The benefits of cloud computing are many, including scalability and better security. But there can be downsides. Watch for a few things.
You would think jumping from one cloud to another is no big deal. It can be complicated to move from one supplier to another. Do you backup large amounts of data or applications to the cloud?
Moving that data or those applications will take quite a bit of time and effort. The transfer can take days or even years. The main reason is cloud providers use many different types of platforms that won’t speak to each other.
Cloud computing is not as inexpensive as you think. A recent survey of IT professionals indicated spend and cost overruns to be top problems, including recruitment and cost for cloud professionals.
Cloud performance can get sluggish. The causes vary, including regional outages and server problems. The best way to stay ahead of performance problems is to monitor all your systems, applications, infrastructure, and network.
The location of your data can be sketchy. You can’t assume since your cloud provider is in the United States, that’s where your data resides. Your cloud provider’s servers can be anywhere in the world.
Choosing a reputable cloud provider for your business will help avoid the problems we discussed above. Get more than one quote for provider services and pay close attention to service pricing. Selecting the wrong cloud provider can cost your business time and money in more ways than one.
Author: Kris Keppeler, a writer who finds technology fascinating and loves humor. She writes for Crossing Genres on Medium.com and Does This Happen to You? on Channillo. Award-winning podcast producer who enjoys telling stories. Follow her @KrisKKAria on Twitter or on LinkedIn.