Cloud computing can be prone to some misconstrued perceptions due to confusion and hype that often comes with it. Although cloud computing is growing rapidly, with IDC predicting cloud IT infrastructure spending will reach $53.1 billion by 2019, these cloud myths can dangerously hinder a business from real innovation and outcomes.
Let’s review the top four myths that revolve around the cloud and see if you’re dangerously living under those misconstrued perceptions!
Myth 1: Cloud is Less Secure Than In-House Infrastructures
The biggest apprehension when it comes to the cloud is security. Its ability to store important and sensitive information in a safe and secure environment is the main concern for business leaders, and rightfully so. This misconception about a lack of security comes from the misconception that the cloud is a place that everyone has access to, leading to stolen or changed data. This is inaccurate. Traditional infrastructures hold data in a vulnerable location that can be physically breached, or harmed by natural disasters. Cloud environments, on the other hand, hold data in a virtual space where it cannot be harmed, with multiple safeguards in place to prevent any outside access.
It’s all about security management. That is where an excellent cloud provider comes in. HTG offers the highest quality protection when it comes to client data and information. A customer’s information is secured to multiple layers of both physical and network security. Our cloud solutions are powered out of fully redundant Tier 3 Class 1 data centers that have multiple physical security measures in place. Only authorized data center personnel are granted access to the data center facilities, who must have prior clearance and an escort.
This quote explains it perfectly: “Cloud providers are often more secure because they dedicate themselves to security in ways many firms don’t, since a loss of security credibility would be death for a cloud provider.”
Myth 2: The Cloud Is Costly
When considering any kind of technology installment or environment change, money is a huge component that a business considers. Many think that moving to a virtual environment will mean massive costs. While costs will depend largely on the exact solution a business chooses, cloud, in general, shifts a lot of capital expenditure to operational expenditure, which often reduces costs and makes them more predictable.
On-site, physical infrastructure is actually the culprit that’s eating away at your budget. Not only is it a massive upfront investment, but it needs to be regularly upgraded, refreshed, maintained and fixed. This means spending on hardware, upgrades, replacements, space, energy, and more. It’s a waste of both money and valuable time.
In contrast, cloud computing is scalable, allowing expenses to adjust with resource needs. A business has the ability to consume and pay as their demand for services goes up or down. Our cloud solutions offer a pay-as-you-go plan, leading to a create deal of cost agility. Additionally, you’re no longer the one making the huge technological investments. The provider takes care of that, both paying for and managing the infrastructure and all that comes with it.
If that doesn’t have you convinced, then perhaps this stat will: 88% of cloud users point to cost savings as a cloud benefit.
Myth 3: The Cloud Is Too Confusing
According to a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research, 1 in 5 Americans confessed that they’ve pretended to know what the cloud is and how it works. Most people, not knowing to relate the cloud to IT and business, related it to the weather. Confusion can impede a business from moving forward, so let’s clear this up:
Cloud computing is a technology that uses a network of remote servers to store, manage, and process data, rather than the traditional local servers you might have on-site today. It functions through the Internet. All of the data that businesses store in their own in-house servers transfers instead to a cloud provider’s infrastructure, which is secure and constantly taken care of by that cloud provider’s team – therefore releasing a business from wasting energy, resources, time, money, and personnel on tasks that are unnecessary for it to do itself.
If we do relate this back to the weather to better understand it, than think of the “cloud” as a metaphor for “Internet” – that’s how businesses and users access these resources.
Cloud computing provides businesses with growth opportunities, high performance, quality, affordable prices, easy collaboration, and simple data access.
Myth 4: My IT Team Disappears
Another very false but important myth to underline is the fear that IT is removed. While businesses could use the cloud as an opportunity to shrink staff, that’s not actually necessary with the cloud move. Instead, the cloud takes care of the basic IT tasks that tie up your employees’ time. It frees up their time, so IT personnel can instead innovate and focus on things that are more prudent and strategic for the business.
The cloud allows businesses to eliminate the need to continually update its own technology infrastructures and software. This relates back to cutting down cost. Cloud minimizes IT costs. It doesn’t have to eliminate your IT team but instead allows IT to focus on their more business-enhancing tasks instead of worrying about traditional, old ways of updating, managing and fixing your infrastructure.
The benefits of cloud computing are undeniable, and we hope we busted a few common cloud myths for you. Cloud is common in the business world today. It’s no longer brand new, and it’s certainly not a fad. Don’t let the myths get in the way of finding a suitable cloud solution for your organization. Chances are it can address the majority of your business problems. Want to learn more about the benefits of cloud services? Visit our Managed Cloud Services page!