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Whether You’re For or Against Cloud Computing, Quash These Myths to Make the Best Decisions

by SUMMIT on August 11th, 2015

Whether You’re For or Against Cloud Computing, Quash These Myths to Make the Best Decisions

Since the rise of the floppy disk and flash USB drive, small and medium businesses (SMBs) have been able to effectively store and share data more easily. But simple storage solutions aren’t enough anymore.

Computer operations have evolved, and so has the way we run our businesses: Computer operations are far more complex, work happens everywhere—including outside the office—and even the smallest of organizations can easily go global. Luckily, this evolution has included the introduction of cloud computing. The cloud allows businesses to access a network of remote servers in which to store data, and to also process information using cloud-based applications. These programs can be then be accessed from anywhere, as long as you have an Internet connection.

As the cloud has grown in popularity and capability, with applications and platforms that can manage any number of business operations, it’s become something that SMBs need to consider. There are pros and cons to cloud computing, but if used appropriately, it can provide a great return on investment.

As with many new technologies, however, there are a lot of misconceptions that supporters and opponents alike include in their arguments.

If you’re unsure about moving your business to the cloud, make your decision based on accurate information and thorough research. Here are some of the most common myths about cloud computing that need to be quashed.

Myth: The Cloud is Less Secure than a Local Server

While security is an important issue, there’s little evidence to argue that the cloud is less secure; breaches are generally faced equally by cloud and traditional solutions. In fact, in most situations security lapses are due to human error rather than technological issues. Plus, when you use a cloud-based service, it’s not just a matter of protecting your information; for your service provider, their entire business is on the line. A quality provider understands the importance of data security to their reputation and will work hard to safeguard your data through firewalls, encryptions, and other security measures.

Myth: The Cloud is Completely Automated

While many operations within the cloud can be automated, many activities still need the attention of someone with deep experience and knowledge. Like data security, this comes down to finding a good provider who offers support during the set up process as well as 24/7 maintenance. This support won’t replace your need for IT expertise, but it will help your business run more smoothly, without unnecessary hiccups.

Myth: Moving Your Operations to the Cloud is a Hassle

Companies who offer cloud-based services typically offer support to help make the transition relatively straightforward; some will walk you through it, while others may even transfer your data for you. That doesn’t mean the move will be flawless; you may still run into problems, like compatibility issues with file types or the need to update old equipment. However, the time you invest in the transition can be well worth it in the long run when you consider the cost effectiveness and efficiency that generally come with cloud-based solutions.

Myth: Cloud Computing Should be Used for All Areas of Your Business

The cloud offers some obvious benefits, but that doesn’t make it the right solution for everything. For example, data that needs to be available in real-time should be backed up regularly in the cloud, but managed on a local server. There are also situations where moving to a cloud-based solution may not offer any cost or time savings.

The next decade will undoubtedly see an increased reliance on the cloud, and moving now could be a smart step for your business. Contact a reliable provider today to learn how cloud computing can effectively be integrated into your operations.

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