Kevin Fogarty is handing out cloud computing reality checks this week over at Computerworld. If you're one of those companies lured in by dreams that cloud computing will solve your legacy problems, you'd do well to read the article.
Actually, you don't even have to read the whole thing, because the article's subhead pretty well sums it up: "Did you think all those legacy apps would just float up into someone else's cloud infrastructure?" it asks.
Ah, but legacy systems are such a headache, who can blame a leader for dreaming? And such a lovely dream it is, legacy systems offloaded at last onto someone else's infrastructure-out there, somewhere in the clouds, where you don't have to deal with them or think about them, but where you can still access those functions or data, whenever you need them.
But it's time to wake up, Fogarty points out that cloud's hype cycle is ready to plunge into the Trough of Disillusionment, and he's just the sort of guy to give it a gutsy push over the edge. And I'm just the kinda gal to cheer him on.
What's the awful truth? Well, it turns out, all those things that are concerning about software-as-a-service-integration, security, compliance, etc-become even more troubling when you're talking infrastructure.
Fogarty has interviewed several tech leaders and analysts and came up with a list of five reality checkpoints, and several specifically relate to legacy/cloud integration problems.
You might think you know about the integration problems, but this article really brings into focus how bad they can be. Here are a few of the points it raises:
The article goes into more detail about these and other concerns. It's a good read if you'd like to separate the fact from the fiction of moving legacy apps to the cloud.
SMBs might also want to check out Paul Mah's explanation of why the cloud is not for every small business.