Top 5 Cloud Computing Myths Busted
Top 5 Cloud Computing Myths Busted
The need to be fast and agile draws companies towards adopting the Cloud culture. Despite its prevalence and popularity, several myths circulate cloud computing. These very myths, along with the hurdles encountered during the technical journey of cloud migration, put brakes on many company’s dreams of achieving their ultimate goal. They develop cold feet and find solace in propagating the myths. Those who overcame their fear and made the switch are today reaping its benefits and flying high.
Those of you who are not sure of where to put your faith will find this post very enlightening as we aim to bust the common myths shrouding cloud computing. Hopefully, by the time you are done reading this post, you will realize all worry is for nothing if there is a knowledgeable person or company, like Oamii Technologies, guiding you through the complete process.
Popular Cloud Computing Myths
Myth 1 – The Cloud Is A New Concept
Many people believe that the Cloud is still in its infancy. It still has ways to go before one can declare it the best solution. According to them, it still needs a lot of fine-tuning and refining.
The problem here is not that of the Cloud rather that of our thinking. We fail to accept that the Cloud is no overnight success. It has been around since the 1960s though in a different and less accessible form. With the ease of accessibility that the Cloud has gained in the last two decades, we have now risen to its full potential. The next big thing will not replace it. Further advancements in the Cloud will build over its existing features and services. So if you are worried that moving to the Cloud will be a fruitless activity because the next game changer is around the corner, you can put your fears to rest. Yes, the Cloud will evolve further, but it is here to stay.
Myth 2 – The Cloud Is Risky
Those who don’t move to the Cloud will never know how well-protected it is. The Cloud being risky is one of the biggest myths of the time. Just because it has no fixed boundaries and can be accessed remotely does not make it any riskier than your in-house or on-premises data warehouses and servers.
There are strict protocols in place to ensure the safety of all your data. The Cloud has to fulfill several data regulations pertaining to the safety and security of information. The biggest risk, which is a safety breach, is constantly fought against through superior firewalls and continuous bug fixes, leaving no open entry point for any malware. Access is also granted based on the level of security clearance. So a regular entry-level employee will have limited access, the manager more and then too related only to his process, and so on and so forth. Therefore, there is no reason to think that just because your company’s data is on the Cloud, anybody can play with it.
Myth 3 – Migrating To Cloud Means Giving Up Control
Some people associate moving to the Cloud with giving up control, and there is no truth in this thought. If the truth is told, there is sharing of control, and that, too, only for the tasks you decide to pass on to the cloud hosting provider.
There are several tasks like monitoring applications, maintaining the IT infrastructure and keeping it updated, expanding resources, ensuring top-level security, etc., which can be carried out efficiently by the cloud hosting partner. Passing on this responsibility gives your in-house IT team more time to work on improving the processes, focus on business projects, and work on the data over which only you have the whole and sole control. Hence Cloud migration is not about giving up control. Instead, it is all about picking and choosing the important tasks for yourself, and delegating all that is time-consuming and has very little to show in terms of value addition.
Myth 4 – The Cloud Is Expensive
A common myth is that the price you pay for the Cloud is way higher than maintaining your own dedicated IT team. The flaw in this thinking is people don’t consider other parameters. For them, it is all about actual spending. So, first and foremost, you pay a fixed price for using the Cloud, which is often referred to as the licensing fees. Now within the gamut of the Cloud, you get several services, all covered by the licensing fees. Choosing to use or not use and the extent to which you can exploit these services will be the real test of making every penny count.
You can still do all the same tasks with an in-house IT team. Nonetheless, just stop for a moment and think in terms of the money you spend in maintaining the extra hands, their equipment, and keeping them updated through training of all the changes in technology. Not just the extras hands, but also the regular IT team will be busy performing tasks that can well be delegated and have little to show for the actual business projects. The trick is to get the right Cloud mix. It will keep your licensing costs low and the naysayers happy.
Myth 5 – Migrating To Cloud Means Cutting Jobs
People tend to equate cloud migration with cutting jobs. They don’t realize that it’s all about the structural reformation of the organization for gaining a competitive edge. The position that you remove from your company is actualized elsewhere, in all probability, with the cloud hosting provider because they now have a greater need for the talent.
Cloud migration will definitely result in some job cuts but nowhere enough to make it a cause for concern. Your IT team will now be able to work more constructively towards improving the internal processes and strategizing for growth. On the other hand, the hosting provider will collect talent and become a pool of Cloud specialists. Essentially, what you lose on the one hand is gained by another working for the betterment of your enterprise.
Food For Thought
Change of any kind is always looked upon skeptically. You will rarely ever find everybody in agreement, but that does not make change bad. Today, moving to the Cloud is the most strategic solution if you want to succeed in business. Our only advice is to have a partner like Oamii Technologies by your side who understands the Cloud and all that it encompasses to make the migration smooth and successful.