In 2006, major companies like Amazon and Google started using the term “cloud computing” to mean using the internet to access software, files, and even computing power. Today, cloud computing is essential to the success of any business. In particular, small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) benefit a lot from using the cloud.
But despite its ubiquity, the cloud is still surrounded by myths. It’s time to set the record straight and dispel these cloud computing myths once and for all.
Myth #1: The cloud is the all-in business solution
Cloud computing models can be categorized into public, private, and hybrid, and many varied services are offered based on each type. Because of this, many believe that cloud computing is the "ultimate solution" to every business problem. But just because the cloud is flexible doesn’t mean it encompasses all. Think of cloud computing as having many IT solutions at your disposal; the challenge is finding the right combination of tools that will answer most of your business needs.
Myth #2: Everything should be stored and run on the cloud
The notion that everything needs to be cloud-based also needs to be dispelled. When it comes to cloud providers, their systems and applications need to be compatible with the software you use. And certain cloud providers insist on a lock-in period with them; should you change your mind, you’ll be penalized heavily for it. So be prudent when choosing a cloud provider and what to migrate to the cloud. It pays to canvass around, examine the terms of their contracts, and consult the experts.
Myth #3: Cloud computing enhances productivity
As with the first two myths, cloud computing does not automatically guarantee business productivity. Several factors affect productivity, including employee training and management. But the right cloud computing solutions will definitely benefit your business by improving employee communication and collaboration, thus enhancing business productivity.
Myth #4: Your data is not secure in the cloud
The reality is, hackers have ways of stealing your data regardless of whether it’s stored in the cloud or your on-site servers. But because the cloud is accessible to everyone, the best cloud providers employ the latest, most sophisticated, and multilayered security solutions to ensure data access is limited only to authorized users. The trick is to choose the right cloud provider for your security needs.
Myth #5: The cloud is not that reliable
Cloud providers typically offer a data backup and disaster recovery plan that involves storing your data in multiple servers, often in different sites. Should a disaster strike one of them, your data will remain intact and accessible. That’s more reliable versus on-site data storage, where your backup is often also located within your premises; in case an earthquake or a fire destroys your building, all your data may be lost.
Myth #6: The cloud is expensive
The cloud is actually cheaper than having everything in-house. On-premises systems require you to invest in hardware, software and their licenses, and a full-time staff for IT services. And you need to spend for regular maintenance and be updated with the latest security patches. By contrast, a cloud provider will take care of all of those for a fixed monthly fee, and often at a fraction of the price of doing things in-house. Even better, the cloud provider can propose a customized and cost-efficient plan for your business.
Myth #7: Cloud computing means lower costs
Cloud computing does not promise an automatic cost reduction. In choosing cloud-based solutions, you’ll incur costs in migrating to the cloud, training staff, and partnering with a managed IT services provider (MSP). But that's just the price you pay for benefits like better agility, improved adaptability, and enhanced collaboration. In the long run, your investment will pay off with better productivity as well as more manageable and predictable costs.
Myth #8: The cloud only benefits large companies
The advantages of cloud computing, such as enhanced productivity, lower costs, and improved IT management, can benefit an organization of any size. What’s more, the cloud’s security protocols make it easier for SMBs with limited resources to adhere to certain industries’ stringent compliance regulations.
Myth #9: Cloud migration is risky with lengthy downtimes
It is true, but only if migration is left in the hands of amateurs. With an expert MSP handling your cloud migration, you can be sure your data is in safe hands and downtime will be kept to a minimum.
If you’re in Northern New Jersey, especially in and around Hanover, Morristown, and Madison, and your SMB is interested in taking full advantage of cloud computing, then let our experts at Online Computers help you. We’ve been providing managed IT services for companies in different business sectors such as healthcare, education, legal, and non-profit sectors. Get in touch with us today, and leave the technology to us.