9 Situations Where Cloud Computing Might NOT HELP You

Cloud computing has become a norm in today’s business as well as personal life. And it is easy to see at least a handful of cloud-based apps that represent the ubiquity of this technology, whether it is a simple Google Drive or complicated Digital Ocean. Cloud computing ensures many benefits such as flexibility, ease of access, cost-efficiency, and collaboration.

However, cloud computing is not for everyone. It might not be always the best or the most effective solution for a business & to get more about Cloud Computing and its benefits Read out this blog. Keep in mind that not technology fits every situation, and cloud computing is no exception.


Here we have rounded up some situations when cloud computing might not be the right option.


Storing Critical Data:

Though cloud security has been improved a lot over the years, many experts still advise avoiding storing critical data on the cloud. Why?

First of all, you are generally not told about the physical address of your cloud server as well as the local laws and jurisdiction related to it. Apart from that, it can impact your performance, especially if the data is stored in locations far from your customer base.

Above all, there is always a risk that your data can be hacked by threat actors. While hackers can access your network too, you can control the elements that access it compared to cloud storage. Cloud servers are always on the radar of hackers. All this boils down to one key thing—the cloud is not that safe for storing your sensitive data.


Occurring of Cloud Outages:

Although major cloud vendors ensure a steady and reliable service, outages can happen even to the most reliable cloud vendor. Cloud unavailability is rare, but they do take place. If you are dependent on data being available 24/7, complete dependency on a single cloud vendor might not be a safe way.


Getting into Cloud Sprawl:

Cloud sprawl can lead to chaotic situations just like its real life counterpart known as urban sprawl. This especially happens if you move too many apps at a time. As a result, you can lose control of your data and systems as they are stored someplace else and not in your data centre. While the benefits of switching to the cloud are huge, it should be conducted in a phased manner.

You should know when what part of your operations should be moved to the cloud and what should remain in your datacenters. Even if you look to move everything to the cloud, make sure to test the waters, and move your data carefully. This will not only minimize the risk of immediate cloud sprawl but will also let you take time to make the transition.


Having Complicated Architecture:

Many enterprises are inspired by the cloud-based success stories of brands like Facebook and Instagram and want to achieve the same in their businesses. However, most of them don’t care if the cloud model can complement their business structure or not.

Most enterprises that were launched before the advent of cloud technology have a complicated architecture covering mainframe technologies, n-tire applications, and other complex patterns.

Studying these architectures, their relations with each other, and the entire infrastructure is important for having a successful cloud migration. If your architecture doesn’t allow a cloud migration, are you not satisfied being where you are?


Not Being Clear with Your Budget:

Most enterprises shifted to the cloud just because to save money on hiring staff or buying IT equipment. And not all cloud vendors ask for costly investment upfront while you can start using the cloud on a monthly subscription fee.

But it is equally true that most cloud services are based on pay-as-you-go-model, meaning that your subscription rate increases as you scale your business.

However, the capital investments you make upfront is a long term investment and are likely to pay you in the long run.

So should you leave or should you carry on? Assess the upfront costs and the growing rate of subscriptions. Figure out which will be cheaper over a certain term. If your investments turn out to be cheaper, the cloud might not after all be an affordable solution for you.


Monitoring Cloud Performance:


It is important to check your business application’s performance, whether they are in the cloud or your data centre. If you are not able to keep an eye on applications on the cloud or if the vendor doesn’t provide the right tools to provide you insights on application performance, it is better to host it on your own servers. Keep in mind that cloud computing is worthless if it doesn’t provide value to your business.


Having Legacy Architecture:

A legacy system refers to the outdated computing software and hardware that is still in use. For example, many organizations have manufacturing machines controlled by MS-DOS or outdated financial systems.

Since they are outdated machines, they offer little to no scalability. Therefore, there is no use in moving these to the cloud. Otherwise, you might end up spending more money and resources managing them on the cloud.


Running on Poor Internet Speed:


You should have a high-speed internet connection in place to operate on the cloud. Otherwise, you will have to reconsider your decision of switching to the cloud.


Having Resource-Intensive Applications:

Applications that need a lot of memory and processing power, such as the CAD programs, might better perform on-site computers than over the cloud infrastructure. Adding processing power in the cloud is easy, where a virtual server hosts the applications—but adding a lot of memory or drive space could spike cloud computing costs. If your business such applications, the cloud might not be the right solution for you.


The Bottom Line:

Cloud is a breakthrough technology that has simplified our work process. It has made it easier to access things as well as to collaborate from anywhere, anytime. However, it can’t be denied that the cloud is not the right solution for all technical concerns.  For more update Visit our website


Therefore, you should ponder over your needs to find out if the cloud is the best fit for your business. What do you think? Let us know by commenting below!




About Ng Wei Khang

Ng Wei Khang, CEO at a Singapore based IT consultancy company, APIXEL IT Support, has been operational for over 8 years from now. Apixel provides fixed price IT Support Services with unlimited packages that includes small business server setup, Cloud Solution Configuration, Network management and Data security & Theft prevention. The company also provides expert IT consultancy to SMEs in Singapore.

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