We’ve learned so much over the last decade about cloud computing and yet there are still so many prevailing myths surrounding cloud services that can keep organizations from pulling the trigger on a migration. So, before you make any false steps towards cloud, we recommend you do a little fact checking with us as we break down some of the top myths still causing so much confusion.
Myth 1: Cloud Services Costs Too Much
A top misconception for cloud migration is that it is significantly more expensive than a complete on-premise infrastructure. The reality is cost depends on your business’s goals, needs, and requirements. Most businesses save money with cloud computing because it costs less to run and involves no capital investments for hardware as your IT infrastructure will be maintained by a cloud service provider. Running your own servers, maintaining your own hardware and software can drive costs up over time and doesn’t take into account for unplanned expenditures. With cloud, you are able to scale your services up or down exactly when it’s needed.
Generally, a cloud migration can make good business sense for many reasons, but none of your reasons to move toward a cloud provider should be based on merely cost reduction. Moving systems that may have not been configured correctly back from the cloud to your on-premise site can be a painful process costing you more money and time. Doing a full assessment and analysis of whether your systems (all or in part) are “cloud ready” will help you make bottom-line decisions.
Myth 2: Everything Belongs in the Cloud
Contrary to common belief, it isn’t a best practice to move an application to the cloud just for the sake of it. Most migrations start with a hybrid approach and moving applications strategically. Decisions on what moves to cloud should be thoughtful and valued on what makes the most sense for your workloads. The cloud doesn’t benefit all workloads and if you’re in a highly regulated industry, such as healthcare or banking and finance, some things in your network simply cannot be moved into certain cloud environments.
But don’t worry, taking the time to work with an expert to assess your business’s needs and current state of IT network and infrastructure can help you decide what to move to the cloud and what to keep on-premise.
Myth 3: The Cloud is Too Risky
So, it’s no surprise that data security ranks as your top 1 or 2 concerns when it comes to cloud. According to surveys done by McAfee, the security of data in the cloud is a C-level concern for 61% of companies. Thankfully, the cloud is not fundamentally less secure than on-premise servers. Cloud’s flexibility allows for a variety of security capabilities and different types of data have different security needs. The best cloud providers will possess the most up-to-date technologies, use complex operations centers, and employ subject matter experts and staff whose jobs are to keep your data and systems running and secure. Whether you move some or all of your data and IT infrastructure to the cloud, it is only as safe as the measures taken to secure it, so your security strategy needs to be effective and complementary between on-premise and in the cloud.
So, as you’re wading through the pros and cons of cloud, remember to keep these points in mind. For a complete understanding of the cloud, we recommend our Cloud Readiness Assessment to begin developing your migration plan and strategy. Our professional services team is ready to assess and architect a solution specific to your business needs.
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