5 myths about the cloud

Web_Sep30_AOne of the most common tech related terms of the past half decade or so is the cloud. It seems like nearly every software developer and vendor offers cloud-based solutions that will change the world – or at the very least how you work. The cloud is definitely useful, but there are some common myths floating around that frankly confuse many people.

Here are five popular myths about cloud computing and the truth behind them.

Myth 1 – Your data is exposed to outsiders
One of the three major types of cloud service is the public cloud – systems that can be used by anyone where servers are hosted off site e.g., Microsoft Office Web Apps or Google Drive. A common thought about public clouds is that when you are uploading data from your computers or servers to these services, it is exposed to outsiders.

There certainly is a chance of this, but many public cloud providers actually encrypt data, making it harder for outsiders to track. This chance may be too high for some companies, who have instead turned to a private cloud option, where data is not exposed or even viewed by a third party because it stays within their individual network.

Other companies simply don’t update sensitive information to public clouds that they use, opting instead to keep this data on computers or within the network. This is certainly a viable option for many companies.

Myth 2 – You must migrate all systems to the cloud
A common question asked is that if one business function is moved into the cloud – say document production and storage – do all of your systems also have to migrate? The truth is, there is nothing out there saying you actually have to move all of your systems online.

Many cloud platforms support not only other clouds, but offline systems as well. In fact, there are very few companies out there that are fully in the cloud, opting for more of a hybrid environment (some systems remain grounded in the company, while others are migrated to the cloud.)

If you are looking into a cloud system, talk to the vendor or an IT Partner about different options.

Myth 3 – You are stuck in the clouds
There are some public cloud providers out there that would love to lock you into their system, with extra steps to take to remove data, making it harder. In truth, there is always a way to get your data off of the cloud, or onto another cloud system.

Check with your IT partner to ensure that the cloud system you are considering allows for seamless integration with other systems. This means the system will not only work with other systems, but allow you to easily move data and systems to another provider.

There are also services provided by some companies that will help migrate data and files from one cloud to another, making transition easy.

Myth 4 – All clouds are created equal
As with most things in business, what is suitable for your competitor or other businesses may not necessarily be ideal for you. Just because you hear buzz about a new, revolutionary cloud platform doesn’t mean that it will work for your company.

When looking for a solution, you should look for a vendor who will work with you to not only determine your cloud requirements, but can also find a solution that fits these needs and who will work with you to implement changes.

Myth 5 – The cloud isn’t secure
There is this common idea out there that public clouds simply aren’t secure. While security has long been a top issue with cloud related services, the majority of platforms are actually quite secure. Many encrypt files and information stored in the cloud, and have dedicated teams who ensure that their system is as secure as possible.

That being said, there is always a security risk associated with any network, even clouds. If hackers are determined enough, they will find a way in. Therefore, if you are looking into a cloud solution, make sure the one you go with not only performs regular audits but also offers and implements regular updates. Also, taking regular precautions such as backing up files, using strong passwords and encryption when possible will go a long way in ensuring your systems are secure.

Still worried about the cloud? Don’t be! Contact us to see how we can help with a migration and ensure that your cloud options are not only secure but meet your business needs.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

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