The idea of cloud computing and transitioning over to virtualization is becoming quite the trend in the business world. But with this increase in popularity of the cloud comes an increase in misconceptions. When people don’t understand how something works, it is easy for them to become intimidated and assume things without knowing the facts. Here are a few common myths about cloud computing and what the facts really are!
Cloud Computing is MORE expensive.
Many people believe that making the transition over to the cloud will cost them more money. However, cloud computing is known to reduce IT management costs dramatically. When you take a look at things like the cost of management, energy, hardware, software licensing, refreshes, storage space, and anything else you may need, your customer is looking at a very pricey per-year investment. Moving over to the cloud makes things much more affordable for your customer because they only have to buy a ‘piece of the pie’ instead of the whole pie. This moves their business model from CapEx to OpEx!
Cloud Computing is NOT customizable – One Size Fits All.
The cloud is not a one size fits all model. In fact, cloud computing can be very customizable for those that choose to use it to their advantage. Your customer can choose from a public, private or hybrid cloud model. Each has different characteristics that can provide its users with different benefits for their business needs. For example, the public cloud is a multi-tenant cloud and is based off the popular definition of cloud computing. It provides services, applications and computing resources off-site, via the Internet. The private cloud is also known as the dedicated cloud and is based off of a single-tenant environment; this means the services, applications and computing resources are all within a private network!
Data stored in the cloud is NOT secure.
Many assume that cloud computing is riskier. This, however, could not be farther from the truth. Not only does the cloud protect your customers from viruses and theft, it can also ensure recovery of their data at remarkable speeds. Some even assume that the word “cloud” signifies that your data is just floating around out there for the whole world to see – again, NOT true. In reality, the term represents the Internet, which is where you have access to your data and programs when you switch to cloud computing.
Cloud computing is harmful to the environment.
To start off, a business of about 100 employees can reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by more than 90% by switching to cloud computing. The idea that cloud computing is harmful to the environment is, well, false. It allows for shared resources that call for less equipment and less waste. It also provides virtualization, which can reduce the energy and the amount of hardware used. With that being said, there is a ton of room for equipment efficiency and digital operations: save paper and space while eliminating the need to commute! By moving to an environment that will give back to the Earth every day of operation – isn’t that just unbeatable?
The cloud just creates another maintenance headache.
Transitioning to the cloud allows your client’s main focus to be on running their organization, not their IT department. They wont have to deal with additional hardware or timely installations. In fact, these types of responsibilities all move over to their cloud provider. Also, in terms of technology, when you work with a cloud provider like RapidScale, your customer will receive automatic updates throughout the year for software, servers, or computer processing power. Tell your customer to say goodbye to these maintenance headaches!
While we understand where these misconceptions come from, they cause confusion to come in to play. Hopefully, we cleared up what’s fact and what’s fiction. The more your customer knows about the cloud, the less intimidated they will be. Did you know that 60% of enterprises include cloud-related spending as part of their IT budgets? Or that 50% of SMBs do not currently have a Disaster Recovery Plan? What about that 82% of companies reportedly saved money by moving over to the cloud? And that 300% is the amount of growth in cloud workloads from 2012 – 2017? Facts and statistics are crazy, huh? Take some of our CloudUniversity courses to continue learning the facts about cloud computing.