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Beware: 5 Cloud Computing Misconceptions

Tom Hassan

Digital Marketing Executive at Node4

Cloud is on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days: from the CEOs of tech giants like Google and Microsoft, to mid-size office managers to one-man band businesses.

Depending on whom you talk to, Cloud computing may be described as a high-risk venture or the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Naturally, the truth is somewhere in between, but there are certain misconceptions about Cloud that have proven especially virulent in the IT world.
Here’s a look at five of the most common Cloud computing misconceptions under the sun!

1. It’s unsafe

This is one of the most prominent misconceptions.
Whilst it’s important to do a risk assessment and ask plenty of questions to your Cloud service provider, there are plenty of ways to ramp up your network security. Make sure your prospective provider has a robust disaster recovery plan, ISO27001 certification, and perimeter protection and you’ll be well on your way to ensuring your data is safe from everything from fire to theft, to online attack.

2. The transition from traditional IT to Cloud is a long one

Shifting from a traditional network to the Cloud may seem like a major move…
…but a smooth transition plan is a key aspect in dictating exactly how long your migration will take. Speaking for ourselves, we transitioned the Trinitarian Bible Society from their in-house servers to our N4Cloud in a matter of months.

3. It’s not suitable for small organisations

Just like companies, Cloud comes in sizes ranging from big to small:
host a single application via the cloud or move your entire infrastructure from an in-house server – there are providers available to do it all.

4. It will result in a loss of control

Storing data offsite does not necessarily equate to a loss of autonomy.
Remote hosting stokes fear of data copying or theft, as well as interception from government bodies (the USA PATRIOT Act). Having a strong SLA, choosing a provider with multiple UK-based data centres and a well-established reputation will negate most of the negatives, as well as provide the added bonus of data redundancy and security.

5. It’s Cloud or nothing

Cloud is very much embedded in how we already use the web and, ultimately, do business.
However, that doesn’t mean that all these businesses put everything in the cloud straight away. In most cases, it’s not quite that simple; instead, businesses tend to move in stages due to various concerns, including:

• Legacy infrastructure
• Compliance
• Up skilling staff
• Connectivity concerns
• Cost remodeling (moving to OpEx)

This is also one of the strengths of the Cloud. The flexibility of the cloud means that businesses can take their time and work with a MCSP to scope out exactly what is needed to make the move successful.