficiency, limitless scalability and faster deployment of new services to the end-user, giving them the ability to compete with established cloud services, such as Amazon.

Top 10
Review : Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Review : Canon EF11-24mm f/4L USM
Review : Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2
Review : Philips Fidelio M2L
Review : Alienware 17 - Dell's Alienware laptops
Review Smartwatch : Wellograph
Review : Xiaomi Redmi 2
Extending LINQ to Objects : Writing a Single Element Operator (part 2) - Building the RandomElement Operator
Extending LINQ to Objects : Writing a Single Element Operator (part 1) - Building Our Own Last Operator
3 Tips for Maintaining Your Cell Phone Battery (part 2) - Discharge Smart, Use Smart
- First look: Apple Watch

- 3 Tips for Maintaining Your Cell Phone Battery (part 1)

- 3 Tips for Maintaining Your Cell Phone Battery (part 2)
- How to create your first Swimlane Diagram or Cross-Functional Flowchart Diagram by using Microsoft Visio 2010 (Part 1)

- How to create your first Swimlane Diagram or Cross-Functional Flowchart Diagram by using Microsoft Visio 2010 (Part 2)

- How to create your first Swimlane Diagram or Cross-Functional Flowchart Diagram by using Microsoft Visio 2010 (Part 3)
Popular Tags
Microsoft Access Microsoft Excel Microsoft OneNote Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Project Microsoft Visio Microsoft Word Active Directory Biztalk Exchange Server Microsoft LynC Server Microsoft Dynamic Sharepoint Sql Server Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2012 Windows 7 Windows 8 Adobe Indesign Adobe Flash Professional Dreamweaver Adobe Illustrator Adobe After Effects Adobe Photoshop Adobe Fireworks Adobe Flash Catalyst Corel Painter X CorelDRAW X5 CorelDraw 10 QuarkXPress 8 windows Phone 7 windows Phone 8