Cloud has been one of the most revolutionary discoveries for a while now. Everyone is talking about how migrating your business to the cloud is the only way to ensure a digital future for the business. On paper, it may seem an ideal solution compared to having a data center. But things are not always that simple. Simply, just switching your data to the cloud does not mean that every problem will be solved by itself. Cloud computing has many advantages. But there are a few things to know if you are thinking of switching to the cloud.
We are going to talk about seven reasons why shifting to the cloud could be a very bad idea for you in this article.
When you are using a cloud-based system, you are entrusting the security of your data to a third party. It's like sharing your secrets with someone and expecting them to not break your trust. Now, this depends on how good is the person at keeping secrets. Similarly, in the case of clouds, the best provider will always use the latest encryption techniques to ensure the safety of the client’s data. However, such a reliable system also fails sometimes. We have all witnessed such things happening in the past. One of the examples of this lack of security is when images of celebrities get leaked from Apple’s iCloud. You risk having all of your vital information damaged, lost, or stolen if you hire an inexperienced provider.
Common risks involved are data loss/theft, data leakage, account hijacking, technology vulnerabilities, etc.
Cloud storage is taking off, and the majority of the applications that were already in the market were not designed with the feature of the cloud in mind. Even if these applications have been virtualized, this does not imply that they are ready for the cloud or can provide the same level of service as before.
Productive pieces of software, say like Photoshop, are not designed to run on the cloud and thus have limited functionalities over the cloud. Also, such heavy software programs if used on the cloud deals with a lot of ups and downs of data. Thus, if you have a slow internet connection and your productivity will decrease.
When working on a cloud, you access the server and then do your work. There may be times when the cloud server is down. This is will lead to zero productivity in your business. Cloud often faces reliability issues, and even the best vendors experience it once in a while. So if you are thinking of switching to the cloud, you may want to think of a backup plan for days when the server is down.
A strong, capable network will be required to use the cloud. Businesses must ensure that they have the bandwidth and capacity to manage increased server demands. Otherwise, operating your program and accessing documents, as well as other online services such as internet browsing and video streaming, will bog down the entire system.
People believe cloud storage to be cheaper, which is not completely correct. It's like buying and renting a house. Renting a house is obviously cheaper than buying one. But only for the start, as time passes, and you pay the recurring rent, you realize you could have just bought the house. Similarly, the cloud may seem cheaper because you don't have to spend money on building your own data center, but in the long run, it will cost you more. Those recurring cloud charges, which are increasing as the providers provide new features and stability. A reliable one will cost you more. Also, do not forget the high-speed internet, which will be needed to efficiently utilize the cloud. So, the recurring Cloud and internet bills will be more than building your own data center.
Lack of support from your provider is something that you might often face, as a cloud user. Some do have good customer support, but others could just leave into the cold. Again, a cloud that has good customer support will charge you more than someone with bad customer support. You cannot risk choosing a cheaper provider. Imagine that tomorrow is a big day for your business, and then your server does not respond. You cannot do anything about it. That’s the worst part about the cloud. Nothing is under your control. You would just have to sit back and wait for the provider to fix it.
Whichever cloud provider you choose will own and manage the cloud environment for you. You being the customer will have minimal control. You will have control only over the applications and the services operated on the cloud. You will not be able to access anything on the server end. Say, for example: updating or managing the firmware.
This will have a great impact on the quality of your cloud experience. The right vendor will have overall good cloud service, such as - good cloud server, meaning less server downtime. Also, excellent phone customer support. Now, I am emphasizing the word ‘phone’ because most of the providers do not provide support over the phone for basic packages. Also, the provider shouldn’t have a reputation for leaking customer data. There are many more points to consider before picking up a vendor.
Remember, all the above issues are directly related to the vendor. Some of which the vendor has no control over. And for some, they charge extra. But your experience will greatly depend on the provider you choose.
The biggest setback of the cloud is you never know what problem you are going to face. If it's just the server or hackers playing with your data. Hackers have always been there, and they are not going anywhere. With the cloud still an emerging technology, new advances will be made, and new loopholes will keep on appearing. Keep in mind that cloud computing is not something all bad. It has a lot of advantages too, but not everything is meant for everyone. One needs to go through the positives and negatives before choosing the right option for their business. No one should believe that just switching to the cloud will give their business a boost, there are many things that should be considered before choosing cloud or going with non-cloud.