Confused by the cloud? Join the club. Sure, there’s a lot of interest and attention surrounding the cloud, but with all of that buzz comes a fair amount of misinformation. For organizations, the confusion often translates into skepticism and slowed adoption. To move past the uncertainty and successfully embrace the value and potential of cloud technologies, organizations must be able to separate cloud fact from cloud fiction.
Hearing people talk of “moving to the cloud” as if they were moving to a new city plays a big role in perpetuating the idea of cloud as a place. In reality, the cloud is a radically new way of delivering and consuming IT services.
Fact: The cloud is a more agile and efficient methodology for IT service delivery.
Despite what some traditional IT vendors might suggest, the cloud is not about locking organizations into proprietary, all-in-one solutions. Instead, an open cloud architecture offers the flexibility to select the virtualization, networking and storage solutions that work best for each organization’s requirements.
Fact: The cloud is about openness, choice and flexibility.
When it comes to understanding the differences between server virtualization and cloud technology, the water gets extra muddy. And the confusion isn’t surprising because – although virtualization can be an important component of the cloud – it is not a requirement. In fact, some of the world’s largest cloud deployments do not use server virtualization.
Fact: A true cloud architecture is a new way to manage infrastructure resources.
Many organizations believe they must choose between public and private clouds. Thankfully, the cloud is not an island and organizations don’t have to start their cloud journey by signing up for the technology equivalent of a one-way ticket to some remote locale. With a hybrid approach, companies can select the best of public and private cloud technologies for added flexibility and functionality.
Fact: Holistic cloud strategies span and connect both private and public clouds.
Traditional IT processes, which are not exactly known for being particularly speedy or agile, are being up-ended by the cloud. With individual business units and end users leading the charge in consuming cloud services, many C-level executives are busy trying to catch up.
Fact: Agile users are driving cloud strategies from the bottom up.
To recap: Cloud technology is a complicated topic surrounded by its fair share of misconceptions and myths. By seeking out accurate information and developing a true understanding of the cloud, organizations considering a cloud strategy can stop fearing the risks and start reaping the rewards.