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Why private clouds stand a chance of failing?

Cloud computing has changed the way software companies do business. Today with the help of cloud computing companies can save a lot of their overhead costs in both software and hardware by buying the cloud services. In cloud software and hardware are offered as a service and the companies do not need to invest in having them physically in their office. They can access their data from the cloud with something as simple as a web browser. This feature of cloud has increased the portability of data. Though popularly adopted as one of the best ways of computing private clouds are trending to fail. The reasons identified are not all related to technical issues.

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Let us have a look at the reasons as to why private clouds fail:

1.Focusing on just saving costs by using cloud: Most people focus only on the saving aspect to use a cloud. Because of this they fail to understand and take advantage of all aspects of cloud usage

2.Failure to have a vision: When people do not completely understand the potential of the cloud they end up using its services when they can get the same job done from other sources too.(Leverhawk)

3.Using the architecture developed for reference: Some companies do not customize the services they require instead end up using the existing reference architecture which may cause their application to fail.(Computerweekly)

4.Accommodating procedures that are in sync with the changed infrastructure: Most companies follow through only till changing infrastructure when migrating to a cloud environment. They should also ensure that the processes are changed too so that they can use the cloud to its full potential.

5.Mistaking every virtual environment as a cloud: All virtual environments needn’t be considered as a cloud. The extra feature cloud has from being virtual is that it is expandable to the needs of the user.

6. Partial towards one type of cloud: There exist different types of clouds namely public, private and hybrid. Hybrid cloud is the best way to go today. Relying on public or private clouds heavily may cause problems such as security for public clouds and vendor issues for private clouds. (Computerweekly)

7.Absence of skilled teams: When working with the cloud, team who are deploying should be properly equipped with the skill set necessary for its operation. Not being able to find such teams may also be the reason why cloud is failing.

How does it impact the backup and recovery process?

Private clouds can significantly impact the Backup and Recovery process as a result, especially if there is no skilled personnel who are able enough to work with it. Since private clouds require a different understanding, employees using it needs to be adept at understanding the changed infrastructure so as to make a full use of it. Additionally, relying solely on private cloud isn’t a good idea – if the cloud system is compromised with, you would have no access to the data. Having a separate data backup system is essential for organizations.

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