Cloud computing has become an increasingly talked-about topic in recent years, but its disruptive nature makes it susceptible to myths and misunderstandings. These (often unfounded) concerns make it difficult to objectively determine whether the cloud is right for your company. Here are some debunked myths to help you make an informed decision about the right kind of technology to adopt for your business.
The cloud is not secure
Cloud security is the most common cause of hesitation for CIOs and business owners alike. This fear stems from the how abstract the Cloud is; it is more conceptual than concrete. A server is perceived to be more secure because of its physical presence—metal casing, blinking lights, and all. It’s much easier to assume that server-based infrastructure is in your control more than the cloud is, simply because it’s something you can actually see, but in reality, it has the same risks as the cloud does. The difference lies in your support system—cloud adopters share the responsibility of security with their hosting providers, who are far better equipped to deal with any issues that may arise. Think of it this way: it’s absolutely essential for cloud service providers to get security right because it’s the backbone of their industry. Any security breach can immediately make a cloud hosting provider’s business collapse. On the other hand, IT professionals have a lot of other issues that they have to deal with, so they don’t spend half as much time constantly maintaining security.
Transitioning to the cloud is too complicated
Any major change comes with an adjustment period, but cloud migration can be a lot less painful than it seems. IT professionals are usually concerned about two possible problems—data loss and downtime—but these issues can easily be minimized with the right preparations and provisions. A small IT team that has to grapple with cloud migration on top of their regular assignments may be overwhelmed because of the time-consuming nature of the task at hand, but with the help of a reliable, trustworthy hosting provider, the shift can be seamless and pain-free. If additional help is needed, companies can even call on IT managed services providers to help with project planning, management, and execution. Either way, as long as the company’s leaders have a well thought out strategy for the big move, project implementation can go much smoother than expected.
The cloud isn’t here to stay
Despite what naysayers believe, the cloud is not a fad, passing fancy, or temporary solution. Though the name only came about recently, the concept has been evolving and being refined over past years. The cloud offers the chance to form close relationships with clients, improve business models, and collaborate across different teams more efficiently than ever before. If you are concerned about the effects of cloud adoption on the IT industry, there’s no need to worry—the cloud isn’t taking jobs away from IT professionals. On the contrary, it has created even more job opportunities, because there’s now a need for experts who are cloud-savvy and can handle its development. The growth of the cloud is wildly impressive and shows no signs of stopping—according to a Goldman Sachs study, spending on cloud computing infrastructure and platforms is expected to grow at a 30% compound annual growth rate from 2013 to 2018. This is quite a jump compared to the 5% growth predicted for the overall enterprise IT.
If you still have some hesitations about making the big move, take heart. Cloud computing is quickly nearing its maturity, and those who take a leap of faith now will be the first to reap its rewards. After all, what’s a little inconvenience in the face of long-term benefits?