Gartner: The Top 10 Cloud Myths

ATN-300InsightaaS: Gartner Group is universally recognized as the most authoritative analyst firm in the IT industry; the company isn't always right in its forecasts, but its pronouncements always carry weight amongst technology buyers and sellers alike.

The "Top 10 Cloud Myths" post provides an illustration of Gartner's market power. The 'myths' themselves are well short of groundbreaking. Some, such as "you have to be cloud to be good" (accompanied by a caution against 'cloud washing' and an admonition to 'call things what they are') and "cloud should be used for everything" (followed in the post by "the cloud may not benefit all workloads equally") are self-evident. Others, including "we need one cloud strategy or vendor," merely repeat what is already apparent in surveys (such as Techaisle's research, which finds that even SMBs - typically, smaller than the enterprises Gartner advises - are using multiple clouds to meet multiple needs) or in the market. A few, including "cloud is less secure than on-premise capabilities" - which somehow invites the abjectly equivocal advice, "Don’t assume that cloud providers are not secure, but also don’t assume they are" - are of little practical value.

Truthfully, there are many better sources for cloud advice than this post, and it's doubtful that the presentation it promotes is of substantially more value; we're biased, but the new InsightaaS Press release "The Death of Core Competency" has much more real insight into what business management can and should plan to do with the capabilities cloud unlocks. What Gartner is uniquely able to do, though, is to create 'conventional wisdom' that can be used as a baseline understanding in IT/business planning. The "Top 10 Myths" may not be particularly insightful as a guide to what cloud is and what it means, but it is a handy guide to the assumptions that can safely be used as a foundation for cloud strategies. 

Cloud computing continues to maintain an aura of mystery, confusion and hype surrounding its use.The cloud, it turns out, is uniquely susceptible to the perils of myth.

Unfortunately, according to David Mitchell Smith, vice president and Gartner Fellow, myths slow us down, impede innovation and scare us, thus distracting us from real progress, innovation and outcomes. The most prevalent myth about the cloud is that it always saves money.

There is no shortage of candidates for the top 10 cloud myths. Below is a list that highlights some of the most dangerous and misleading ones.

Myth 1. Cloud Is Always About Money

While it’s sometimes the case that cloud always saves money, there are many other reasons cited for migrating to the cloud, the most common of which is for agility...

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