Clouds

Do you know how something becomes trendy, and then everyone is raving about it and seems unable to get enough of it? After a while though, the heat wears off, and we are (hopefully) ready to appreciate all the sides of the story.

Well, Cloud computing is popular for a reason. It appeals to startups as it frees them from a burden of building up an in-house IT infrastructure; it provides an excellent opportunity for people to work remotely; it is, after all, environmentally friendly — the list can be continued. However, what would happen if we leave all the benefits of Cloud computing, well known for everyone, behind, and try to take a deeper look into the reasons why you might not want work in the clouds?

Take some time to go through the following questions, and if your answers are mostly “no”, you might consider coming down to earth from the clouds.

1. Can you hand over the data you work with to a third party?

Information security is one of the main reasons why Cloud computing is not an option for some companies. Of course, finding a reliable cloud vendor is feasible today, however, the decision to move to clouds is not always taken on the basis of trusting your IT issues in third party hands: there are certain business sectors that cannot afford letting someone else work with their data (banking and finance, healthcare, etc.). If you have seen yourself somewhere in this example, you might want to rethink going into the clouds.

2. Will a Cloud solution benefit your business in terms of cost savings?

Yes, cloud computing can be cost-saving. But the situation can also be the other way round. If your company is growing very fast, will cloud be saving costs for you in a year’s time? Two years’ time? There are a lot of scenarios to think about, and it is only right to try to consider them all with a view to taking an informed decision. For instance, one of our Customers planned to launch software that was to process large amounts of data in on-demand mode. Time-to- market, high performance and scalability were essential. Taking all the options into account, it was decided to go for a Cloud solution. But is this the case for you?

3. Can you handle the case of discontinuation?

“Discontinued products and services are nothing new, of course, but what is new with the coming of the cloud is the discontinuation of services to which people have entrusted a lot of personal or otherwise important data — and in many cases devoted a lot of time to creating and organizing that data. As businesses ratchet up their use of cloud services, they’re going to struggle with similar problems, sometimes on a much greater scale. I don’t see any way around this — it’s the price we pay for the convenience of centralized apps and databases — but it’s worth keeping in mind that in the cloud we’re all guinea pigs, and that means we’re all dispensable. Caveat cloudster,” says Nicholas Carr, an author writing about technology and culture. If you are thinking of implementing a Cloud solution, take into account the expenses of a situation where your Cloud service provider goes out of business. Will you be able to handle it?

4. Are you ready to juggle?

“People talk about how the cloud simplifies things, but for businesses, the cloud can add complications. A company’s cloud strategy may include a single cloud application, cloud services, hosted solutions on a private cloud, public cloud, or any combination. Most large firms have a hybrid cloud approach, which includes all of the above,” says Shoeb Javed, CTO, Worksoft, in an article for Software Magazine. In case you do not run one of the businesses that enjoys the advantages of a simple, straightforward cloud solution, is it worth putting the effort in working out and managing a complicated cloud approach for you?

5. Can you rely on your Internet connection 100%?

We are a part of the Internet generation, and of course all the businesses that work with certain IT operations on a daily basis, choose reliable Internet providers. But no matter how reliable your vendors are, there is always a chance something can go wrong. In case of a broken network connection, what would be your business losses? Is the connection to the world wide web mission-critical for your business? If so, desktop software will definitely be more of a safe choice.

As far as any argument is concerned, there are always some counterarguments. The things mentioned above might not be the case for your business, or you may have a different opinion which could also be true. This article is just something to think of, and hopefully it could be of help for you. We at Itransition will be happy to hear your thoughts — please, do not hesitate to share them with us in the comments below!