The Cloud is a collection of computers, servers, and databases that are connected in a way that users can lease access to share their combined power. Cloud computing is scalable so that buyers can choose to increase or decrease the amount of computing power they need. It’s a set of very complex infrastructure technologies that keeps your data safe and secure. Some of the most common myths about the Cloud are debunked below.
Myth #1: Data isn’t secure in the Cloud.
The Truth: The Cloud’s security architecture is multi-layered, and there are multiple safeguards in place to protect against cyber attacks. Deterrent and preventative controls harden your network against threats and require strong end user authentication. Detective controls ensure that the system is monitored 24/7/365 and respond appropriately if a threat is suspected. Corrective controls manage the damage should a data breach occur. All these things work together to protect your sensitive information and intellectual property, especially where federal compliance regulations are an issue.
Myth #2: The Cloud is just a passing trend.
The Truth: According to the latest forecast from Gartner Inc., worldwide end-user spending on public Cloud services is forecast to grow 20.7% to total $591.8 billion in 2023, up from $490.3 billion in 2022. Since the onset of the 2020 pandemic, a significant up-tick in business adoption of the Cloud occurred and does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Cloud computing’s impact is global and has permeated companies of all sizes across all industries and geographies.
Myth #3: Migrating to the Cloud is expensive.
The Truth: Given the breakneck speed of Cloud growth and accessibility, it’s become easier, faster and less expensive for software developers to roll out applications in the Cloud as compared to traditional onsite platform development. That cost savings gets passed on to users. You don’t have to buy hardware until you need it, and you don’t have to plan for peak usage, since most traditional servers are only used at 15% of their capacity.
Myth #4: We don’t need the Cloud. Our servers and network are just fine.
The Truth: The typical lifespan of server and computer hardware is up to five years. After that, most hardware becomes End of Life (EOL) and many manufacturers won’t continue support on the legacy hardware, leaving your network unprotected and vulnerable. If you want to future-proof your business and ensure longevity of your business, then you need to take advantage of Cloud computing. The Cloud gives you a flexible computing environment that greatly ramps up your productivity, streamlines efficiency, and promotes real-time collaboration, regardless of where your staff is physically located.
Myth #5: Migration takes too long – we can’t afford the downtime.
The Truth: An experienced Managed Service Provider (MSP) understands the migration to the Cloud and will come up with a detailed plan outlining the transition to the Cloud, minimizing downtime (little to none) and providing a seamless implementation.
Starting to see how the Cloud can benefit your business? Sourcepass has extensive experience with migrating businesses to the Cloud and is ready to help you when you are.
Mike Lareau is the Sourcepass Vice President of Solution Engineering. Reach out to Mike at (877) 678-8080.