4 Biggest Cloud Computing Myths [Updated]
Editor's note: This post was originally published on April 17, 2018 and has been revised for clarity and comprehensiveness.
“Data stored in the cloud is not safe.”
“The cloud is much slower and more expensive.”
Those are some of the most common misconceptions about cloud computing, and they are everywhere. They sow confusion and fear, which could keep your business from making the most of the technology. That would be unfortunate because the cloud can offer many benefits that could give you an edge over the competition; the truth is that cloud computing provides cost savings, scalability, enhanced security, and more.
Myth #1: Data on the Cloud Isn't Secure
Security is frequently a top concern in discussions of cloud computing. However, in many ways, data stored on a cloud server is actually more secure than data stored on a company's on-premises server.
With an on-premises server, anybody with physical access could walk in there and start unplugging things, pressing buttons, and causing problems. On the other hand, you have complete control over the cloud, and you can ensure everything is buttoned down properly.
Many cloud service providers (CSPs) utilize state-of-the-art cloud facilities to protect data against power outages, fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, lightning, theft, and other risks. In addition, their systems are typically monitored around the clock to ensure everything runs seamlessly. That's because trust is a crucial aspect of a CSP's business model. If customers think a cloud service is unsafe, there are plenty of other providers to choose from.
Myth #2: Cloud Servers are Slower Than On-Premise Infrastructure
The speed of the cloud is dependent entirely on the speed of your internet. Some people don't realize that your internet speed becomes far more critical when everything is on the cloud because you must go through the internet to get to it.
That said, if your organization has high-speed internet with multiple redundancies built in, your cloud should operate at peak efficiency. That means it's going to be faster. It will also allow teams from different locations to collaborate as if they were in the same building, providing a massive efficiency boost for your businesses.
However, if you don't have a good internet connection, you will experience challenges, not just with the cloud. It could slow down every app or system that relies on an internet connection. In this case, consider upgrading first.
Myth #3: Cloud is Much More Expensive
Cost is actually the number one reason businesses migrate to the cloud, even more crucial than security or high availability. That's partly because cloud costs are much more predictable than traditional on-premises servers.
The average lifespan of an on-premises server is less than five years. Using one beyond that time frame means you're using equipment that could fail at any moment. Worse, a replacement will often cost tens of thousands of dollars. That massive expense could pop up any time after the first five years of using a server.
With cloud computing, there are no unpleasant surprises. Hardware upgrades happen seamlessly and automatically while the monthly costs remain steady. Plus, cloud computing is scalable, allowing businesses to pay for only what they need as they grow.
Myth #4: Cloud Migration is Too Difficult
It's true that cloud migration can be a challenge as there is a lot of planning and considerations like budget, security, and the amount of downtime to think of. However, you shouldn't let that stop you from leveraging cloud computing for your business. Enlisting the services of IT experts will make the process less difficult; these experts can help you manage and navigate the pitfalls of migrating to the cloud.
You can reach out to IT consultants and managed service providers (MSPs) for help in making a smooth transition. They have the experience and technical know-how to make your migration as problem-free as possible.
Benefits of Cloud Computing
As we mentioned above, cloud computing can bring a lot of advantages to your business. Check out some of the benefits you can expect below:
1. Scalability and Flexibility
Flexibility is crucial for small to midsize businesses (SMBs). That's because periods of growth or decline can come rapidly without warning. Cloud computing allows you to scale up to meet your organization's needs without investing in physical infrastructure. Or, you can scale down quickly when you need to manage your resources.
2. Cost Savings
You only pay for the resources you use. That helps prevent you from overprovisioning your on-premises data center. Not to mention, since the CSPs will manage and maintain the service from their end, your IT team will have more time to focus on more strategic work that helps grow your business.
3. Better Collaboration
Cloud storage allows your team to access data anywhere and anytime they need. That means people in your office can collaborate in real-time with teams from any location, whether from your remote sites or a different country. That can open up your business to expand to new areas. Not to mention, you can also choose from a bigger pool of talent.
4. Advanced Cybersecurity
Despite the myth that cloud computing security isn't safe, it's actually the opposite. The cloud can strengthen your security posture. CSPs offer a broad range of security features, automatic maintenance patches, and centralized management. In addition, they also employ top security experts to implement the most effective security solutions.
5. Data Loss Prevention
Natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes are all inevitable. However, data loss isn't. The cloud can help you prevent data loss thanks to backup and disaster recovery features, which could be helpful in emergencies, cyber threats, or even user errors.
Ready to Migrate to the Cloud?
All of the myths surrounding the cloud might have made you question whether it's the best option for your business. Thankfully, you've read through this article, dispelling all the misconceptions, so you can make a better decision before migrating. The advantages of cloud computing are simply too good to pass up without proper consideration.
At ITS, we've helped hundreds of businesses migrate to the cloud. Find out how we can help you by scheduling a free IT assessment. Or, you can check out the resources below for more information:
- How Much Do Cloud Services Cost? [Video]
- 10 Things to Consider Before Moving Your Business to the Cloud
- The Ultimate Guide to Cloud Computing