Moving to the cloud has driven incredible innovation and transformed the IT landscape since its introduction. However, misconceptions around the cloud is making it difficult for firms to complete or even begin their own cloud journey. Unless you’re able to separate the myths from the facts. For today's blog we've teamed with Microsoft to debunk the major myths that are keeping firms from realising the true benefits of cloud technology.
Myth #1: The only reason to move to the cloud is to save money
The flexibility of the cloud allows users to take control of infrastructure costs, but the direct cost savings are not the only reason to migrate to the cloud. Cloud platforms provide unbeatable infrastructure flexibility, agility, and scalability. The ability to create servers on-demand will change the way you think about development, testing, and production. Firms that use the cloud to its full potential gain a competitive advantage, because they can iterate more quickly, develop more efficiently, and bring improved products to market faster.
Myth #2:Data isn’t secure in the cloud
The cloud’s security architecture is multi-layered, and there are multiple safeguards against cyber-attacks. Deterrent and preventative controls harden your network against threats and require strong end user authentication. Detective controls ensure that the system is monitored 24/7/365 and respond appropriately if a threat is suspected. Corrective controls manage the damage should a data breach occur. All of these things work in unison to protect your sensitive information and intellectual property, especially where federal compliance regulations are an issue.
Myth #3:We don’t need the cloud. Our servers and network are just fine
Until you outgrow them, and then they become legacy hardware. If you want to future-proof your business, then you need to take advantage of the cloud. The cloud gives you a flexible computing environment that greatly ramps up your productivity, streamlines efficiency and promotes real-time collaboration no matter where your staff is.
Myth #4: Migrating to the cloud is expensive
Given the speed of cloud growth and accessibility, it’s become easier, faster and less expensive for software developers to roll out applications in the cloud as compared to traditional onsite platform development. That cost savings gets passed on to users.
Myth #5: Migration takes too long – we can’t afford the downtime
To get the most out of your cloud services, you need to partner up with a managed IT services provider (MSP). With a MSP there is very little to no downtime for data migration. Firms like Eze Castle Integration are experts in migrating clients to Microsoft Office 365, Azure and other cloud environments.
Myth #6: Email isn’t simpler in the cloud
When you move email to the cloud, you can rest knowing that the experts who created the software are taking care of the maintenance and updates. Your IT team no longer needs to worry about installing updates, and can instead focus on bigger IT needs. Software updates and fixes are delivered automatically as soon as they are released.
Myth #7: Cloud Mean Less Control
You still have total control over technology. Strict controls and design elements prevent your data from mingling with that of other firms, and staff of your cloud provider provides least privileged access to your data. Your data constantly backed up in the event of an outage.
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