Information Technology, Strategy, Technology

Risks and issues in Cloud Computing

Bernard Golden has a two-part series on the IT Drilldown Virtualization section of that is informative and interesting.

The two-part series, titled The Case Against Cloud Computing (Part 1, Part 2), describes conversations that Golden has had with industry veterans. During these conversations, Golden picks up five main reervations that these industry veterans have against Cloud Computing.  Golden writes:

There are five key impediments to enterprise adoption of cloud computing, according to my conversations. I will discuss each in a separate posting for reasons of length. The five key impediments are:

  • Current enterprise apps can’t be migrated conveniently
  • Risk: Legal, regulatory, and business
  • Difficulty of managing cloud applications
  • Lack of SLA
  • Lack of cost advantage for cloud computing

Some interesting thoughts there…and I think they are all valid concerns.

Think about the “lack of SLA” concern….I’ve not run across a single cloud computing app that offers an SLA  guaranteeing service, reliability, data safety or security.

Jump over and read Golden’s commentary and thoughts…some interesting stuff there.

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Eric D. Brown
15 years ago

Hey Andrew,

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

I agree wholeheartedly with your comments. Cloud computing gives a great benefit in support costs and operating costs.

Andrew Meyer
15 years ago

Eric, the article is interesting, but it misses the white elephant in the room. The main cost benefit from cloud computing is that it eliminates the need for IT staff. If you do not have to support data centers, HW, systems integration, etc., there is a huge cost savings. In enterprises with existing IT departments, those IT departments should oppose cloud computing because it will eliminate 70 to 80% of their jobs. There are some business analyst positions that remain and a small number of desktop support positions that remain, but otherwise the rest of the staff become redundant. As… Read more »


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deguzman ramirez
deguzman ramirez
14 years ago

How is security handled in this methodology?

15 years ago

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