Many industry experts have said the advantages of cloud computing outweigh the potential pitfalls associated with the technology. Outages are considered one of the biggest fears among businesses considering the cloud, but FierceEnterpriseCommunications editor Jason Meyers recently asserted that in light of the Amazon Web Services incident, companies shouldn't fret over these types of events.
"The issue isn't whether those organizations should continue leveraging the cloud for faster, more flexible and more cost-efficient software and computing power," Meyers wrote. "Of course they should, because it's good business and it follows the tech-sector trend of more available bandwidth, more flexibility and more efficiency at less cost than the alternative of companies operating their own individual data centers."
Businesses should focus on the cloud's reliability and service provider backup options. The expert indicated that one of the more publicized issues with the Amazon outage is that the company did not alert its customers in a timely fashion. As a result, users did not know when the platform would be up and running.
Meyers encouraged companies to make sure they have proper service-level guarantees and restore options in place when negotiating with cloud vendors.
"For many, that may mean a move to a more expensive managed hosting plan with more stringent service-level and reporting provisions – but it's a cost that likely is worth it in the long term," Meyers suggested. "It also may mean more of a reliance on hybrid platforms that leverage both cloud capabilities and their own premise-based architectures for in-case-of-emergency backup."
Cloud performance, deployment models can't be overlooked
While some companies consider cloud outages top concerns, cloud performance must also be addressed. Although the technology is considered advantageous in many respects, businesses can't simply adopt the solution and expect results. With cloud monitoring systems, for example, organizations can ensure their IT infrastructure is always scaled by receiving updates in real time, which can help to properly meet changing demands.
Businesses shouldn't let potential issues hinder their view of the cloud. The technology offers too many benefits to be ignored. The cloud comes in several configurations, allowing organizations to adopt one that fits their specific needs. CloudTweaks writer Neeraj Metha recently highlighted the advantages and differences of the public, private, hybrid and community clouds.
The public cloud helps companies reduce overall operating costs and capital expenditures. On the other hand, private cloud computing is considered more secure but is not as cost effective in the long run. A high level of protection is achieved because a client's data is stored on-site or at a third-party location for only its hardware and no other company's, according to Metha.
Businesses looking for a little of both the public and private clouds can launch a hybrid model, which offers improved application and data security and attractive cost benefits, the expert explained.
"This model is also used for handling cloud bursting, which refers to a scenario where the existing private cloud infrastructure is not able to handle load spikes and requires a fallback option to support the load," Metha wrote.
The community cloud is one that is shared by many companies at once. The writer explained that this deployment model is ideal for helping businesses reduce spending and is generally used by hospitals, government departments and community services like road and electrical stations.
Although cloud computing's benefits seem to expand by the day, organizations may find that choosing the right model will be the hardest decision. Metha concluded that businesses should invest in a cloud deployment that fits their company requirements.