If you’ve been online in the last 5 years, you’ve definitely heard a thing or two about “The Cloud.” After all, you can use it for your phone’s applications, buy it for business use, and use it to store your company’s data. However, now that non-technical people are writing about it, a lot of misconceptions and myths are getting spread about the Cloud. Intermedia can debunk some of the big ones right here.
1. The Cloud is a fad
It’s easy to misconstrue “suddenly everyone’s talking about it” with “temporary until the next big thing.” Yes, there’s a lot of chatter about cloud computing and cloud hosting right now, and it’s trickled down from early adopters in the tech industry to everyone with a smartphone – but make no mistake, the concept is not new and the technology is here to stay.
Improvements in storage and service will come through improvements in cloud environments, rather than through an entirely different form of technology. The only reason it’s become a pop culture buzzword lately is because of how easy it is to implement now. internet speeds finally allow for latency free calls on hosted phone systems and seamless backup of Exchange archives. The infrastructure is in place so you don’t have to build your own server farm anymore, and often, maintenance is built in for hosting services.
It’s important to note other avenues where the Cloud doesn’t merely increase security or storage, but also dramatically improves productivity. With Office 365™, not only can you store backups of your documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the Cloud, but you can also collaborate with others on them, which removes the need for version control and endless emails checking in on a project.
2. The Cloud is not secure
Every so often there’s news of some security leak from the database of a well-known company. It’s true that breaches can happen, but you have to assess the risk in relative terms. Data centers invest far more in security than most businesses can for their local computers, networks and servers. These small, local assets are far more vulnerable to attack – a network with the speed and size to meet the “Cloud” designation doesn’t have anything that makes it inherently unsafe compared to local networks. Companies will be hacked, which is why it’s so important to have the security infrastructure that a cloud provider can give.
3. The Cloud is unreliable
While security breaches might be rare, everyone has anecdotes about technology failing on its own. What if data was lost or service was shut down because of a server farm failing? What if your local internet connection goes down? You couldn’t access anything and could even lose data. What this misconception doesn’t account for is the backup functions of the Cloud. With data replication and backup generators, your data is actually much safer when stored and served from the cloud than locally.
Intermedia maintains an SLA of 99.999% uptime for service, which translates to just minutes of downtime per year. Our servers are stored in locations with cool, dry environments and have a low risk of disaster.
4. It takes too much time to switch to a cloud environment
Moving all your data, phone and email infrastructure “up” into the Cloud may seem like a massive task, and it’s true that it takes more time than simply staying the course. However, you don’t have to do all of the work yourself. Many cloud providers like Intermedia include migration to the cloud at no cost. They will handle simple installation onsite with no interruption to your business. In most instances, the only thing you need in your office is your preexisting internet connection – everything else is managed in the Cloud. Depending on the services you’re migrating, this can be completed in as few as 7 business days.
Now that you’re done dispelling rumors about the Cloud, find out what it can really do for your business today!
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