PCMAN – Cloud computing technology has emerged and being used widely across the IT industry for the last few years. Numbers of different advantages are offered by Cloud providers in order to be the best service within the tight competition in the industry. However, Cloud computing is not free from challenges that sometimes are tricky to overcome. Some of the challenges are:
1. Security and Privacy. Cloud service providers need to put an extra effort to address the security and privacy concerns that businesses have while adopting the technology. Valuable enterprise data will be outside the corporate firewall, which raises serious concerns. Risks may be eliminated by using security applications, encrypted file systems, data loss software, and using security hardware to track suspicious behavior across servers.
2. Service Delivery and Billing. Due to the on-demand nature of Cloud computing, many users and providers have a difficult time to assess the right amount of cost involved. Both providers and users need to assess budgeting and compare benchmarks in order to have the ideal Cloud computing pricing situation.
3. Interoperability and Portability. A good Cloud computing service should have the capability to integrate smoothly with the on-premise IT. It should help the business migrate in and out of the Cloud, switch providers whenever they want, and allow no lock-in period. It should be able to work with other systems without special effort.
4. Realibility and Availability. It is important for Cloud computing services to have a developed support system that could help businesses solve any Cloud issues at their most convenience. Businesses need to monitor the service being provided using internal or third-party tools. To avoid chaos, it is also essential to have plans to supervise usage, Service-Level Agreements (SLAs), performance, robustness, and business dependency of the Cloud services.
Performance and Bandwidth Cost. By using Cloud computing technology, businesses will save money on hardware, but need to spend more on bandwidth. Smaller applications will not have any significant impact, however, delivering intensive and complex data over the network requires sufficient bandwidth.
These challenges should not be considered roadblocks, but rather seen as a chance for developers to improve their Cloud computing services, and for businesses to have a thorough plan before or during their migration to Cloud.