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4 Major Cloud Computing Challenges for Businesses

The world has embraced cloud computing. And there is no looking back. Yet, we stand in the face of a steady barrage of cloud computing challenges that mostly affect small and mid-size business. In order to come over these challenges, it is paramount that these be identified first.

The present cloud computing challenges are mostly a repeat of the ones we were facing about a year back. However, there has been some shift in the overall percentage figures. Here’s a look at some recurring challenges.

Want of expertise

For a long stretch of time, security continued to be one of the most articulately voiced cloud computing challenges. However, it was in early 2016 that the lack of expertise moved a few inches ahead. As the cloud technology keeps advancing rapidly, a greater number of organizations have started placing more workload on clouds. This gives the organizations a run for keeping up with all the required tools.

Also, there is continuous growth in the need for advanced expertise. These challenges can only be alleviated with advanced training of the developmental and IT staff.

Security Issues

For long, security has been the primary (and valid) concern while storing data in the cloud. In the cloud, the end user is unable to track the exact folder or location where their data is stored or processed. A wreck of headlines highlighting mammoth data breaches with millions of compromised accounts and even online bank thefts have done little to alleviate concerns about security.

All of these have cumulatively made it extremely difficult to trust a third party with sensitive and confidential personal data. So as of now, security continues to be one of the stiffest cloud computing challenges we have.

Managing and limiting costs

If implemented and handled well, cloud computing can save money for businesses. Organizations can easily shrink their processing capabilities without fresh investment in hardware. Public cloud providers also offer businesses to pay as they go for extra processing requirements. But, the same scalable and on-demand nature of services in cloud computing make it difficult to project and define costs and quantities.

While there are quite a few ways to keep costs in check, it is important that businesses plan for expenditure even before they subscribe to a service.

Control and monitoring

IT governance should make sure that assets are executed and implemented as part of policies mentioned in the agreement of use. One of the key cloud computing challenges faced by organizations is that the cloud computing strategy tends to go astray and does not support their organizational strategies in entirety.

To deal with the control over access, it is vital that there is a solid policy in place. It is equally important to update the policy in view of new challenges.