The cloud is . . . well, an actual cloud.
Unfortunately, no less than 29 percent of respondents in a survey conducted by Wakefield Research thought so.
The idea of cloud computing might still seem daunting, and in many cases, confusing for many businesses. As a company 100% born in the cloud, we will help you debunk many misconceptions so you can use the cloud to your advantage.
Myth #1: Cloud Computing is Complex
One of the biggest misconceptions - many people believe tech experts are the only ones who can use the cloud effectively. Cloud computing involves a massive network of data centers across regions. Because you need 1 or 2 technical specialists to take care of your in-house server network, you will probably need many more experts to figure out, access, and control your deployments in the cloud . . . right?
The truth? Even those with little or no understanding of technology are qualified to manage the cloud.
The cloud is packed with automation features that make things simple. From data storage, user access, to application management, there are several solutions to help you automate these processes in the cloud. In addition, user-friendly dashboards and informative, graphic-rich reporting are a couple of typical cloud features that simplify complex information and processes for non-technical users.
Myth#2: Cloud Computing is Risky
The misconception that cloud computing is a potential security risk comes from the fact that cloud service providers store your information in multiple data centers, leaving it vulnerable to third-party intrusion or even outright theft . . . right?
The truth? Unless you can spend millions of dollars on security and compliance, it is highly unlikely that you can compete with the security that public cloud providers can offer.
It may seem that having your data physically close to you on your servers is more protected, but the location of where your data resides doesn’t necessarily determine how secure it is. Threats are just as prevalent in on-premises environments as they are in the cloud.
Data security is quite robust in the cloud, offering a multi-layer approach to security that’s built into their infrastructure. In fact, most cloud service providers implement controls far more sophisticated than those implemented for on-site solutions. This security is in place while data is in-transit and while it is stored in the cloud. Many providers also use sophisticated encryption technology to add another layer of security.
Furthermore, compliance with latest security standards is made simpler in the cloud. A good cloud provider will proactively ensure adherence to the latest security compliance requirements.
For example, Microsoft offers the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings to help you comply with national, regional, and industry-specific requirements governing the collection and use of individuals’ data.
Myth #3: It’s a Long, Complex (again, really?) Migration to the Cloud
Many businesses refrain from migrating their IT infrastructure to the cloud because it is time-consuming and will lead to downtime or data loss . . . right?
The truth? It might be … if you migrate your data to the cloud manually with no cloud expert guiding the process. Then, it can eat up your time and resources.
But managed service providers know that most companies don’t want to deal with this tedious task. They can ease the migration process with a full plan to accommodate your requirements and provide needed support for successful cloud adoption.
There are many automation tools for both service providers and in-house IT team to speed up the migration process, so instead of taking days and weeks, you can migrate the whole deployment to the cloud within a few hours.
Also, there will be zero downtime, as the migration will take place behind the curtain while existing systems and services continue to run. Once everything is synchronized, you can seamlessly switch to the cloud environment without any interruptions.
Yes, you’ll need to have a few conversations with your provider to plan the process. But migration has become simple and time-efficient with advancement in cloud technology and automation tools.
If you’re wondering why you haven’t move to the cloud sooner, it’s probably a good time to check out our cloud migration and cloud workspace delivery package.