Things Not To Do When Cloud Computing


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. However, very few applications are ready to seamlessly move to the cloud, as most have not been configured to do so yet. Instead, it is recommended to move applications to a managed hosting provider.

It is also important to remember that their business will not instantly be like other cloud-based applications such as Facebook by just switching to the cloud. While I wish this were 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 in small increments slowly. 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 this, 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, not just by its name. Understanding the different cloud service models and which one will be optimal to fulfill a company’s needs is a great idea. Cloud computing can be financially confusing to many. Monthly subscription and IT costs can blindside an organization if there is no monitoring of how much data the company uses, needs, and how the entire network is managed. By following these guidelines, the transition to cloud computing can be somewhat easier.


McKendrick, Joe. (2014). Forbes. 9 ‘Worst Practices’ To Avoid With Cloud Computing. Retrieved from




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