Myth 1: Everything works better in the cloud
Cloud computing has its place in every business, from multi-national corporations and financial institutions to online businesses and startups. The common benefits of the cloud — faster time to market, streamlined processes and flexible infrastructure costs — are difficult to ignore. But just because the cloud has its place in every business, does not mean it is right for every task.
The public cloud might be best for some activities, private cloud for others, and dedicated hosting for legacy applications. Getting the right overall solution often requires a combination public, private and dedicated infrastructure. For example, if you are running an old application that was designed to run on dedicated servers, then moving it into the cloud could be difficult. Many older enterprise-type applications are best left on dedicated gear, incorporating a hybrid solution with cloud resources used for bursting, as required.
Myth 2: Data is not as secure in the cloud
A security breach could bring down your site, cause you to lose valuable revenue and harm your reputation. Therefore, it’s not surprising that security concerns are one of the largest obstacles for many businesses considering the cloud. However, security is also one of the easiest cloud myths to debunk.
In reality, security risks in the cloud are the same as those faced by traditional IT solutions, but with one main difference: When operating in the cloud, security no longer rests on your shoulders alone. Instead, security is a shared responsibility with your cloud hosting provider.
A good provider will have multiple security measures in place, from dedicated firewalls and advanced encryption to intrusion-detection systems and data centers that are compliant with the highest possible PCI DSS, ISO and ISAE standards.
Myth 3: It is always cheaper to run in the cloud
It is not always cheaper to run in the cloud, but it can often be more cost efficient. If you need all your servers running 24x7x365, it’s likely you can get the same compute power for less cost using a dedicated server.
Cloud works best for variable demands and workloads, where you have higher demand at certain times and lower demand at others. The cloud allows you to switch servers off during periods of lower demand to improve cost efficiency by more closely matching your cost pattern to your revenue/demand pattern. In addition, switching to an operational expenditure model rather than a capital expenditure one may be a desirable outcome for many businesses.
Myth 4: Everything can be automated in the cloud, so there’s no need for support
Of course, the beauty of the cloud is that everything from the infrastructure layer upwards can be automated, but this requires a significant level of expertise and understanding of the tools involved. For an app developer designing from scratch to run in the cloud, automation is easy, enabling auto scaling and self-healing with no need for human intervention at all.
However, if you don’t have this level of knowledge and expertise in-house, then you’ll likely need additional support — at least for the short-term. Hosting providers differ in their approach, but at Rackspace, Fanatical Support® is the cornerstone of the service we deliver. Support, to us, means delivering unmatched expertise that not only gets you started, but provides the technology and know-how to advance your business on a daily basis and keep you running smoothly.
Myth 5: Cloud is harmful to the environment
In reality, cloud computing is quite eco-friendly. On-site data centers use a lot of power once you account for cooling, lighting and maintenance. In contrast, hosting with a provider such as Rackspace delivers the very latest in power-efficient technology. Our servers have low-voltage processors and consume less power than many other models available in the market. And as Green IT Operator of the Year, we are focused on operating as efficiently as possible and making sure that our data centers are greener and more efficient than ever before.
Myth 6: Cloud costs jobs
The hype surrounding the impact of cloud on IT resources can be easily dispelled. Indeed, instead of taking jobs, it has created them. As with any game-changing solution, the ever increasing shift into the cloud will require a host of cloud-savvy experts whose skills and knowledge will maintain and strengthen growth and development.
Myth 7: Migrating into the cloud is more hassle than it’s worth
While some cleansing and architecture revisions may be required, particularly if you are currently working on very old servers, migrating to the cloud should be relatively pain free. If you work in partnership with a trusted and experienced hosting provider, it can all happen seamlessly and with minimal downtime. Usually, the short-term inconvenience is small compared to the long-term benefits of greater efficiency, cost effectiveness and having a business that is better able to adapt to market changes.
Myth 8: Big data is not a big deal
Businesses are generating and storing more data than ever before. If managed improperly, big data can lead to crippled and ineffective storage and systems. Yet, if structured and managed properly, big data can provide valuable insights. By moving into the cloud, you can achieve far greater storage efficiency through a structured and organized approach to data management that will help you achieve and sustain a competitive advantage.
Myth 9: Cloud technology is still in its infancy
A recent ISACA study revealed that cloud computing is fast approaching maturity. Within the next four years, you can expect to see constant innovation at an ever-increasing pace. Continual refinement will help ensure that cloud computing meets the needs of every size and type of business. Those who harness the cloud now will be the first to reap its long-term rewards.
Myth 10: Bring Your Own Device is not a big concern
Fueled by increased reliance on personal devices and the need to reduce costs, a growing number of employers are implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies. Allowing employees to connect personal mobile devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets to the corporate network offers many potential benefits, including reduction of IT spend, increased job satisfaction and improved productivity. However, the myth still exists BYOD comes with a hefty price tag. Not so, if you migrate to the cloud. The cloud enables access anywhere, anytime on any device without the need to build the infrastructure to support it.