We’ve sifted through some of the more prevalent myths about cloud computing and come up with what we think are the top three.
Myth 1: Security Is An Issue With Cloud
The perception is that cloud computing is less secure. In reality, this is more about trust and not based on any reasonable analysis of actual security capabilities. Do you trust the cloud service provider and its technology to protect and maintain your data? Cloud computing providers may even have better security features than your in-house protocol. The cloud is their business, and making it secure is fundamental. To date, there have been very few security breaches in the public cloud — most breaches continue to involve on-premises data center environments.
Myth 2: Mission-Critical Systems Should Not Be On Cloud
This is a common approach. Off-load the low value applications, but keep your mission critical, complex workloads at home. And it may be appropriate for some organizations, but not because the cloud cannot handle it. The bare metal cloud servers have proven to have the power needed for heavy, complex workloads. For workloads that need scale, a hybrid cloud environment is beneficial. Cloud bursting is an application deployment model in which an application runs in a private cloud and bursts into a public cloud when the demand for computing capacity spikes. The advantage of this hybrid cloud deployment is that you only pay for extra compute resources when they are needed. Lastly, many enterprises are born in the cloud and run all aspects of their business, including mission-critical, completely in the cloud.
Myth 3: The Cloud Is Best For Large Enterprises
Not so. The beauty of cloud computing is that there is a range of available solutions. There is no minimum amount of workload required to play. Large enterprises may be able to incorporate the cloud into their systems on a much bigger scale than smaller companies, but effective use of cloud services can be made by companies of all sizes. It’s important for companies, small and large, to know their requirements, so that you can select a cloud service that meets those needs.
Bonus Myth: The Cloud Locks You In
Again, this is more of a trust issue. Fear of being locked into a cloud service is a common reason businesses may be hesitant to move to the cloud. Some believe that once an organization’s data is connected with one cloud provider, they will be unable to retrieve the data in its original form. Please know that there are industry standards that protects and prevents you from being locked in. Choose a cloud provider who follows proper industry standards and who allows you to easily export data from the cloud at any time.
Flagship Solutions Group can help you clarify any misconceptions you have about cloud computing. We understand that cloud computing myths are the result of miscommunication and assumptions. Organizations use cloud services in different ways – it is not a one-size-fits-all solution. We can help you find the cloud solution that best fits your needs. And remember, if you run across someone sleepwalking, wake them up for their own safety.
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