Cloud computing sounds so futuristic, doesn’t it? It might also seem risky and too immature to trust with your business. But what if we told you that you’ve probably been using the cloud for years? That’s right, if you use web-based email, you use the public cloud. The same applies to social media.
Cloud computing shouldn’t overwhelm. Like any technology, its job is to make life easier. If you’re not entirely sure about what it is and what it’s not, here are 4 big myths and the realities behind them.
#1: Every Business Should Use the Cloud
Although cloud computing is clearly the way of the future, we’re not there yet. Further, there’s no indication that the cloud will ultimately wipe out computing as you know it. More importantly, cloud computing isn’t right for every business, at least not right now.
Cloud computing isn’t cheap. That’s another misconception. It’s not entirely reliable, either. According to The Balance, the more you rely on the cloud the more you’re at the mercy of your Internet connection. If that goes pear-shaped, so will your business.
#2: The Cloud Puts Businesses at Security Risks
It’s true, cloud computing can open pathways for security risks. So can an on-site data center as well as a private cloud. “Cloud computing is perceived as less secure,” says Forbes. But the reality is that few public cloud breaches have happened.
As with any other computing option, know the risks before going in. Forbes says you should ask providers to prove their security capabilities. If they can, it’s reasonable to put your cloud-specific fears to rest.
#3: Virtualization and Private Cloud Computing are the Same Things
If it’s not on your desk and it’s not on the premises, then it must be cloud computing, right? Nope. Virtualization and cloud computing work together, but they aren’t the same thing. That might seem like semantics, but terminology matters.
Business News Daily explains that in short, virtualization “is software that manipulates hardware.” Cloud computing is the service that happens as a result of the hardware manipulation. Virtualization and cloud computing complement each other, but they're different.
#4: Cloud Migration is All or Nothing
Especially for smaller businesses, a comprehensive cloud migration probably doesn’t make sense. There are, however, hybrid solutions that might interest you. As the name suggests, hybrid cloud computing is a blend of on-site, private cloud and the public cloud. You choose the blend and balance that’s right for your business.
Hybrid cloud solutions are “the preferred enterprise strategy,” according to a RightScale industry trends survey for 2017. The numbers are slightly misleading, though. Hybrid cloud adoption fell by about 4 percentage points over last year. But when you dig in a little deeper, you’ll find that the reason behind the dip is fewer businesses weaving private cloud solution into the hybrid. Businesses that plan to use a hybrid approach in the future jumped from 55 percent to 58 percent.
Cloud computing is one of the most scalable solutions available. You decide how much or how little you need. And you decide when to expand some areas of cloud computing or trim down others.
If you work with a professional services partner, the most challenging parts of cloud migration could be handed off to experts. That leaves you free for more important things, such as watching the costs go down as more and more businesses get on board.
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