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Cloud Computing Myths Revealed by IT Professional Peter Wiegandt

With cloud computing becoming more popular, Peter Wiegandt discusses myths surrounding this technology.
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    PHILADELPHIA, PA, July 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The idea of cloud computing is a mystery to some, but for Peter Wiegandt, it is part of his career. As an experienced computer and information technology professional, he has become increasingly versed in this latest technology trend. In fact, he is working to establish an IT group in Mexico to help small businesses access cloud technology. A recent article in Forbes highlights the top 10 cloud computing myths and Wiegandt weighs in.

More companies are turning to the cloud for business solutions. The potential it holds can greatly benefit their work. But there are many myths that surround this growing online trend. One such myth is that the only true cloud is public cloud. While public clouds are more well known, there are many private clouds that exist, and this number is growing every day. According to a 2012 Gartner Data Center Conference poll, "Almost 9 out of 10 survey respondents said they were planning, piloting, or already using a private cloud within their organizations." There are also many who use hybrid clouds, implementing aspects of both public and private clouds.

Another myth is that "you're either in the cloud or you're not." Many companies shift to cloud-based services to meet specific needs. The transition often involves several steps and is tailored to changing company needs. Some opt for private clouds, while others prefer specialized public clouds. Hybrid clouds are also gaining more popularity. There is not one solution that fits every business. There are many options for deployment, service, and operation. This gives companies the ability to customize their cloud use to fit their requirements.

Another misconception is that virtualization and cloud computing are the same, but this not true. Virtualization relies more on Infrastructure as a Service, while cloud computing users are trending toward Platform as a Service. Platform as a Service allows for more flexibility and sharing and less complexity and cost. Infrastructure is important when a company is determining what type of cloud usage suits their needs. Not all clouds run on commodity hardware. They often utilize many different server types.

Two more myths are that cloud service providers lock companies in and that the service is pay-per-use. Companies have many options when choosing their cloud usage, so if they are careful when choosing a provider, they are not necessarily locked in. As for payment, some plans are pay-per-use, but others offer subscription-based pricing. Depending on needs and usage, different companies will benefit from different payment plans.

When it comes to cloud computing, safety is always a top concern. With advances in technology, usage has become more safe and secure. There are regulatory standards that providers must meet. Keeping software and hardware up to date can also help. Some people believe that they need multiple clouds to run their business, but more providers are creating comprehensive options that meet a variety of needs. And cloud computing benefits companies in more ways than just cost savings. The flexibility and innovation of services can provide valuable solutions to running a business.

"Cloud computing is an ever changing industry," explains Peter Wiegandt. "Businesses have so many options on how to use it to their benefit. The can customize their usage to meet specific needs and goals, allowing their company to grow and prosper. As more companies shift to using the cloud, the technology continues to improve and advance. It is important for businesses to understand what they agreeing to, however." Peter Wiegandt encourages businesses to become more informed about the possibilities that cloud computing holds.


Peter Wiegandt is currently President and CEO of Tec 360 and CresCloud. He is also President of Dell Latinamerica and Chairman of Regata Copa Mexico.

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