Most Common Cloud Computing Challenges

Cloud computing has gained popularity in the industry due to its many advantages for businesses of all sizes. Despite all the potential and advancement cloud computing has seen recently, there are still numerous challenges that enterprises must overcome. Here are some of the ways that managing cloud challenges is growing more difficult and complex, as well as what businesses can do to succeed in the face of these challenges.
July 11, 2022

Cloud computing is the real-time, on-demand delivery of resources like data and storage. With the market valuation expanding quickly, it has been demonstrated to be innovative in the IT industry. Cloud development has shown to be advantageous for both large public and commercial corporations as well as small-scale firms because it reduces costs. 

Although cloud deployment and usage were already booming before the pandemic, they have suddenly increased during the lockdown. The fact that classes have been moved online, virtual office meetings take place on video chatting platforms, conferences are held electronically, and on-demand streaming apps have a large user base can all be attributed to the enormous increase. Only cloud computing is responsible for making all of this possible. It is safe to say that the cloud is a significant aspect of our lives today, regardless of whether we are businesses, students, developers, or anybody else who relies significantly on it. However, it's also crucial for us to consider the problems and difficulties that come with this dependence. Therefore, we present to you today the most typical challenge encountered when using cloud computing. Let's take a closer look at each of them individually:

1. Data Security and Privacy

The biggest worry when investing in cloud services is security and privacy concerns. It's because you cannot see your data while it is processed and kept by a third-party vendor. You hear about failed authentication, stolen credentials, account hacking, data breaches, etc. every day or so in relation to a certain firm. You become a little more dubious as a result. When utilizing cloud computing, data security is a top concern. Important and private user or corporate data is saved in the cloud. You are responsible for user identification and authorization, identity management, data encryption, and access control even if the cloud service provider guarantees data integrity. Identity theft, data breaches, malware infections, and other security issues on the cloud all lead to a decline in user confidence in your applications. This may result in a possible loss of income as well as status and reputation. Additionally, using cloud computing necessitates sending and receiving massive volumes of data quickly, which makes it vulnerable to data leaks.

In the past, companies used an on premise system, which is a system where everything from infrastructure procurement to software was carried out entirely by the company itself. However, if it is now based on the cloud, we use the internet as a data and application management center, where companies have access rights (login) which makes the system posted on external parties and become public. If the team does not have special expertise then cannot manage/security of the service then the risk of data security and privacy is at stake. It takes a competent IT team to manage cloud servers. This is done to prevent the risk of hack attacks which have a higher potential for on cloud services compared to on premises. Need additional settings for external access and protection related to security and privacy settings that are clear and precise.

Thankfully, cloud service providers are now working to increase security capabilities. You might exercise caution by assuring that the service provider employs secure access control mechanisms and a user identity management system. Make sure database security and privacy protocols are followed

2. Cost Management

Even though almost all cloud service providers adopt a "Pay As You Go" approach, which lowers the overall cost of the resources consumed, there are occasions when a company using cloud computing will incur significant charges. The hidden costs increase when resources are not optimized, for example, when servers are not being used to their maximum capability. The total cost increases if there are sudden surges in use or reduced application performance. One of the other primary causes of rising prices is the underutilization of resources.

You may access application software using a quick internet connection and avoid spending money on pricey computer hardware, software, management, and upkeep thanks to cloud computing. This lowers the price. However, customizing the needs of the company on the external platform is difficult and expensive. Transferring data to a public cloud is another pricey endeavor, particularly for a small business or project.

3. Lack of Expertise and Knowledge

Working with the cloud frequently proves to be a highly laborious process because of its complexity and the great demand for research. It calls for extensive subject knowledge and proficiency. Despite the fact that there are many specialists in the industry, they must regularly upgrade their skills. Because there is such a large supply and demand mismatch in the field of cloud computing, salaries are very expensive. Although there are many open positions, there aren't many qualified cloud engineers, developers, and experts. Upskilling is therefore necessary so that these individuals can actively comprehend, maintain, and develop cloud-based systems with the fewest problems and greatest dependability.

As businesses move their workflows to the cloud, expertise is becoming more and more necessary. It becomes difficult for businesses to keep up with cloud technologies because the tools to manage the cloud are complicated and hiring professionals to manage it all is a time-consuming procedure. aHowever, this pain-point can be eliminated with a specially-trained and specialized IT and development crew that resides in-house. This is a pricey choice, and experts must complete training or get certifications to demonstrate their cloud computing expertise.

4. Binding Services

When a company uses one cloud service provider and decides to migrate to another, it can be a time-consuming process because applications created for one cloud and its application stack must be recreated for the new cloud. Due to the difficulties involved, migrating from one cloud to another is not flexible. When switching cloud solutions, problems with handling data movement, establishing security from start, and networks also arise, limiting flexibility.

This poses a serious problem for cloud computing. The truth is that any company using cloud storage or backup services must adhere to all applicable laws and regulations. If the data comes from public sources, a corporation migrating its native data to the cloud must adhere to specified general body standards. Therefore, it can be difficult to choose the best cloud service company.

It is essential to look for cloud vendors who can govern according to their requirements and who are adaptable. When negotiating, all parties must make sure that all rules are followed.

5. Mandatory Governance and Regulation

Companies are required to follow the governance norms of the cloud service providers, who manage the infrastructure resources. Despite the fact that IT teams generally have no influence over data processing, this has sparked worries about data quality and risk management. Several cloud providers regulate the implementation of cloud servers located abroad but this is against the regulations in Indonesia that data may not be stored on cloud servers located abroad. For this reason, cloud providers must be able to overcome these problems by building data servers that are accredited with government regulations in Indonesia.

They should use strict governance and control mechanisms to deploy the cloud across the entire organization in order to prevent any problems during onboarding. Service provider assets should be installed and used in accordance with established policies thanks to sound IT governance. The group should also guarantee complete asset control and upkeep in order to support commercial objectives.


The corporate environment is constantly being disrupted by technology. Cloud computing is by far the best computing resource at everyone's disposal, despite all the challenges it faces. Cloud computing conveniently manages complex data, problems with data storage, and automates data interpretation. While there are difficulties, making the most of it requires a strategic approach and the skills of the IT teams to make sure the advantages outweigh the difficulties.

The benefits of cloud computing cannot be overstated or ignored, despite its many drawbacks. Businesses of all sizes are increasingly using cloud computing. In the end, we would say that the cloud provides a solid foundation for corporate growth and success. However, we should exercise caution when adopting one. Make sure to pick your provider carefully, look into their compliance practices, and confirm that they have a strategy in place to address risks and weaknesses.

Written by Denny Fardian
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