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There’s no denying that the future of IT is in the cloud. Oracle, who in their early days had been accused of promoting fake cloud solutions. In late 2016, Oracle purchased NetSuite, and now, ironically, Oracle’s NetSuite advertising warns customers of the ‘fake cloud’ competitors. NetSuite points out benefits of ‘true’ cloud solutions:
- No worry about upgrades, integrations and customizations
- Better uptimes, security and support than on-premise
- No need to overbuy or overprovision
Gerrit Olivier, CEO of About IT, said that “Fake Cloud ERP is hosted on a file server either on-premise or on a file server but served up via the cloud. It’s ERP that’s been jury rigged to run in the cloud but it’s not a cloud-native solution… It presents certain limitations, such as not being able to install it on mobile devices nor being able to access it from mobile devices, it uses too much bandwidth, making it slow, unresponsive and more expensive to operate.”
There are benefits to using the cloud. But does it always matter if a solution is a ‘true’ or ‘fake’ cloud solution? Software delivery should be one factor but not the only criteria used when deciding whether something is the ‘best’ solution. Cost, features, and usability are factors that need to be considered and which may well trump considerations for how the solution is delivered.
Gartner analyst Anton Chuvakin, wrote that “I’d venture a guess that some people will prefer cloud-native tools, while other will justifiably go for fake cloud, especially if it happens to have all of their required benefits.”