By now we have all heard of cloud computing, but there are so many half-truths, sales pitches and flat out lies regarding the cloud. With all the misinformation out there, how do we know what to believe? Here are the top 5 myths about cloud computing with honest explanations debunking the claims.
Seeing past these myths is critical to make the right decisions about if migrating to a cloud solution is right for your organization.
1. The Cloud is Not Secure – This is probably the most prevalent of all the myths about cloud computing. To put it simply, not all clouds are created the equal. A cloud is only as secure as the team of Engineers who designed and manage it. With that said, having a team experienced Systems Architects and Security Engineers design a highly redundant infrastructure is typically out of the budget for most small to medium size businesses (SMB). The cloud has allowed SMBs to have access to such systems. Pick your cloud vendor wisely, do your research and make sure their data center is SSAE 16 Compliant. This is a good start and you know that their infrastructure has been validated by an independent third party for security and redundancy.
2. The Cloud is the Perfect Solution – Well nothing is perfect. While the cloud can solve many problems and is quickly replacing premise-based computing, it is not without shortcomings. Namely, legacy software. Older versions of software typically do not operate well in the cloud and often require a great deal of manipulation to get working. The cloud is new, and employees are often resistant to change. Even if a new system is better, has more features and costs less, you will not go without your share of complaints.
3. Cloud Computing is a Fad – If you hear this from somebody, they probably have their pager and fax number on their business card.
4. The Cloud is Not Reliable – To go back to my first point, all cloud are not created equal. The design of any cloud is rooted in redundancy, so it is likely more reliable than the average in house server room. The level of reliability is all up to the team behind it, so make sure to do your research first and make sure the cloud service provider maintains a stellar uptime record.
5. The Biggest Benefit of the Cloud is Lower Costs – While there are potentially huge cost savings when moving to the cloud, that is not always the case. The biggest benefits typically are the ease of management, lowered administrative overhead, increased productivity and auto-scaling of systems. The flexibility gained by utilizing the cloud is often the biggest benefit and indirectly can result in a lowering your bottom line.
To sum it up, the cloud is here to stay and is a viable solution for all size businesses. Make sure you get the real story on the costs of the cloud for your organization, migration has costs and can impact productivity, you don’t want a whole new set of problems. Do your homework and understand all your options. A good cloud service provider will ask about your organization objectives and work with you to design a custom solution.
Remember the cloud is not a one-size-fits-all solution. If you are interested in learning more about cloud computing for your organization, call us at 949.631.7000. We help all size organizations move to the cloud. The consultation is free.