Cloud computing is on everyone’s minds these days – and it isn’t as light a subject as the title would suggest.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines cloud computing as “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources … that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”
That mouthful makes cloud computing sound like a boon to IT departments everywhere – and it certainly can be. However, cloud computing often creates just as many problems as it solves, forcing companies to develop complex work-arounds or face PR disasters when clouds go down. Here are the top five cloud computing conundrums.
1. Security Concerns Around Cloud Computing
Security of data and access control is always the number one concern of IT professionals considering moving to the cloud. Public clouds involve external ownership and internal IT departments are in the dark about who owns their confidential information or where the hosting servers are located. In Steve Hendrick’s IDC Directions presentation on Cloud Platform Wars this month, he said his 2011 IDC Cloud Survey found “Security; keeping content outside our firewall,” was the most important challenge facing cloud adoption.
2. Changing IT Roles
In short, CTOs and CIOs are now businessmen, and CFOs and CEOs are increasingly getting their hands in IT. In an effort to become leaner, more efficient, retain a competitive edge, companies are leverage their resources differently and with more collaboration. The business side of companies are seeing more and more opportunities in Cloud Computing to cut costs – be they servers, software licenses or headcount. On the IT side, cloud computing enables IT decision makers to focus on productivity and efficiency of applications instead of the infrastructure required to support those applications.
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