Solutions Review debunks seven common cloud computing myths that you’ve likely heard before and explains the reality behind migrating your business applications and workloads to the cloud.
There are a number of myths surrounding cloud computing that might prevent IT teams from operating its cloud solutions successfully. That’s why we’ve listed seven common cloud computing myths and explain the truth behind running enterprise cloud solutions.
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Myth: The cloud isn’t as secure as on-premise infrastructure.
Security remains a top priority for enterprises moving to the cloud, and for good reason. Cloud providers implement data encryption and privacy measures to ensure every user’s data is safely stored. Some also offer additional security services that the user can activate, providing even greater security coverage. In addition, cloud providers are certified by a number of global and regional regulations, so you know that your data will still meet compliance requirements.
Myth: The cloud isn’t flexible enough for my needs.
Unlike on-premise deployments, cloud environments allow users to use as many or as little resources as they need. This flexibility allows users to utilize the cloud to its fullest extent as their needs require. It also makes the cloud more cost-efficient, as users will only pay for the data they use. Cloud providers allow its users to scale their cloud architecture up and down, so users always have access to the amount of resources they need.
Myth: Cloud multitenancy puts my data at risk.
Public cloud environments are multitenant environments, operating multiple users’ cloud data on the same server. This might seem dangerous, as it sounds like other users might have access to their data. In reality, cloud providers partition the data to keep information restricted to the user that uploads it. While no cloud environment can be 100% secured, multitenant cloud environments are no more dangerous than other storage environments.
Myth: We should use the cloud to run every app and workload.
Despite what some have claimed, the cloud is not the end-all-be-all solution to every problem. Enterprises should adopt a smart cloud strategy where they consider the cloud for all workloads, but compare it against their current processes before making the switch to a cloud-based solution. Planning out a manageable cloud strategy lets users utilize the cloud in a smart, effective manner without relying on the cloud to do everything for them.
Myth: The cloud doesn’t require a total shift in infrastructure.
Moving resources onto the cloud requires your enterprise to adopt an entirely new way of thinking, especially if you have been exclusively running on-premise infrastructure. You need to change your entire mindset when switching to the cloud, particularly in regard to resource provisioning and data security. Cloud providers offer plenty of resources to help users and businesses transition onto their platform, but companies shouldn’t underestimate the ease of moving its resources onto the cloud.
Myth: Our business can transition to the cloud quickly.
The exact length of time it will take to fully complete your transition onto the cloud will vary depending on what you’re moving, but regardless, it isn’t something you can do overnight. Especially for large companies, moving a large amount of resources onto the cloud is an undertaking that can take up to several months. Ensure that you’ve dedicated enough personnel and resources to migrate resources to your cloud before you begin the process.
Myth: One cloud solution is enough for our organization.
This may be true for your company, but it is certainly not a universal truth. Hybrid cloud and multicloud deployments are quickly becoming the most popular deployment choice for enterprises looking to adopt the cloud. Cloud providers often focus on specific use cases and services, so having a multitude of cloud environments to run workloads and apps on might provide better results. Plus, cloud vendors are increasing multicloud support, making it easier for businesses to integrate multiple cloud deployments.
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