We all know that cloud computing is becoming more popular. And by that we mean SaaS (Software as a Service) and generally using a service that does not sit on hardware in your office. Gartner says that “worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 17.2% in 2016 to total $208.6 billion, up from $178 billion in 2015.
IDC predicts that “worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow at a 19.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from nearly $70B in 2015 to more than $141B in 2019.”
Despite the growth predictions and the growing adoption of cloud services, there are still a number of myths preventing businesses from going down the cloud route. Here is Trilogy’s top 5 myths of cloud computing.
Top 5 myths of cloud computing
- Data is not secure
Your data is in fact more secure in the cloud than it is on your own servers. The fact that this security is managed by the cloud supplier means they are constantly monitoring security and use all options available. Cloud businesses’ data centres are independently audited. Almost all of the massive data breaches we’ve seen of late were within traditional on-premise IT.
In fact Gartner says that “multi-tenant clouds are not only highly resistant to attack, but are also a more secure starting point than most traditional in-house implementations.”
Here is an infographic highlighting some of the reasons why Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud is secure.
- Cloud is expensive
Cloud can in most instances actually save you money in the long term. Although Gartner’s 2014 CIO survey shows that cost savings account for only 14% of the reasons for organisations’ use of the public cloud. The most common reason organisations move to the cloud is agility.
- Migrating is lots of hassle
If you work with a trusted partner, moving to the cloud should be virtually pain free. Whether it’s via private, public or hybrid technologies, identifying the right service model for your business is a vital step. When planned correctly, the move will happen quickly and with minimum downtime. The long term benefit of a business that is future-proofed outweighs any small inconvenience that might occur.
- Quality of service is poor
Service quality is often one of the most significant reasons why businesses won’t move applications to the cloud. Businesses might feel that SLAs are not adequate to assure the requirements for running a production application on the cloud – especially those related to availability, performance and scalability. And now that we are a few years into using the cloud, excellent service quality has been proven time and time again. Data is backed up regularly and totally secure.
Microsoft guarantees its uptime to be 99.9%.
- Cloud should be used for everything
This isn’t necessarily the case. Very often a hybrid solution is the best one for you. Moving an application to the cloud that rarely changes isn’t probably the best use of your time. However any application that is updated frequently and needs flexibility fits very well in the cloud. For example, Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online, data storage, back-up and disaster recovery are all perfect applications for the cloud.
Whether public, private or hybrid, understand the truth and the myths of cloud computing and asking the right questions of your cloud partner will ensure a successful migration.