By now, we’ve all heard about “the cloud.” Despite the cloud’s popularity, there’s still plenty of confusion and half-truths circulating around the concept of cloud services. Here’s a breakdown of the most common myths — and why they don’t pass the truth test.
1. The cloud just isn’t secure. Private clouds actually strengthen your information security position. Cloud providers adhere to strict security policies and give customers the benefit of enterprise-level data security.
2. Public clouds are more popular than private clouds. According to a Gartner Data Center Conference poll, nearly 90 percent of respondents indicated they were considering private cloud services for their organization. That was in 2012 — the market for cloud-based services has since increased, offering companies a secure space to store valuable data.
3. Cloud services are only suitable for large companies. While enterprise-level businesses have been first to jump on board the cloud movement, the trend is catching on among small businesses that are acknowledging the security risks they also now face. A Microsoft study indicated 35 percent of small businesses in the U.S. reported experiencing significantly higher levels of security with cloud services.
4. Cloud computing minimizes productivity. Cloud services offer room to increase productivity. For example, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) practices allow users to connect with any number of devices from anywhere in the world, increasing flexibility, mobility and productivity.
5. Cloud computing leads to more outages. The cloud, done right, enables fail-safe systems that most SMBs could not provide on their own. Cloud services offer a high level of redundancy and connectivity. Your expectations for uptime? You’re looking at around 99.99 percent…