Research “Barriers to Cloud Computing.” In your initial post for the week, identify barriers to the adoption of cloud computing and answer the following:
Cynthia Harvey’s article, “Top 6 Barriers to Cloud Analytics,” offers a unique glimpse into the many challenges we face with cloud computing, whether they are located in the early stages of choosing to use cloud technology, into the implementation process, or even with maintaining the platform over the years. While cloud computing can offer many benefits to a company, many make the mistake of implementing methods and practices that can cause potential problems. Many businesses choose to switch to cloud computing solely to drive down costs by migrating their applications to it. However, there are very few applications that are ready to move to the Cloud, as most have not been configured to do so yet seamlessly.
It is also important to remember that by just switching to the Cloud, their business will not instantly be similar to other cloud-based applications such as Facebook; while I wish this was true, it takes many complex solutions such as using a wide range of vendors, extensive mainframe technologies, and an abundance of hardware for this to happen. It is suggested to switch to cloud computing slowly in small increments. Security is the next area that needs attention. If appropriately configured, cloud computing can offer enhanced security than most on-site data centers; however, very few organizations know enough to be able to accomplish this. To help prevent any issues, hiring an excellent IT team that fully understands cloud-based security is ideal.
Vendor selection should also be a significant decision. While most of us tend to favor a specific vendor, it is crucial to pick one based on performance, and not just by the name itself. Understanding the different cloud service models and which one will be optimal to fulfill a company’s needs is an excellent idea. Cloud computing can also be financially confusing to many. Monthly subscription and IT costs can blindside an organization if there is not someone who is monitoring how much data the company uses, needs, and how the entire network is managed.
For more barriers to cloud computing, outdated or low-performing technology can render even the most sophisticated cloud platform relatively useless. For example, while much of the computations and resources are derived from the Cloud and not on the physical machine located at the organization, a high-speed and stable internet connection is required, and often, an equally-satisfactory CPU and RAM (amount, speed, type). Regulatory compliance in the Cloud can be a nightmare in itself, leaving industries scrambling to stay compliant with customer credit card information and industry trade secrets; to battle this, proper research and continued maintenance of both your internal and external cloud storage policies should be instated. Finally, as many of us think, trusting another organization to effectively manage all of your data and processes can be daunting, leading lack of trust to be a significant barrier with many businesses and the everyday consumer.
McKendrick, Joe. (2014). Forbes. 9 ‘Worst Practices’ To Avoid With Cloud Computing. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/joemckendrick/2014/01/29/9-worst-practices-to-avoid-with-cloud-computing/#656d56b378c0.
Harvey, C. (2018, May 2). Top 6 Barriers to Cloud Analytics. Retrieved September 14, 2020, from https://www.datamation.com/cloud-computing/slideshows/top-6-barriers-to-cloud-analytics.html.