Myth #1: Cloud computing is just a marketing buzzword.
Busted: The term “cloud” is being used in many ways. I’m sure you’ve seen the Windows commercials, saying “Take it to the cloud”. The term “cloud” can and will, be thrown around, but it is not the “same old thing” with a new name. Cloud computing is simply services, applications, and storage that are provided over the Internet. Cloud computing is a new and more effective way of doing business.
Myth #2: The Cloud will have too much downtime.
Busted: For all computing and hosting platforms downtime will happen. However, for a fraction of the cost of building high availability infrastructure, the cloud delivers built-in scale with high redundancy and availability to protect you when accidents occur.
Myth #3: It can’t be that great, if it was everyone would use it.
Busted: Almost all of us have used the cloud and even trust it with some of our most private information. If you have updated anything on Facebook or used eBay to do your online shopping, you’re using the “cloud”.
Myth #4: Never trust the cloud with sensitive data.
Busted: Let’s say you own a truck and a car; one is generally just as secure as the other. With that in mind, your security relies on the actions of you and the people who use your vehicles. So to keep it secure you would do all the smart things, lock the doors; park them in well-lit areas, etc. It’s the same for comparing cloud computing and web hosting. You can remain safe easily, just use a provider that is trustworthy, uses encryption protocols, and select strong passwords. The power to remain safe is up to you and the provider, but the cloud is just as safe if not more than web hosting.
Myth #5: The cloud is only for the tech-savvy.
Busted: Whether you’re a tech novice or a modern Albert Einstein, you can work the cloud with no problem. With an easy to use control panel anyone can work like a tech pro!
Myth #6: You can’t put customized applications in the cloud.
Busted: Cloud platforms with a quality provider allows developers to focus on business issues by eliminating the infrastructure management and scaling layer. Creating and maintaining custom applications in the cloud requires specialized skills in application architecture and scaling but can be accomplished.
Myth #7: The cloud is too complicated for our business to run.
Busted: One of the purposes of creating the cloud was to make online applications easier for businesses. The back end may be complicated, but easy control panel management makes it a cinch for any user to jump right in and save money.
Myth #8: There is no privacy in the cloud.
Busted: Storing data at your office can create a false sense of security. What if someone breaks in and steals your equipment or an employee tampers with it after hours? The cloud offers both physical and virtual security measures that may not be available to the typical most businesses. Temperature control, fire suppression systems, around the clock monitoring, controlled access, enterprise firewall security, and virus protections are just a few of the features that come included with hosting your data in the cloud. Still unsure? Ask a provider for a tour of their data center facility to see exactly how they will treat your information.
Myth #9: You lose control over your data in the cloud.
Busted: Many assume that moving your data to the cloud means you’ve lost control of your data. Not true. In most cases, infrastructure-as-a-service providers give you admin access and rights to manipulate and control your data at will. What you don’t have are the headaches of maintaining a fully secure and reliable data center.
Myth #10: I have a few servers; I can build my own cloud in the basement.
Busted: It is possible but not practical, factoring in the amount of time, money, and expertise. Honestly, cloud providers with competent in-house engineering teams can provide and guarantee the infrastructure you need for a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself.