Every popular service has its share of nasty myths, and cloud services is no exception to the rule. Whatever you’ve heard, cloud services is your solution to overwhelming budget concerns, growing data capacity needs, and the toughest IT challenges. We’re putting some of the most common myths surrounding the cloud to rest — finally.
1. Legacy Systems Won’t Work in the Cloud
Your business probably has at least one legacy system that certain individuals (you can probably think of one person who fits the bill) are reluctant to replace. Yet, contrary to popular belief, migrating to the cloud doesn’t mean you have to scrap all your legacy applications and start over from scratch. It’s about expanding upon your existing infrastructure and improving flexibility and scalability as your business evolves.
The key to successful cloud migration is to begin moving services and infrastructure to SaaS, IaaS, etc. as you have a need for new tools and applications. This way, you’ll slowly wean your employees off of their legacy systems and boost operational efficiency with the cloud. In the long run, you’ll retire your outdated technology and processes and upgrade to a more scalable, reliable and cost-effective IT environment.
2. The Cloud Isn’t Secure
Fear of cloud security breaches remains a constant concern for businesses. You may worry cloud adoption will expose your organization to increased security risks and threats.
We’re stopping these rumors and preventing them from spreading right now. When you select a reputable cloud vendor that emphasizes data security, you can rest assured that all of your business-critical data and services will remain safe and sound.
With the right IT solutions provider, all data is encrypted and protected by authentication protocols. Direct access is controlled and granted to only certain individuals. Without the correct login credentials, users cannot access business-critical data. This security feature prevents disgruntled employees from gaining access to sensitive business information.
Also, with the cloud, all data will be stored in an off-premises location. In fact, cloud vendors will often store data in multiple data centers to secure uptime during outages or disaster. If your business currently stores all of your data on-premises, local threats such as fires, floods, viruses, power surges and hard drive failures could lead to significant data loss and corruption. Cloud nonbelievers will have a hard time arguing with these compelling facts.
3. We Won’t Receive the Customer Support We Need
To drive success and improve client retention, your business no doubt provides exceptional customer service and product or service support. The same goes for any IaaS vendor worth its weight in gold. The best IaaS vendors will provide top-of-the-line services and ensure your infrastructure is continuously monitored and updated.
If your company takes the time to select a reputable vendor, as you would any other critical business service or product, you will get as good as, if not better, support than you would from your own IT department. And just think how much more your IT department will be able to get done when they no longer have to maintain and troubleshoot banks of servers that grow more quickly than a farm boy on biscuits and gravy.
IaaS and cloud services are one of the best ways to improve IT efficiency while lowering costs and easing the burden on overworked IT personnel. Learn more now when you download our free guide: 9 Ways to Improve Your IT Efficiency.