There are additional variables to consider when switching to the cloud, additional bandwidth, cultural changes, and managing the cloud environment. These are commonly overlooked issues that crop up on cloud implementations and get pushback when pointed out, but that doesn’t make them less necessary or true. Additional costs come from changing a company’s processes and optimizing their environment for cloud. This is something that has wide-ranging repercussions in any cloud environment. Gartner estimates that organizations that do not optimize their environment for the cloud will spend 70% more than organizations that do optimize.

Now, to touch upon security. Security experts agree that the location of the data is not important, but how you manage and access the data is. IBM’s X-force Threat Intelligence Index indicates that almost all of the security incidents it catalogued last year were attributable to misconfigured assets, phishing, unsecured personal devices, and authentication credentials stored on open repositories. These were not the fault of the cloud, but more the concept that just because it is in the cloud, means that it is secure, which is 100% false. People that make mistakes with on prem equipment can make the same mistakes with the cloud environment. The study by IBM also indicated that social engineering in companies or government organizations is still a big issue and if people share passwords and don’t lock down their data, people will get in.

So, to answer my first question; is cloud cheaper and more secure? My answer is …..maybe? Let me know what you think. Leave your comments below.