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Here's where the IT Pros remain squarely in control and critical to cloud success. public cloud datacenters are amongst the most secure premises on the planet. All the security practices of a cloud provider are meaningless if a customer organization's security practices are weak. Yet. set up and secured. a cloud provider with every security certification still can't guarantee the integrity of specific servers. applications. . and networks.MYTH BUSTER NO.” FACT: From a physical standpoint. at the logical level. if your applications are poorly written. 1 DATA SECURITY MYTH: “A cloud provider cannot guarantee security.
2 DATA CONTROL MYTH: “My organization will be locked into one vendor and lose control of its data. . No cloud provider offers a service that completely takes control of your environment. but still be accessible to cloud applications.MYTH BUSTER NO. The best cloud solutions will be a combination of on and off-premise services. if it moves to the cloud. including your own network. One application may call another on a different cloud service. and data may be stored anywhere.” FACT: The essence of cloud services is flexibility.
” FACT: Moving an entire datacenter to the cloud is nearly impossible. These applications are good cloud candidates. 3 COST SAVINGS MYTH: “My company must move all its applications to a cloud service to be able to benefit fully from cloud computing. . when idle. Nor is it recommended by any cloud provider. Look for applications where resources are used intensely for a short period each month then left idle for the rest of the time. because the cloud can scale up and down resources on demand. Start by identifying applications in your pipeline that can benefit your organization by being in the cloud.MYTH BUSTER NO. but experience periods of very high activity. The cloud is built for flexible access to resources that can be allocated to other applications. or even other customers. or applications where a moderate level of resources are used continuously.
PRIVATE FACT: Your company can benefit from a private cloud. the projected savings from the increased utilization of your existing infrastructure must outweigh the incremental cost of building that cloud.MYTH BUSTER NO. An alternative is to opt for a hosted private cloud. An on-premise private cloud is still a CapEx expense. it allows you to cut your capital spending and move it to Opex. in contrast to cloud assets operated by a provider like Microsoft. 4 PRIVATE CLOUD MYTH: My company can get all the benefits of cloud computing with a ‘private’ cloud running on our own hardware. This means you have to manage the infrastructure and the capacity requirements to meet internal SLAs just as you do today. in which a hosting provider maintains the hardware. even uptime management accountability. . software and. To realize the benefits of a private cloud. The points to remember when talking to business management about a private cloud is that you still own everything: hardware.
” FACT: The role of the Exchange Administrator does not become obsolete due to the cloud. is still your responsibility. Industry-specific data retention compliance. .MYTH BUSTER NO. There are still many tasks that remain on-premise. providing you with new opportunities. managed cloud services free up your time to engage in more strategic roles. as well as implementing custom workflows. You still have to manage your users and their mailboxes. While some tasks may no longer reside on-premise. 5 JOB SECURITY MYTH: “If my organization deploys Microsoft Online Services my role as an Exchange Administrator goes away.
Windows Azure facilitates moving some applications off-premise to the cloud. all other aspects of managing applications remain in the IT Pro's hands. But. updating.MYTH BUSTER NO. 6 IT ROLE CHANGES MYTH: If my organization uses a public cloud service like Windows Azure my role becomes less technical. integration with services such as Active Directory. security and network monitoring .” FACT: IT Pros become more essential to their organizations when opting to use public cloud services like Windows Azure.these task are still required within organizations utilizing cloud services . Monitoring. apart from patching those servers and physically maintaining them.
MYTH BUSTER NO. Yes.” FACT: Just having VMs doesn't mean you have launched a cloud computing environment. but are not yet reaping the full benefits. 7 VIRTUAL MACHINE = CLOUD MYTH: “If I'm running applications or network services on virtual machines. You also need to have the ability to provide pay-as-you-go pricing to the departments in your organization to approach the cost-savings afforded by the cloud's on-demand services . A VM must provide the ability to grow or shrink ‘compute and storage capacity’ on the fly in order to deliver service comparable to a cloud computing resource. I'm already doing cloud computing. you are on the road to cloud computing.
the "public cloud. 8 CLOUD TYPES MYTH: There is only one kind of "cloud. yet it involves a level of service that no providers actually deliver today. is a private cloud hosted on-premise. For example. A "partner cloud" is another variation of the private cloud that is hosted by an outsource partner. a "customer cloud"." FACT: There are many types of cloud.MYTH BUSTER NO." a loosely connected network of web and application services. is the most discussed variation of cloud computing. Finally. . What IT Pros must take into account as they consider any cloud service is the availability of standard and familiar protocols and application stacks.
While some stand-alone applications can be moved independent of other existing systems.MYTH BUSTER NO. just as they did before the cloud. . IT teams dedicated to application compatibility and integration play a big role for their organizations. 9 INTEGRATION MYTH: Integration issues go away when applications are outsourced to the cloud. FACT: No. many will require integration with on-premise as well as other cloud applications.
Siemens and T-Systems. . such as 3M.000 corporate customers are using Windows Azure. 10.MYTH BUSTER NO. FACT: The benefits of cloud computing apply equally to all businesses. 10 BENEFACTORS OF THE CLOUD MYTH: Only a small business can gain any cost savings benefit out of Cloud Computing. Many companies are making big bets on the cloud today. including large and small organizations. Microsoft itself has 40 million users of its Online Services. Also.
This is a good way to get experience with this new frontier of services. In most cases. .MYTH BUSTER NO. FACT: You can begin using cloud computing services with just a credit card. the cloud providers offer a ‘Getting Started’ level of resource for free. Microsoft does. Most cloud services provide an environment designed for getting started and developing applications. 11 GETTING STARTED MYTH: All you need is your credit card to start cloud computing. for example.
Active Directory and infrastructure management. The IT Pro’s role will evolve as the availability of compute cycles and networked storage increase – that is a given. However. 12 JOB OUTLOOK MYTH: The IT Pro’s role goes away with cloud computing. integration skills.MYTH BUSTER NO. FACT: Organizations may look at the cloud as an opportunity to save on hardware and software costs. The question IT Pros must ask themselves is. network management. There will still be a demand for skills in the security space. just as the IT role has evolved in the past. ‘am I prepared to play a more strategic role in my organization?’ . any potential savings are jeopardized by the elimination of the IT Pro’s role.
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