Today, cloud computing has been adopted by almost every organization as it helps in business operations in one way or another. Many organizations are preferring cloud computing to virtualization because the former has brought many benefits to these organizations. That said, it does not mean that cloud computing doesn’t have challenges. Many organizations are still investing in cloud computing to solve their problems. However, the challenges which these organizations face include concerns around availability and connectivity as well as regulatory and security issues.

Adopting the cloud with the highest performance values for an organization can be complicated and expensive depending on the applications used. Therefore, it is imperative for these organizations to manage the challenges associated with having a third party manage their sensitive data. Here are the top four cloud computing challenges in 2017.

Lack of resources and expertise

Lack of the necessary resources and expertise is one of the biggest challenges in cloud computing in 2017. This is attributed to several factors which include lack of training, multiple and different cloud vendors and the introduction of hybrid clouds.

Today, it’s still hard to find training for cloud expertise. Additionally, the lack of many standards and certifications makes it more difficult to know if someone has the required knowledge.

Different cloud vendors use different terminologies, and this gives them different strengths. Cloud providers also differ depending on your needs, and there is usually a high possibility to go for the wrong company if you are not aware of these differences. Also, bringing hybrid cloud infrastructure in the mix has made it even harder for organizations to determine the best choice.

Therefore, it is important to take time to train your employees if you want them to have the proper expertise. This skill can be used to make correct identifications and utilizations of cloud service providers in the organization.

Data security and privacy

Data security remains the biggest challenge in cloud computing. When a cloud service provider hosts confidential information, it means that the vendor receives a considerable amount of end user’s security and privacy control. Therefore, it is critical for the provider to ensure they understand the end user’s privacy and safety requirements. This might seem very easy it poses a significant challenge for the cloud service providers.

Sharing confidential information with an outside party is very risky. Therefore, cloud service users should ensure that their providers are aware of the regulations governing data privacy and security. This makes data security and privacy to remain one of the major challenges in cloud computing in 2017.

Lack of standardization

Many organizations still wonder how secure the cloud is. This question has shed light on the problem of various cloud provider security features which have been attributed to the lack of cloud standardization. Many things come into play when it comes to cloud security. This because the regulations and systems governing the cloud service providers differ.

There are no clear guidelines which direct the operations of cloud providers. The general outcome of this is different cloud providers operating differently, which means that their security protocols also vary. Therefore, lack of standardization still signifies a challenge in cloud computing.

Data ownership

The issue of data ownership is still a challenge in cloud computing, and this comes as a surprise to many cloud users. In cloud computing, the data is in the custody of the cloud provider, and this makes the user lose the ownership of the data. Most contract clauses in cloud computing state that owning data is one way of ensuring the security of the data. Thus, the providers are given more legal protection in case any nonconformity arises.

The cloud is usually located outside the user’s environment and is maintained by third party service providers. The provider is responsible for everything, from implementing security updates to security management. In short, anyone who benefits from cloud services or even considers adopting these services has to accept the risk of sharing their data.

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