As seen in Forbes, Jai Menon, Chief Scientist at Cloudistics, describes deep-rooted, common cloud misconceptions about what the cloud is and where it is headed.
This article corrects some of these common cloud misconceptions. Here is a brief synopsis of the article.
Misconception No. 1: The Cloud Is A Place in The Sky
The word “cloud” is often associated with services provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure, however, the best way to think about the cloud is an experience. From the article:
The cloud experience includes:
- Elimination of IT staff for infrastructure management
- Paying only for what you use
- Multiclient support
Misconception No. 2: Public Clouds are for Modern Workloads; Private Clouds are for Legacy Workloads
With modern workloads, customers are typically running both private cloud and a public cloud, depending on privacy concerns, performance concerns, elasticity, and costs. Menon goes on to say:
I know that predictable workloads, whose infrastructure needs are well understood, are cheaper to run on private clouds than public clouds. The economics have not changed much over the two years I have been doing this analysis. Additionally, laws or corporate policies that require enterprise data to be in certain locations may make private cloud the only choice.
On the other hand, if the workload is dynamic and elasticity is important, the public cloud is superior. Also, if developers need to rapidly integrate voice recognition, natural language processing or other such services, the public cloud is the better choice. Finally, the public cloud is the fastest way to launch a new project.
Misconception No. 3: Public Clouds Are Adding Capability So Fast That Private Clouds Will Be Left Behind
While public clouds have evolved rapidly in recent years, private clouds have also experienced their own evolution. From the article:
There is no question that public clouds are adding new services faster than private clouds. AWS, the public cloud leader, introduced 1,300 new features in 2017, or 3.5 new features a day! However, it is also well documented that 85% of AWS public cloud revenue comes from fewer than five of these services, out of the thousands available. It is my view that these popular services will always be available on private clouds.
Read what Jai Menon’s view on all 5 Cloud Misconceptions by reading the full Forbes article. Click here.