Debunk 10 common public cloud myths

My Post (97).pngA range of public cloud misconceptions — including those related to security and cost — give enterprise adopters the wrong idea.

Read on to dispel the myths and get the truth.

Despite the fact that cloud — and its associated management tools — has been around for years, some enterprises are still getting used to the concept. As with most unfamiliar things, misconceptions and rumors spread quickly, which creates problems when developers or IT professionals talk about the possibility of a migration.

Read through 10 of the most common public cloud myths to gain a clearer understanding of what to expect — and sift the truth from the lies.

1. On-prem is always cheaper

If a customer believes the cloud is always more expensive, it’s clear they haven’t done a full total cost of ownership analysis, said Sean Feeney, cloud engineering practice director at Nerdery, an IT consultancy. It’s also likely they have limited visibility and accountability of their own data center and application costs.

“This misconception is sometimes spread by business leaders who have gotten stuck in the cloud migration bubble and, with shortsighted financial targets or other internal pressures, attempted to change or reverse course midstream,” Feeney said.

This myth can also account for some of hybrid cloud’s popularity as a way to test the public cloud waters. If a company is midway through a migration to the public cloud, pushback from executives concerned about costs can stall the migration — thus, a hybrid cloud strategy is born.

2. Cloud is always cheaper

On the other end of the cost spectrum, there’s another misconception that cloud is always less expensive than on-premises deployments.

Some assume the cloud is always cheaper because of the lack of data center hardware and maintenance. This is similar to saying that renting a home is always cheaper than buying one. Sometimes, renting is less costly. But if the buyer plans to stay in the rented home a long time, owning is the better financial decision.

“A lot of people misunderstand cloud pricing. They assume that, because it’s new and really popular, it must be cheap,” said Mike Lloyd, CTO of RedSeal, a security risk scoring platform. Public cloud can be expensive when users buy a fixed amount of computing power for a long period of time. The cloud is best for users who are uncertain about what they will need in the long-term — just like renting a home. – Read more

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