Last updated: February 2nd, 2015
One of the reasons that the cloud can be intimidating is the issue in power consumption. Moore’s Law states that transistors double every 18 months. There are a lot of transistors required for cloud, but that also means a lot of power and a lot of heat will be generated. The larger the cloud, the more power it will need, which will demand a lot of from enterprises, especially since they have to deal with issues like how to cool servers and how to distribute data. Note that the demand for power will depend on the ones using the server.
Cloud systems may provide security, but that does not mean absolute security. If they are attacked, the ones connected to the cloud will be affected. One such example is hacking. Enterprises have to devise a smart cloud so that attacks will be prevented and reduced. If there is lack of security for a cloud server, then there will be major losses in costs, customer loyalty, as well as market prowess.
Cloud systems need to be available often. This implies that there must be no shutdowns during critical times, especially when traffic is high. Server maintenance is the only time clouds are not available. Cloud availability affects the customers, and the people maintaining the servers. Enterprises need to find a way on how to make the system last and make it reliable in the common case.
Another thing that intimidates enterprises is the amount of knowledge required to maintain a cloud system. People who know a lot about cloud technology are needed. It is costly and a very intimidating factor because the enterprise needs to have that same knowledge for security purposes. Enterprises need to cope up with the amount of information the people under them deliver. In addition to people, enterprises need to know technology trends because it tends to change a lot. Knowing the latest technology trends can boost enterprises, as they can market more products, as well as modernize cloud systems in order to use more resources.
Clouds need also to be scalable and flexible to the changes in trends. This is a major cause for intimidation because operators would want to have more clients as much as possible, which can either make or break customer loyalty and server reliability. Starting out small may not always be the best solution to cloud servers because enterprises would want to go large scale immediately, especially in the Internet age.
Having good support service coupled with excellent server hosting can really boost customer loyalty and customer count. This is a challenge to enterprises because they are tasked to be reliable in all aspects, even in support services. Enterprises have a tendency to overlook this, but as long as there is support reliability, customers will be confident in the products they purchase.
These are some challenges of enterprises in the cloud. But that does not mean that there will be a halt in the growth of technology trends. Enterprises need to satisfy customer demands because in the end, they area business.
Resource Box: Emma Edwards, Financial Planner at QuickBooks Cloud Hosting DotCom is a CPA by profession and a writer by choice. Her writings display knowledge and the challenges about the QuickBooks cloud hosting environment which she collects with day-to-day experiences.