Last month, I asked developers what is the number one risk with cloud computing, and 59% of the 1,265 respondents answered data security. Now I'm curious to hear what TechRepublic members believe is the best advantage to the cloud paradigm.
I hear pundits talk about cloud's two big advantages: (1) it allows customers to focus on their core competencies and cost and (2) risk mitigation and performance. I can see cost possibly working, but I believe that the cost of maintaining an organization (marketing, salespeople, leadership, etc.) always offsets economics of scale, making the cost a wash; now the customer needs to manage and monitor the relationship, which adds overhead. Regarding the risk mitigation issue, I think the cloud paradigm adds new risks and takes some away. Performance can be a winner, as long as your application does not need to make a lot of roundtrips to the cloud before responding to the user.
So my pick is the core competencies argument. What do you think? Let us know by answering the following poll question and joining the discussion.
Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.