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16 May 2016

The cloud myths that are holding your business back

David Guest

The media hype surrounding various cloud-based platforms has created a number of myths in the business world.

Data privacy, security and losing control of IT infrastructure are all high on the list of concerns for many IT professionals. These fears are heightened by misleading rumours and inaccurate stories, which can negatively affect the way organisations approach these solutions.

If you’re confused about the cloud, you’re not alone. It’s time to debunk some common misconceptions.

 

Common misconceptions about the cloud

Myth #1: You’ll lose your information if you migrate to the cloud

People don’t need to worry about losing their data in the cloud. Many think that once you’ve put your data in a public cloud platform, such as Microsoft Azure, it’s going to be difficult to get it back. You’ll be glad to hear that your data doesn’t disappear into the big black hole of no return.

The platform’s disaster recovery technology provides a full-on data storage, backup and recovery solution. You can personalise this according to your users and business requirements, and alter the level of cover depending on the sensitivity of your information – pay more to add extra protection to your critical data, but avoid wasting resources securing all documents to the same level.

Myth #2: It isn’t as secure as your on-premises storage

As long as you choose a reputable and well-known provider, cloud-based storage will actually be more secure than keeping your information on-premises. As the cloud is competitive, providers need to ensure they stay ahead of the game by providing a risk-free and safe platform.

To date, most data breaches continue to involve on-premises solutions rather than the cloud. However, you shouldn’t assume a cloud solution is secure. Ask the provider to prove its security capabilities. That way, you’ll get the necessary assurances that your information will be kept safe.

Microsoft has announced plans to build UK-based data centres this year. This announcement has been welcomed by many organisations who would prefer that their information was stored in the UK rather than abroad.

Myth #3: The cloud is more expensive

Migrating and running on the cloud is often more cost-effective than running capabilities on-premises. The cloud works extremely well for variable demands and workloads.

Adding up the costs for hardware, local storage drives and servers, and comparing these to the subscription fees for cloud storage will help you make the ‘Is cloud the most cost-effective choice for me?’ decision. Just remember, once subscribed to the cloud, all upgrades and maintenance will be the cloud provider’s concern.

Myth #4: It’s just for large enterprise businesses

The cloud is actually beneficial to companies of all sizes, industries and background. Once upon a time, cloud was only a viable option for large organisations, but times and technologies have changed. Different deployment (public, private and hybrid) and service models (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS) offer a range of solutions for businesses. The cloud can be flexible depending on your requirements.

 

So why should you move to the cloud?

Myths slow us down and distract us from the progress we should be making. Whilst there are many misconceptions floating around, the cloud is accessible for any sized business – and it does not reduce the security of your data. An irms360 infographic shows that 50% of IT professionals rank security as a top reason for migrating applications to the cloud.

With cloud storage solutions such as Microsoft Azure, you simply pay for what you use whilst improving your information’s security. As long as you choose a reputable provider and do your research, there is no reason why it should not benefit you.

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