Cloud Myths Which Still Have Currency and How to Refute ThemSeptember 10, 2019 No Comments
Featured article by Sophie Garrod, Independent Technology Author
The benefits of cloud computing have become obvious to many in recent years: it can increase business productivity, reduce the incidence of IT issues, promote better safety and security, and improve profit margins, among other advantages.
Even in the face of all this, however, some people still treat the cloud with a certain degree of caution. As with any dynamic, innovative new form of technology, when cloud computing was first introduced it was met with fear and scepticism, which led to a certain amount of misinformation circulating in the business world and the community in general.
Although more and more businesses are adopting cloud computing, a number of these myths are still believed by many people. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the most common myths, along with the truth behind the myth so you can refute them to the ill-informed.
Myth #1: The cloud is insecure and makes you vulnerable to cyber attacks
Probably the most common myth about cloud computing is that these systems have much greater security risks compared to traditional IT systems. This is probably also the number one reason for businesses being hesitant to move to a cloud system.
The facts: In the 21st century, all IT systems have security risks, and in all cases cyber-security measures are essential. Not only do cloud systems have the same level of security risks as traditional IT systems, but they are arguably safer because, unlike conventional systems, in cloud systems the client and the cloud provider share the responsibility for keeping the system secure. This is great news for the client as cloud providers generally have in-depth knowledge of current security risks, as well as the resources and skills to keep security effective and up-to-date.
Myth #2: Cloud systems are more expensive
Many people have the idea that installing a cloud system requires a large investment and/or maintaining it will be expensive. Perhaps because it is cutting-edge technology, people seem to assume it must be more expensive.
The facts: IT and networks in general are expensive, whether it is website cost, cybersecurity or the cost of storing data. On that note, transitioning to the cloud will involve some kind of investment. From there, the cost of running on the cloud will depend on many things: how many users you have, how much data you store, the number of applications you run, and what you need in terms of backup. Generally running on the cloud is more cost efficient for businesses because it works best for variable demands and workloads. Additionally, because cloud providers cover security and maintenance, you may be able to eliminate these expenses.
Myth #3: Cloud computing is stealing jobs from people
Particularly when the cloud first rose to popularity, many people were afraid this would mean a loss of jobs in the IT sector. Today, a number of people continue to believe that the cloud, as a form of automation, takes jobs away from “real people”.
The facts: Cloud computing has created a number of new IT jobs, specific to this niche. Just like any kind of technological tool, it needs professionals to plan, manage and monitor the cloud. On an individual business level, it will cut down on some IT tasks and make workflows more efficient allowing IT staff to focus on more strategic goals, but it does not eliminate the IT department.
Myth #4:Cloud computing is bad for the environment
Some people see the cloud as being non-eco friendly and a threat to the environment, because cloud providers use energy which ultimately pollutes the environment and contributes to climate change.
The facts: Moving to the cloud introduces efficiencies which lower energy consumption overall and is therefore better for the environment in the long run. Having individual businesses running their own data centers means using a lot of energy for things like cooling, lighting and maintenance. By moving this function to a central cloud provider, the amount of energy used overall will be less. Additionally, many cloud providers are energy-conscious and invest in power-efficient methods.
Myth #5: Migrating to the cloud is a disaster
Some people have the idea that migrating to the cloud will be a major disruption to their business, and perhaps even will cause such a drain on time and resources that this issues will outweigh any benefits.
The facts: As long as you work with a competent cloud provider you should not have any problems. A good cloud provider can work with you to migrate your systems to the cloud with minimal downtime, very little hassle and in a short amount of time.
Wherever the cloud will take us in the future, there is no doubt it represents tremendous potential. It is important that everyone is well-informed on the facts about cloud computing, so we don’t risk holding this exciting technology back.
Author: Sophie is a professional blogger and writer who specializes in modern design and all things web development. She is passionate about traveling and exploring new places.