Cloud computing offers greater mobility to businesses of all sizes, especially B2B companies. That said, much ground needs to be covered, especially when it comes to cost, security, and privacy.
Currently, there are several myths about cloud migration that are, on the one hand, keeping companies from moving to the cloud, and on the other hand, leading some businesses to overestimate their capabilities.
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Today we will dispel three prevalent myths about cloud computing that will help you make the right decision for your company’s data storage needs.
1. You Need To Know Everything About Cloud
Over the years, the cloud has permeated our lives in the form of online banking and free email services, to name a few examples. But most users of the cloud, including business owners, don’t actually know how it works.
And while it helps to understand the basics of cloud technology, you don’t have to be an expert before you plan migration.
Basically, the cloud is a series of computers, servers, and data centers (more like data powerhouses) all over the world that people can access and upload data on.
When you manage IT and data in-house, you have a greater sense of privacy, but you also have to bear the costs of maintaining servers, hiring experts, and providing backup.
With the cloud, you are sort of renting shared computing space with easy access to your data anytime you need it.
2. You Need To Move Everything To The Cloud
Don’t get us wrong here. It is possible to move everything to the cloud. In fact, a lot of companies are already doing this (Netflix is a prominent example).
But this isn’t ideal for every business. It also depends on your cloud vendor. For instance, many vendors don’t allow you to transfer licenses to the cloud.
Ultimately, your cloud solution will depend on your needs and budget. It also depends on how much control you need.
For instance, you can follow a SaaS model, where all the services will be provided by the vendor, including maintenance and support, and you need basic IT knowledge to benefit from cloud services. Other options like PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) offer greater control to the client but require some degree of technical expertise to implement.
3. Cloud Is Safer Than On-Premise Data Storage
There’s no simple answer to which of the two storage options is safer. Before you move to the cloud, do realize that all online interactions run the risk of a breach. It’s just that the nature of cyberattacks changes in a cloud environment.
Some of the biggest threats to cloud networks include infected users and immediate access to data. Along with making cloud security stronger, you should also consider ways of moving to the cloud that can be facilitated without internet connectivity. This will reduce the risk of hacking.