However, while the benefits are well known, some experts, I understand, are a little worried that the hype surrounding cloud could be hiding concerns or dangers.
One expert recently told govtech.com: “Users who have been in IT for a long time know that, no matter what new innovation comes along, the challenges of managing IT (e.g., security, cost, complexity) never go away — they just take on new (and sometimes dangerous) forms.”
The expert points to a report by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) that suggests there could be five hidden dangers that should be taken into account before switching to cloud.
For example, the ISACA feels that stricter privacy laws in countries may force people off cloud. I am not sure which nation or company this view is based on but Google recently had problems with the European Union.
Switching to cloud may not be as straightforward as some think. As such, businesses should be aware of the risks (if any) before migrating.
The ISACA also suggests that while cloud undoubtedly saves money there could be initial unexpected costs of migrating. Businesses should be aware of this and be prepared for it.
One issue that perhaps is not discussed enough is that by ditching its in-house IT systems a business risks losing in-house knowledge. After all, the cloud provider takes over.
Finally, the ISACA warns businesses not to lock themselves in with a provider.