We’ve gone over cloud computing pros and cons, disadvantages to cloud computing, and the a detailed look at the costs. So, it comes as no surprise that it’s time to tackle some of the myths floating around the inter-webs regarding the elusive cloud computing.
Lets just dive right in with myth number one:
Myth 1: Moving to the cloud mean a loss in security: It’s hard to believe that something you can’t see can be just as safe as something two feet away from you. And when it’s within arms reach, it’s easy to just assume it’s safer. But, moving to the cloud is just as safe as that little box stuffed in your IT closet. Like that box, it’s up to you to make sure you take the proper precautions in procuring your data. And by choosing the right cloud provider you can save yourself the headache of constantly worrying about your data, if it’s really an issue – just ask them.
Myth 2: Cloud Computing is stomping out a need for IT: We’ve addressed this myth twice now, but after constantly seeing this pop up in the news it’s clear this needs to be said again. Cloud computing does not want to take the place of your IT department. If anything, moving to the cloud will only help your IT department, allowing them to focus on less day-to-day glitches and bettering future projects.
Myth 3: If you use the cloud, you can’t use anything else: There is no contract (or cloud police) the states you can only use cloud servers once you move in. If you feel more comfortable storing ultra top secret data in your office, then that’s what you should do. Or maybe you would rather not upload your older data, you want to start fresh in the cloud, that works too. Work with your Cloud Provider and find a solution that works for you, and don’t settle.
Myth 4: The Cloud is a place: Many people forget that cloud computing isn’t just storage, it’s an operational model. Although many do use cloud space solely for storage, think drop-box, it’s also used as a platform to run and develop programs on, think Facebook applications. So, although you can technically “move to the cloud” it isn’t just a place, it’s a service.
Myth 5: Like Fight club, once your join the cloud you can never leave: Unfortunately, because this isn’t true, Brad Pitt will not be helping you with any technical issues. Although there may be certain attributes that make it difficult to switch from one provided to another (APIs created by providers for example), there usually isn’t any cause for complete and absolutely vendor lock in. In truth, using any form of new technology will make your company dependant to a degree on the service provider, this does not mean you’re locked in though.
Myth 6: If you use the cloud… you go straight to jail, do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars: Compliance regulations are extremely important, we all know that. And if your information is not being stored properly then you could have a problem. However, constantly stating that moving your data to cloud platforms is going to put you at risk for going to jail is a little over kill. For years now, business information and applications have been run outside of companies, and as long as the rules and regulations that affect your company are followed there tend to not be any problems. Just like anything, as long as you follow the proper laws you’ll be in the clear.
What myths have you heard?