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6 of the Biggest Cloud Myths, Debunked

Cloud this, cloud that – everywhere you look, you can’t help but see research and statistics touting the cloud as the new wave of the future for both technology and business.

But as cloud adoption spreads across the world, certain misconceptions and mistruths have made the rounds to uninformed people. We’re here to set the record straight.

Here are six of the most common cloud myths, debunked.

1. Only Tech-savvy Companies Can Use the Cloud

Whether you’re aware of it or not, you’re probably already using the cloud in some form or fashion. Luckily, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to use it.

Using the cloud simply means you’re accessing services or data over the internet, rather than through your own computer’s hard drive. That means that some of the most popular business applications are, in fact, cloud-based.

To name a few, there’s Microsoft Office 365, Dropbox, DocuSign, Gmail… and many more. They aren’t difficult to operate, and you’re likely already using them in your day-to-day operations.

2. Migrating to the Cloud Is a Hassle

Cloud migration simply refers to moving data and applications from local onsite locations to the cloud. In practical terms, that means shifting your data to a secure server (usually in an offsite location) that’s accessible over the internet.

Some things are trickier than others to move over. But there’s good news – you don’t have to move every single aspect of your IT infrastructure over to the cloud. If you plan to, you don’t have to do it all at once.

Taking your migration slowly and planning ahead thoroughly can make for a seamless transition with neither stress nor downtime.

Related: 5 Ways to Empower Your Business Through the Cloud

3. Cloud Migration Isn’t Worth the Cost

Moving to the cloud can quickly rack up a hefty bill. But as with any infrastructure change, it requires investment and always comes with a certain amount of inherent risk.

However, the benefits far exceed both the costs and risks.

Cloud services boost productivity by offering increased reliability. Their anytime, anywhere access also makes them critical for implementing mobility and remote work capabilities for business.

Combined with their ever-evolving nature and flat-rate pricing model, the cloud quickly pays back your investment in spades.

Related: 5 Ways Cloud Mobility Can Improve Your Office Culture

4. The Cloud Isn’t Safe

Many people assume that the internet accessibility of cloud services means that cyberthreats (such as hackers and viruses) can attack their data more easily. However, that’s not the case.

Cloud-stored data and applications are continually screened with active threat detection. The locations of the servers that host your data are also physically secured, with 24/7 perimeter surveillance and active guarding.

However, there is still some danger. Just like everything else through the internet, you must still take care to encrypt data passing to and from these cloud environments. It’s always important to invest in a solid IT security infrastructure – whether you’re using the cloud or not.

Did You Know: 60% of SMBs who lose their data close within six months.

5. One Cloud Vendor Is Enough for All Your Needs

There’s a fine line between standardizing operations through vendor consolidation and just reducing the number of vendors in an attempt to streamline communications.

While it’s certainly possible to have one vendor cover your immediate cloud needs, it’s also highly unlikely. Different business needs call for different vendors and partners.

The best course of action for your business is to actively compare what cloud partners have to offer you. Each vendor handles both their cloud strategy and service implementation differently, so it’s critical to partner with one that aligns with your business goals.

Did You Know: 85% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy.

6. The Cloud Takes Care of Itself

Like with any other aspect of your IT infrastructure, you’ll need active cloud management. Shifting to the cloud unlocks many benefits, but complete automation is not one of them.

Keeping an eye on the future of the cloud and understanding how it fits into your overall IT strategy is the key to maximizing its effectiveness for your business.

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