The biggest myths surrounding cloud computing
In opinon / By Nigel Redwood / 08 January 2018
Despite the rapid adoption of cloud computing and its positive impact on business, there are still some myths, concerns, and misinformation around deploying and running applications in the cloud. As the cloud isn’t tangible, it is only natural that people may have their doubts, however once implemented it difficult to imagine going back to life without it.
In view of this, we are going to start by dispelling the biggest myths about cloud computing that are making the rounds on the internet.
The cloud isn’t safe
Security is most businesses’ main concern when it comes to using the cloud, however, this is the easiest myth to debunk.
It is no surprise that security is a key concern for people when thinking of moving to the cloud. A security breach for any business could not only result in the sale of your trading secrets to your competitors but also potentially bring down your entire site and cause you to lose a lot of revenue and customer trust.
In reality, security risks when using the cloud are equivalent to when using traditional IT solutions, however, there is one key difference. When using the cloud, you’re not alone when it comes to the security of your company's data as the responsibility is shared with your cloud’s hosting provider.
If you’ve decided to move to the cloud, you’ll have access to your cloud provider’s top-notch security team - sounds good to us!
Cloud storage offers security against both digital and physical attacks. Additionally, most of today’s tech providers have moved to the cloud, meaning we are going to see more and more innovations happening in the cloud, and you don’t want your business to be left out.
It isn’t necessary
Today’s workforce is becoming increasingly reliant on their personal devices, and BYOD (bring your own device) is more popular than ever. Allowing employees to connect personal mobile devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets with ease to the corporate network offer many potential benefits, including reduction of IT spend, increased job satisfaction and improved productivity. The cloud enables access anywhere, anytime on any device without the need to build the infrastructure to support it. With cloud computing, if you’ve got an internet connection you can be at work. And with most serious cloud services offering mobile apps, you’re not restricted to which device you’ve got to hand.
Using the cloud also means that collaborating becomes easier within a business. As you can edit a document from anywhere, from anytime you employees are able to do more together. Cloud-based workflow and file sharing apps help them make updates in real time and gives them full visibility of their collaborations. What’s not to like?
The cloud is always cheaper
While it may not always be cheaper to move to the cloud, it is more cost-effective. The cloud works best for variable demands and workloads, where you have higher demand at certain times and lower demand at others. The cloud allows you to switch servers off as and when you need to. This means you can improve cost efficiency by more closely matching your cost pattern to your revenue and demand pattern. In addition, switching to an operational expenditure model rather than a capital expenditure one may be a desirable outcome for many businesses.
The thought of moving the majority of your company's data over to a new storage system may seem daunting, however, this is a relatively easy challenge to solve. While some cleansing and architecture revisions may be required, particularly if you are currently working on very old servers, migrating to the cloud should be relatively pain-free. Usually, any short-term inconvenience is small in comparison to the long-term benefits of greater efficiency.
On the other hand, as with any change you are ever going to make in your company, you should take it slow to ensure you understand how the cloud truly works. Proper training should also be implemented for all staff so they feel comfortable using the cloud and to ensure that it is used by all areas of the business.
Using the cloud has an abundance of benefits from security, cost-effectiveness, and collaboration, it’s no wonder using the cloud has become the new normal.
Contact Nasstar today to see how we can help dispel the myths around cloud computing.