If you are thinking about switching to cloud computing, it’s best that you do as much research as possible to dispel any misconceptions you may have. Switching to the cloud can provide your business with a wealth of benefits if you are able to find the right provider and the right package to suit your business and personal needs.
All cloud computing providers are the same
This myth is perhaps perpetuated by the way in which we talk about ‘the cloud’ as though it’s a single, monolithic structure. Each cloud provider offers a unique set of packages and you need to design the infrastructure underlying your own cloud computing solution. Of course your cloud computing provider can help you to design a solution that meets your needs, but this will be an iteration that suits the applications and functionality you need rather than a prepaid package like the ones you get from your smart phone provider.
My data is not secure in the cloud
Cloud computing solutions can be just as secure, if not more secure than your current protocols. Again, every cloud provider is different and their levels of security range from Gringott’s Wizarding Bank to laughable. Most cloud computing providers have excellent security levels and with constant updates installed, they are always ahead of the curve. Most cloud computing security protocols are more sophisticated than the average business can afford and come at a fraction of the cost.
My data is completely secure in the cloud
Selecting a cloud provider with top-notch security protocols should not lull you into complacency. While your data is secure in the cloud, you must remember that your employees are accessing this data from a bunch of devices and a wide range of locations. These handheld devices can be lost or stolen which may place your secure data at risk. Your employees may also be accessing your online databases on unsecured networks which could easily be accessed by other users. Choosing a cloud computing provider with rigorous security protocols is only the first step in a comprehensive plan that will ensure the safety of your sensitive and confidential online data.
Together with your cloud computing provider and your IT department, you need to set up security protocols for your employees that outline how and when online databases can be accessed. Have policies that govern passwords which provide access to your cloud computing databases, policies around devices that should be used and procedures for when these devices are lost or stolen.
Cloud computing means you can get rid of your IT department
At the very most, you will be able to downsize your IT department, or look forward to less overtime but ultimately, as long as you are using electronic devices to access databases, you will always need support. Switching to an online database takes an enormous amount of planning. The cloud computing infrastructure needs an architect and it will continuously need to be tweaked as your business grows and evolves. This may actually require additional staff members if none of your employees are adept at navigating the cloud. Your employees will then have to be educated on how to safely access cloud computing and to use it on a number of handheld devices. Security protocols for cloud computing will have to be authored and administered.
While you may no longer need someone to maintain your servers or complex networks, you will need an expert to ensure that your cloud computing system is one which best serves your interests.
Only large businesses can benefit from cloud computing
It’s small to medium businesses that have the most to gain from cloud computing. With the ability to tailor the exact programs you need (rather than buying the whole suite), with reduced IT costs and with access to the same technology as larger corporations at a fraction of the cost, cloud computing levels the playing field. Now everyone has access to the latest data, online databases, security and technology and your smaller size may actually put you at an advantage as you are more flexible and able to offer a personal touch.
While cloud computing is not a panacea to your IT problems, it can mean far fewer issues and access to technology and data that can really give your company the edge. If you aren’t well-versed on the cloud computing front, do your homework carefully to ensure that you find the cloud provider that best suits your needs.