Five Myths about Cloud Technology
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Posted by: Gary Hotze
Lauren Minning, Digital Content Writer, EMPIST
It’s no secret that we at EMPIST have many reasons to love cloud technology. Not only do we provide cloud computing services to our clients, but we also use it ourselves. Cloud technology has a lot to offer businesses of all sizes but, surprisingly, not all companies are on board just yet.
Cloud technology is primarily referred to as “The Cloud,” and is a place to store all your data online and make online use of applications. There is a certain air of mystery that sometimes accompanies the Cloud, causing some businesses to hesitate to adopt it. Through news and word of mouth, there are lots of opinions regarding whether cloud technology is a good move or not. The myths seem to be the loudest voice among the crowd, and it’s time that they get debunked. Here are the top five myths about cloud technology that you definitely should not believe.
Cloud Myths Debunked
It Isn’t Secure Enough
Cloud technology means putting your sensitive data and documents in a place where it can be accessed and worked on by multiple people.
If this sounds like the best way to make your business 100% vulnerable to data breaches and a lot of headaches, this mindset is false. One of the draws of cloud technology is that it is, in fact, very secure. Putting your data in control of a service provider doesn’t give you less control, but rather more. Not only do you have access to your data (which is protected with encryption), but many cloud services providers offer constant monitoring for potential threats. An extra set of eyes guarding your data can only be a cloud technology benefit.
It’s a One-Size-Fits-All-Solution
No cloud will fit every company perfectly; this is a myth, but it is not a bad thing! Just the opposite. The beautiful thing about cloud technology is that you can find the best type of cloud for your business needs. You can consider what levels of support you need depending on if you already have internal IT. You might also consider public vs. private, or maybe a hybrid cloud. There is a cloud for everyone, but no one will have the same cloud.
The Technology is Too New, and It Can’t Be Trusted
Wrong again. The concept of cloud technology has been around since the 1950’s, according to TIME magazine. With the help of a computer scientist named John McCarthy, who coined the term artificial intelligence, cloud computing has gone through several years of evolution and use. What started out as being called “time-sharing” for computers has evolved into today’s cloud computing technology.
It’s Too Hard to Stay Up-to-Date with Compliance Requirements
While plenty of compliance responsibility falls on you as an organization, cloud computing technology doesn’t hinder that. A cloud services provider can help you to stay compliant and make updates when necessary. A provider that gives you a more granular view of your data will be able to help you make decisions about your data and keep up with compliance needs.
The Only Benefit is a Lower Cost
Not even close. The benefits that cloud services can bring your company will more than likely outweigh the costs of having them. Cost can be lower than self-managed onsite maintenance, but it can sometimes be more, and it will vary depending on your needs and provider. Beyond the price, the cloud offers numerous benefits. The convenience that it provides can help you streamline processes and increase productivity and efficiency. You’re paying for a service that will boost your business positively and securely, which is worth considering, high or low cost.
The EMPIST Effect
Cloud technology is a prominent part of EMPIST as a service to our clients as well as ourselves. We take your data as seriously as we take our own. We know cyber threats can make the concept of storing data off-site a daunting and unsure decision. With a trusted partner, cloud computing technology can truly benefit your business, and we are ready to help you do that.
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This post originally appeared on the EMPIST blog here.