Four Common Cloud Computing Myths Debunked

June 30, 2015 by Alex Collins, IT Services Consultant

Cloud_Myth_DebunkedReluctant to put your data in the cloud? We don't blame you, it's a big step. However, mainstream opinion on cloud computing is evolving in a different direction, as the global cloud computing market is expected to reach a value of $270 billion in 2020.

Are you sure your assumptions about cloud computing are correct? Check your beliefs against these four common myths - and see what side of the line you stand on afterward.

Myth 1: "The cloud isn't ready for mission-critical use."

When downtime simply isn't an option for your business, putting your data in an untested technology may seem foolhardy. But cloud computing technology has evolved past the experimental stage: today, more companies have realized their most mission-critical applications require being in the cloud!

With the new cloud-based paradigm, outside providers like All Covered take over the management of servers and data. Local IT teams can focus on their core competencies, without worrying about any downtime whatsoever: reputable cloud providers use robust enterprise-class architecture validated by the industry's top vendors. As a result, cloud clients can take reliable access and guaranteed system uptime for granted.

Myth 2: "My data's more secure in on-premises servers than in the cloud."

In truth, physical proximity to one's servers is no guarantee your data's safe at all. Sure, your own IT managers exercise direct control over your servers' security, but do they really have the right training to contend with any possible threat to your data?

In reality, cloud vendors are much more prepared to deal with security threats than the average IT manager. Because they stake their reputation on their ability to secure their clients' data, their security infrastructure tends to be far more impregnable to outside threats .

Take All Covered's Cloud Servers - they're hosted in a secure, private, SOC 1 / SOC 2 compliant cloud datacenter; and each Cloud Server gets its own dedicated firewall, allocated RAM, disk space and bandwidth. And that's just the stuff we're allowed to tell you!

"It's a psychological fear, akin to believing money under the mattress is safer than money in the bank," explains Alexander Pasik, Chief Information Officer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). "Overcoming this fear... will allow companies to reap the savings associated with moving mission-critical applications to the cloud."

Myth 3: "Behind the cloud, you'll find a machine."

Well, yes... and no. The link between the cloud and server has evolved. The cloud server is actually a virtual machine that is distributed across a larger hardware platform, and has ceased to be an actual, physical server.

When the server is virtual rather than physical, clients enjoy greater redundancy, security and scalability.

Individual cloud server systems utilize their own virtual firewalls, backup systems, remote monitoring and technical support. As a client, you can scale your bandwidth as your business needs change. You can run multiple operating systems and applications on a single server, or connect users to your system regardless of their location.

And because your server is cloud-based, you get access to cutting edge server technologies and enjoy uninterrupted server uptime without having to purchase new hardware and software every upgrade cycle!

Myth 4: "Transitioning to the cloud is an all or nothing affair."

You can jump into the cloud feet-first... or you can start using it in increments. The scalability of cloud computing allows you to plug in systems and services only as your business objectives require them.

And as cloud services require little to no turnover time to implement, you'll find yourself with far more wiggle room to experiment with far less risk. "On-demand cloud resources provide the way to try out new ideas without extreme investments in supporting systems," explains Forbes technology correspondent Joe McKendrick. Over time, as your demands evolve, the cloud can provide you with the necessary resources in hours, not weeks.

The Lowdown

Deployed properly, cloud computing services can reduce hardware costs, upgrades, and maintenance - all while providing you with added processing power for your critical business applications, increased mobility for your workers, and a more agile, scalable system that can handle future changes without choking.

In the future, where will your business be if not in the cloud?

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