The cloud is perhaps one of the most well-known technological innovations in the world. With its popularity, however, has come much discussion about its various benefits, shortcomings, and abilities. Though the cloud is now one of the most widely used technological platforms, its complexity has given rise to a number of myths regarding its most basic concepts. Some of the most common myths have even dissuaded users from making the switch to the cloud altogether. If your company is considering cloud implementation, then you should take a look at these myths—and the truth behind them.
The cloud is guaranteed to save your business money
Businesses that are looking to cut costs often look to the cloud as a potential money-saving solution. Though these organizations may be under the impression that the cloud is sure to save them money, this is not always the case. This is because cloud solutions are rarely offered in a one-size-fits-all approach. The cost of cloud services will vary dramatically depending on the features that each customer selects. Between high user volume, large data amounts, and number of applications in use, a business can see unexpectedly high cloud bills. Additional factors such as cloud app support and operational assistance can increase costs even more.
Those who are looking to save money with the cloud will therefore need to build their cloud model around only their organization’s most pressing storage needs. With fewer cloud features, you can enjoy a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). One of the best ways for you to minimize your costs throughout cloud use is to add and subtract the number of servers you use depending on your current system demands.
You need to use the cloud for as much as possible
Another one of the most common cloud myths involves cloud use itself. Many businesses looking to migrate their infrastructure to the cloud believe that they should be using the cloud for everything. It is not uncommon for organizations to view the cloud as an “all or nothing” model that requires them to take a comprehensive approach to migration and use. Despite the fact that the cloud can benefit every type of company, it is not the perfect fit for all workloads.
Instead of moving as much as you possibly can to the cloud, you should rather look at the elements of your organization that could benefit the most from migration to a digital platform. For example, portable applications and applications that see high amounts of traffic make excellent candidates for the move to the cloud.
You should make additional considerations regarding your various company departments. Though your sales team may need to migrate to the cloud for communication purposes, your finance team could very well carry on with its on-premise system. In cases such as these, moving every type of workload to the cloud would simply be a waste of resources.
Other cloud users can access your stored information
Since cloud providers often house their customers’ data in public clouds, many believe the myth that any user on this shared platform can access and view their data. It is true that the public cloud model enables multiple tenants to use the same network, but this does not mean that users can connect to the files of others on the same server. Cloud users have their own space on the server that is entirely separate from that of their fellow customers.
Cloud vendors are able to achieve this separation through techniques like encryption, which helps minimize the threat of data breaches or other unauthorized access. For additional peace of mind, you should consider keeping your company’s most sensitive information in an on-site server instead of in the cloud.
You will find weaker security in the cloud
Security—or lack thereof—is one of the biggest myths about the cloud. In fact, many organizations choose to forego cloud use because they believe the cloud does not offer the security they need to protect their data. However, the cloud can afford the same security as on-premise solutions, if not more.
The security of your files will rely mainly on the measures that your cloud vendor takes to secure its data centers. To safeguard your data from security threats, your provider will employ a number of different measures, including file encryption and firewall services. Using these precautions and more, your vendor will fully comply with crucial ISO and PCI DSS security standards.
Cloud computing is nothing more than a fad
Though it may seem as though the cloud has only been around for a few years, its basic concept has been around for more than 50. Moreover, the first cloud services debuted in the late 1990s. This makes cloud computing far more than the fad that many believe it to be.
The cloud is constantly evolving to suit the varying needs of its customers, a fact which is causing more and more businesses to make the switch from traditional infrastructure. As companies continue to invest in the cloud, this market will only continue over the years. According to a 2013 report from McKinsey & Company, cloud computing is poised to make an annual economic impact of more than $6 trillion by the year 2025. Projections such as these indicate that the cloud is more enduring than people believe it to be.