We are taking a look at some of the specific myths behind the skepticism toward using cloud storage and busting them one by one.
Myth No. 1: Using cloud means your data will be open to greater security risks. As ‘cloud’ is often associated with ‘public’ spaces, it has an unfair perception of being less secure. In reality, there have been very few security breaches in the public cloud. Research indicates that enterprises implementing appropriate cloud visibility and control tools by 2018 will experience one-third fewer security failures than those that do not.
Myth No. 2: Using the cloud is an all-or-nothing commitment. In actuality, an increasing number of companies are moving some, but not all, of their information to the cloud—and only a small percentage is moving everything there. Not all workloads are optimal for running in the cloud, so you can still keep what you need on site and implement technologies to ensure everything functions seamlessly. This dynamic makes it critical to have either someone on your team or a trusted partner well-versed in cloud logistics, processes and best practices.
Myth No. 3: Cloud storage is more complex than it is worth. Moving to the cloud may seem like a herculean undertaking. But, you don’t need to revolutionize your IT in a single day. Companies of all sizes can realize cloud benefits by simply dipping their toes in the water. Start with moving one application to the cloud (private or public), then more over time as it makes sense. Train engineers. Improve your efficiencies. Learn about your applications and cloud technologies. Find a cloud-experienced partner to optimize your solution and reduce challenges. Enable innovation. Let the experts build, migrate and manage the cloud; like electrical and plumbing work, IT requires the expertise of certified professionals. Who wants short-circuits and leaky pipelines?
Myth No. 4: Using cloud can hamper your company’s performance. Two of the biggest benefits of cloud technology are improved availability and reliability from anywhere in the world. If everything is configured correctly, you will actually see improved performance due to efficient resource utilization and fine-tuned services for things like load balancing, cache and database. Many cloud providers also offer flawless integration service with various content delivery network providers, which can accelerate your dynamic content delivery.
Cloud providers immediately addressed some of cloud’s initial growing pains through improvements and work-specific solutions. They have made their systems resilient to avoid outages, and failures are infrequent compared to other alternatives. The cloud environment can be engineered to adapt to strenuous workloads and high availability requirements that significantly reduce any performance or failure issues.
Today, end-to-end cloud Disaster Recovery automation can eliminate pitfalls and reduce migration time by nearly 75%. The use of VPNs, encryption and compression provided by automation can also ensure that bandwidth issues are avoided—and live migrations eliminate the need to take applications and workloads offline.
Myth No. 5: Cloud storage is cost prohibitive. Many companies make the assumption that moving to the cloud will increase their IT costs. There may be some front-end costs incurred when first moving workloads to the cloud or taking advantage of cloud-based services, but the cloud has proven to provide long-term cost savings as it reduces resources that were previously spent on IT maintenance. Those valuable resources can now support and deliver your business objectives.
While the cost of moving to the cloud is an upfront investment, consider these benefits to your business:
Benefit No. 1: The multitude of properly designed and configured cloud benefits impact your company’s cybersecurity, flexibility, financial and identity and access management.
Benefit No. 2: The substantial advancements in cloud technology since its inception (and especially the last several years)
Benefit No. 3: The ability to leverage the cloud’s massive scale and resultant expertise and resources for your business needs
Benefit No. 4: The freedom to choose a subscription-based cloud as a service, which enables you to access the same benefits but requires a smaller financial investment
Beyond strictly IT considerations, think about the strategic goals of your business. Are you in it beyond the next several years? Because technology has made it abundantly clear that it’s here to stay. Like most investments with your business, the sooner you make a prudent move toward long-term efficiencies of costs, maintenance, resources, capacity, productivity and time-to-market, the sooner you will realize incremental revenue growth and increased value to your company.
TEC Communications is proud to be the first Cisco partner in Northern Ohio. We can help you identify your cloud storage needs and select a strategy that delivers the security, speed and flexibility you need to make your business work as efficiently as possible … from any place, at any time and from any device. Contact us at www.tec4it.com to learn more.