There are many reasons why more and more companies are adopting cloud computing. Speed of development and the ability to programmatically deploy infrastructure are maybe two of the most popular ones. However, while most technologists may believe that cloud adoption has eclipsed that of traditional on-premise hardware, the data shows otherwise; less than 15% of enterprise workloads run on infrastructure as a service (IaaS) as of 2020.
While many enterprises are eager to modernize their technology stacks, uncertainty around cloud technologies in the context of security, speed, cost, and other topics have halted many efforts. Leading many organizations to have extremely outdated technologies powering their business that are increasingly difficult to find talent to maintain.
Even the advice “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” has an expiration date! So that said, let’s address some of the most common misconceptions about the Cloud.
“The Cloud is expensive…more so than on-premise!”
The Cloud allows for the programmatic provisioning and configuring of technology infrastructure. Such allows companies to avoid spending tons of money on physical hardware that will likely quickly depreciate in both value and relevance. Additionally, capacity planning becomes significantly more agile, since as easily as the Cloud allows you to deploy new infrastructure resources does it allow you to remove them. Both of these qualities allow a company to optimize its spending for technology infrastructure and, more often than not, entirely avoid significant upfront spending.
Additionally, modern cloud technologies allow companies to utilize computing resources as if they were general utilities. For example, instead of paying for a dedicated server resource, one might simply pay for metered computing power provided by a major cloud provider. This can be an extremely cost-effective strategy for businesses, as they are never paying for wasted computing power (i.e. running more servers than required), as well as never losing business due to unanticipated capacity at peak traffic times.
While in most cases a cloud-based technology stack benefits businesses with significant cost savings, it is often the upfront…