Cloud computing implementation can be wrought with pitfalls, but many individuals and businesses are finding that the benefits far outweigh the struggles. Others maintain we’re getting too big for our britches.
Look, this is still a pretty new science! Some of the big providers of cloud computing have worked to refine their services into a more predictable and reliable technology.
But we have to acknowledge that while there are definitely benefits to the implementation of cloud computing, there are still many struggles that persist.
Lack of Regulation
While some countries have begun to tackle this issue with organized standards organizations, there is still a decided lack of regulatory control over what is required of cloud computing service providers.
This is hardly surprising given the nature of the internet as a free speech zone– traditionally free from oversight.
But this can be problematic for companies. Without Big Brother to cut out the baddies, businesses have to be extra-careful when selecting their cloud computing service providers. The only way to protect themselves is to go over their cloud computing SLA (service level agreement) with a fine-toothed comb. Many do not. And they can end up paying a hefty price– not only in monetary terms. The cost of losing information and the downtime between IT changeovers can cause a lot of stress on personnel.
Some argue that this lack of regulation can be addressed successfully, and maybe it can. But it’s a complicated issue. As countries becomes more and more integrated via what has truly become a “world-wide web”, jurisdiction and enforcement will also become increasingly difficult to define.
Although you might say that this market will become the epitome of capitalism. In a regulatory free environment, services will thrive or fail based on their track records alone.
Cloud computing implementation can be a bit of a trade off between security and efficiency. It seems that the world is “drinking the juice” across the board and throwing caution to the wind! But actually, it’s kind of understandable. It can be difficult not to get caught up in the cloud computing hype!
In the past, we’ve presented several articles that have discussed the disadvantages of cloud computing, and security is always mentioned. The implementation of a cloud computing strategy will almost inevitably involve a concession in security, or at the very least, a shift in how it’s managed.
It’s easy to dwell on how difficult cloud computing implementation can be. But the truth is, the IT industry is booming because of it! Think of everything that has happened in recent years– streaming videos, navigation programs, app development… the list could go on and on. Many predict cloud computing will continue to be one of the primary drivers, if not THE primary driver of IT revenues in the coming years.
Through the implementation of cloud computing, businesses can streamline and equalize their computing operations, and manual backups become a thing of the past.
So despite the problems, it’s no wonder that many choose to go ahead with cloud computing anyway!
It’s important for businesses and individuals to know what their getting into, especially when it comes to computing in the cloud. Since (as we discussed) there aren’t a lot of hard standards in place to protect consumers, it’s really up to everyone to do their due diligence when selecting a provider.
It will also help to have an idea of what you want to accomplish by moving to the cloud. What are you in it for? Data retention? Accessibility?
It’s important to know what your priorities are so that when the time comes, you know how to explain yourself to the service representative. Furthermore, your best offense will be that cloud computing SLA — Make sure your priorities are delineated in your agreement. If you do, your chances at a successful (and pleasant) cloud computing implementation will be far greater!