Cloud, a significant shift in technological evolution, is gaining momentum as multitude of organizations are enfolding to sheer formidable progress. Cloud leverages the power of Internet to capitalize on the remote resources. The true elastic nature of the Cloud resources eliminates the risk of heavy investments while giving the flexibility to scale up and down.
Relatively new technology
Fallout of some of the cloud companies like Nirvanix is making organizations wary about the technology and its longevity. Adoption of a technology that is not completely proven is a risk and it is a humungous task to weigh it against rewards cloud could bring.
One major hindrance to the cloud adoption is skepticism about the security of the data in the cloud. It is estimated that US cloud Industry could lose as much as USD 180 billion by 2016 due to PRISM program launched by NSA. Cloud providers are taking it very seriously and are encrypting in-flight and rest data. Is this sufficient?
SLAs defined by cloud providers are relatively cumbersome and complex. The legalities involved are not explicitly defined. Eventually, this makes the customers wary about the support and the business continuity. In many cases customers end up into something they are not very happy about.
Cloud service providers often promise to provide services out of the box to lure customers. One reason cloud services got greater acceptance is the fact that they are not bound by any contracts. But, once the customer is on boarded the service providers try to lock him by various means, one such trick would be to not support migrating away from their services.
In spite of all the apprehensions Cloud is still adopted universally. Though convinced about moving to the cloud, organizations face one another big problem.
Too many vendors to choose from
With the advent of Cloud and the benefits associated with its adaption, organizations are rushing to leverage the benefits of cloud. CIOs are convinced that Cloud is the way to go but when we look around, there is so much out there.
SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, Public clouds, private clouds, hybrid clouds, cloud bursts, anything that was once sold as a product and licensed is now either available as a service or soon we will see it in the cloud marketplace.