Cloud computing has become indispensable to businesses as of late.

It does not matter what shape or form it is in – public, private, hybrid – they’re morphed together now. A survey of 213 executives showed that there is now less concern for the origins of cloud services, as the attention has shifted towards the expanding of a business, as well as the delivery of competitive advantages.

However, it is easy for cloud computing to seem to be the remedy to all IT ills.

Here are the five misconceptions about cloud computing.

  1. My current computer systems will work just as well in the cloud as they do today.

    Unfortunately, it is not. A network requires servers that can be set up either locally or in the cloud. However, servers in the cloud are shared, and that usually causes a performance overhead. This performance hit could severely impact specialized industry systems designed for on-site servers. In layman’s terms, you do not have control over when that might happen.

  2. My current means of working with very large sets of data will be the same, in the cloud.

    This is, in fact, untrue. The speed of the connection between where you access your data and where it’s stored in the cloud might not be as swift as the speed you’re accustomed to with an on-site server.

  3. Applications I’m used to using throughout my business will work seamlessly after their support systems go to the cloud.

    Not true as well. Using the cloud to help host any application also means that you have to move all of its supporting elements into the cloud. While this shift can be quite favorable to your business, it can also cause productivity to grind to a halt, if your access to the cloud is interrupted in any way.

  4. The only way to keep hackers from breaking into the cloud is to build my own.

    It’s not that simple. In fact, the more attacks a cloud sustains, the more it becomes secure. This assists the engineers monitoring and protecting the cloud to help identify the weak spots and correct them. And as your security needs expand, any increase in resources are directed towards securing your cloud, and this in return can prove to be quite advantages, as it helps you save in price as well as protection.

  5. All I need is a cloud to save money on all my IT woes.

    Whoa, not so fast there. While the cloud is able to easily adjust to all your computing and budgeting needs, focusing on the cost alone, will prove to quite disastrous. If there is no further inquiry into other new cloud technologies, you could easily diminish your return on the cloud investment, after you migrate.

In conclusion, while the Cloud may seem to be the cure to all IT ills, it can also become a thorn in your side. Don’t let the common misconceptions of Cloud computing fool you.