Cloud Computing: 10 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Many small business owners are just beginning to hear about and understand what cloud computing is and how it could benefit their business. Still, concerns over data security and losing connection to the service provider persist and leave many people wary. And while there are many benefits, cloud computing isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it cure-all. You need to do your due diligence, and you still have to manage and monitor the situation. We look at 10 common reasons why cloud computing deployments fails. has the details.

Practically every cloud computing provider — from Google to Rackspace, Amazon to — has suffered through an outage at some point. When outages happen, skeptics question the viability of cloud computing.

Talk to anyone invested in the cloud, though, and it doesn’t take long to understand that outages are just one of the costs of doing business in the cloud, and . . . well, so what?

Outages happen with pretty much every service we consume. Apple is enjoying record profits, even as the iPhone 4 drops calls at an alarming rate. Where are the stories questioning the viability of smartphones or the iPhone or Apple?

Outages happen in on-premise data centers everywhere. Where are the stories questioning the viability of in-house IT? (Actually, those stories are out there, but they all ask if cloud computing is making traditional IT obsolete.) When was the last time your power went out? Did you question the viability of utility-provided electricity?

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