Are you still weighing up the pros and cons of adopting cloud computing for your organisation’s IT? Are you trying to decipher cloud computing myths from reality? Taking on a technology that’s new to you is a huge decision. There’s so much information to absorb and it’s something you really can’t afford to get wrong.
Cloud computing is here to stay. It’s been embraced by companies and schools big and small and is heavily relied upon for a lot of our personal activity. The cloud for business and education purposes is now incredibly reliable and an efficient tool for all.
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about cloud computing. Here are the top seven we come across most regularly and why they’re not necessarily 100% accurate.
1. The Cloud is Less Secure
Reputable cloud providers put a lot of investment into their cloud security – their budgets are immensely larger than that of a small organisation. Whereas the risks are the same regardless of who you are, the security solutions of a cloud giant may be above and beyond what you’re able to provide yourself.
2. Cloud Computing is Too Expensive
Moving to the cloud was traditionally seen as a significant expense that hindered many companies in their technological advancement. The market for cloud today is so varied that this can no longer be declared as true. There are so many options available and competition is rife within the providers, that getting a few quotes doesn’t hurt as a starting point.
Don’t forget it’s not always just about the monetary expense. Consider savings that could be made elsewhere, in terms of customer satisfaction, reduced premises cost, unpredictable hardware costs, disaster recovery savings and more. You’ll also gain competitive advantage over those in your industry who haven’t modernised and will be able to scale up your business far more rapidly.
3. The Cloud is Not Environmentally Friendly
When a business runs their own private datacentre they need to use power for operation, cooling and lighting. In a cloud datacentre, although the estate is immensely larger, efficiencies are gained by multiple businesses using the same resources. Major providers also have the ability to invest in the latest power-efficiencies. If you multiplied the number of businesses in a cloud datacentre, by the amount of power each one would independently need, this figure would be much greater.
4. Cloud Computing Reduces Employment
As with many technological shifts, where jobs are lost, jobs are also created. While it may not be necessary for every business or school to have an on-site Network Manager following a migration to the cloud, there will be more opportunities opening up with cloud providers as they look for those with suitable skills and expertise to maintain and grow their businesses.
5. Cloud Migration is Too Complicated
With the help of an experienced hosting provider you will be able to migrate to the cloud with ease. They should assign an engineer to walk you through the process with minimal downtime. If you’re running an outdated estate, there may be intermediate steps required to get you ready for the cloud.
6. The Cloud is Inflexible
When you need to increase your computing resources in the cloud you simply put in a request and it all happens behind the scenes. When you need to make a change to on-premise software you may need to buy in and install additional hardware or software. You may also need to hire someone to make the modification for you if there is no on-site expertise.
7. The Cloud Fits Every Workload
This is and isn’t a myth. The cloud comes in so many different variations these days that chances are every business will be able to use cloud computing for their operations to some extent. This is what’s known as a hybrid cloud set up. Some elements may be in the public cloud, while others better suited to being in a private cloud setup, on-premise.
M-Tech are advocates of cloud computing. We designed and architected our own cloud platform which is hosted at leading datacentres across the country. Whether you are totally new to the world of cloud computing, or looking for a new provider, we will support you through the process from start to finish and help quash those cloud computing myths.