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    Five Misconceptions About Cloud Deployment

    The rapidly changing market for cloud solutions and the associated complications of modern IT unsettle many users. The five most common misconceptions about cloud deployment – and the facts, compiled by the experts at hosting provider and managed services provider Rackspace.

    The rapidly changing market for cloud solutions and the associated complications of modern IT unsettle many users. The five most common misconceptions about cloud deployment – and the facts, compiled by the experts at hosting provider and managed services provider Rackspace.

    Moving to the cloud automatically leads to the public cloud

    The facts: Some providers only offer public cloud solutions and argue that they cover all the company’s needs. The truth is: there is no one-size-fits-all solution in an enterprise application portfolio. For some applications, the public cloud can be the most cost-effective platform – for others, the most expensive. Therefore, it is important to choose the optimal platform for each application. Only this way can it provide what a company needs in terms of costs, performance, reliability and security.

    The public cloud always offers better performance – and at a lower cost

    The facts: The public cloud can offer significant savings compared to the classic infrastructure used for the appropriate workloads. The private cloud can prove more economical for many other workloads. Experiences and detailed analysis of prices and usage behavior show that private cloud as a service (PCaaS) can save 30 to 59 percent compared to public cloud solutions for many business applications. PCaaS is an innovative way to deliver private cloud capabilities on-demand via cloud APIs and flexible pay-as-you-go pricing options. It thus combines many of the advantages of the public and private cloud. Cost efficiency can manifest itself in both fixed price and pay-as-you-go models.

    The only way to deliver IT on demand is through the public cloud

    The facts: This statement used to be true. Today, however, IT on demand can be delivered with a private cloud or multiple clouds in various configurations – on-premises or hosted, with annual or pay-as-you-go billing. With these configurations, the central IT department maintains control over the enterprise architecture and ensures an optimal mix of cost savings, performance, reliability and security. Applications and their data are thus more easily integrated. With this approach, organizations can avoid the duplication, costs, and security risks that result from multiple departments running shadow IT implementations across public and internal clouds.

    Organizations with large data center commitments and hardware investments face heavy losses when moving to the cloud

    The lowdown: With a combination of public and private clouds and colocation, organizations can achieve immediate ROI while maximizing value from their data center investments. Smart cloud entrants work with managed service providers to help them figure out which applications run most cost-effectively on which platforms in which facilities. One of the most attractive solutions for organizations bound by large data center commitments is to build private clouds as a service within those data centers and deliver modern cloud capabilities as a turnkey, fully managed service. In this way, companies benefit from the advantages of the cloud and, at the same time, achieve a high return on their investments in data centers.

    The public cloud is the epicenter of IT innovation

    The facts: The major public cloud providers are innovating very quickly, releasing new services and features of their own every day. Still, the open-source community generates more innovation than a single, proprietary cloud provider. The latest numbers reveal that about two million developers are working on open source projects with an estimated R&D value of more than $400 billion, compared to 115,000 developers working on projects worth a major public cloud provider of about 23 billion US dollars. Popular and powerful unstructured data management systems and frameworks for big data, artificial intelligence, and Internet of Things frameworks are all available in various private and public clouds.

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