Debunking cloud migration myths

In 2012, Wakefield Research conducted a survey which revealed that 51% of Americans believed storms would affect cloud computing. We hope that more than seven years later people would have become more savvy and knowledgeable about cloud computing’s uses and benefits. However, there are still several lingering questions, or myths if you will, that surround cloud computing that continue to trouble those new to cloud computing or not as yet introduced. So here we are to look at some of the myths associated with cloud migration.

Myth: Cloud computing is only for IT firms

While it is likely that tech companies will a bigger requirement for the cloud, it does not mean that other industries cannot use it. Any type of company and of any size can enjoy cloud computing benefits like increased storage, better data management, improved collaboration, and greater flexibility. All you need is an experienced team to identify areas that can be migrated to the cloud and pick the right technologies.

Myth: Beware the cloud!

Probably one of the most common myths is that the cloud is not safe and enterprise data won’t be secure. While decades ago when cloud computing was still very nascent this might have been the case, over the years cloud security technologies have become highly sophisticated and advanced. In fact, it might be safer to migrate your data to the cloud of a bigger vendor than store it locally. Keeping your important documents and information on the cloud rather than on your computers not only means they can be accessed anywhere in the world, but also means they can still be accessed should your computers and laptops get lost, damaged, or stolen.

Cloud vendors have the resources, skills, time, and incentive to keep up to date and on top of changes and risks in a way most in-house teams can't. A reliable cloud provider is typically PCI compliant and offers multiple security features like enabling Intrusion Detection Systems to prevent malicious attacks and block fishy traffic, firewalls to protect against viruses, malwares, etc.

Myth: The cloud makes everything work better

If you’re a bad cook even the choicest ingredients and a designer cucina won’t help you. The cloud, like any other technology, does some things well and others not so much. As an example, databases like Oracle, MS SQL or Mongo do not run as well in the cloud in most instances. A cloud is designed for high availability, performance, access, security, sensor input etc, but typically not all of the functions are built on a single cloud. There are so many factors that go into building the different cloud compute and delivery platforms that it is almost impossible to design a cloud that can run all applications, in all instances, with all interfaces to be secure, available, accountable and easy to use.

Myth: It’s cheaper to migrate to the cloud

It depends on your current set-up and requirements. Do you need a datacenter and do you have the people and hardware required for this? The cost of running a datacenter in the cloud varies depending on what you need and the cloud provider you’ve chosen. You could require customizations. DevOps, additional security measures and so on. Cost can also go up when setting up the hardware, having to install everything in a datacenter and getting the entire cloud infrastructure operational. Hidden costs may sneak up on you and you could be locked into a vendor. So while it can be cheaper to run a datacenter in the cloud than set up your own, the cost depends on a variety of other reasons.

Myth: Cloud migrations are complex

This is almost entirely not true. Migrating to a cloud infrastructure helps software compatibility and consistency, gives you access to a wider range of services and allows a wider customer base to access your product. It is obvious that there will be some disturbance when you’re moving to the cloud, but this will be short-term and insignificant with the right cloud vendor.

Myth: Once in the cloud, you can’t control your data

Businesses believe that their data in the cloud can move around the world and is controlled entirely the cloud provider. Well, that’s so far from the truth. Whether you have a single global vendor or a host of local cloud vendors in different locations, you entirely control where your data stays or travels. The right provider is always transparent about where your data lives, how it is secured and where it travels.

Myth: Cloud users can spy on each other

Cloud computing is defined by the concept of shared resources. You don’t need to worry about cloud computing as something ‘porous’ that allows users to steal or peep into another user’s data. A good cloud vendor provides solid partitions isolating users within a single data center, something like people living on the same floor of an apartment but with independent and fully-protected offices. If you are still worried about possible leaks, store your most sensitive data in private cloud space.

Conclusion

Every business has unique needs, and not all of them will be met by the cloud. Every technology has its own set of pros and cons, and as users, it is up to us to research it in depth before investing in it. Consultants pushing cloud services cloud end up focusing only on the advantages they offer making you feel uncertain. Cloud computing is especially ripe for this given the complexity and confusion that comes with such a business-critical service. Once you get past the hype, you can determine what type of cloud service is best for your needs and the best approach for cloud migration. Make sure you read the privacy terms and conditions, and choose a service provider that is reliable and secure.

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