One thing is certain: the cloud has completely changed the way we store and process information. Despite being a resource characterized by its accessibility, the truth is that cloud services are built on technology as advantageous as it is complex. Precisely because of this complexity, the way the cloud works remains a mystery to many. This has led to the emergence of some myths related to Cloud Computing, some of which are still popular among users of the digital world today.
Knowing what the real benefits and limitations of cloud services are is vital to get the most out of this technology. That’s why today we’ve brought you an article dedicated to dismantling some of the most popular myths related to the cloud. Want to find out what they are? Read on and find out more.
What are cloud services?
Before defining what a cloud service is, we need to start by describing what cloud computing technology is.
Cloud computing is a technology model that provides ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand access to a shared network and a set of configurable IT resources (such as networks, servers, storage, and applications). These resources can be provisioned and unleashed with minimal administration, giving Cloud Computing a competitive advantage far above local storage.
Cloud services are then, all those that can be accessed by a user; through the internet and through a cloud computing provider. There are three models of service in Cloud Computing, these are:
- Software as a Service (Software as a service or SaaS).
- Infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
- Platform as a service (PaaS).
What are the most popular myths related to cloud services?
#1 The cloud is not secure
The possibility of being attacked by some type of malware or other threat that prevents the proper functioning of systems, is today a recurrent concern among business leaders, especially among SMEs. That’s why some managers approach cloud technology with a certain distrust. Because it seems less controlled and more unprotected. However, it is an erroneous perception that establishes that the cloud is much more insecure than physical infrastructures.
On the contrary, competitiveness and a sense of responsibility towards customers have generated a constant need for Cloud Computing providers to shield the ecosystem in the cloud. To this end, they have invested in new infrastructures that allow the secure storage of all their customers’ data through encrypted servers and antivirus protection. In addition, some have joined forces with security solution leaders from around the world to develop applications dedicated to protecting assets in the cloud.
Tenable, for example, has developed the Tenable.io tool. A solution capable of automatically monitoring and protecting web applications and containers in the cloud.
#2 Cloud migration requires a total change in enterprise infrastructure
Many executives believe that migration to cloud services involves a major reorganization of business processes. However, the truth is that usually, cloud service providers offer simple implementations and highly customizable cloud applications according to the needs of each user.
# 3 Cloud services are expensive
Unlike traditional software, in the cloud users pay only for what they use. This represents a great advantage in terms of costs. In addition to that, the cloud allows to diminish the requirements of physical infrastructure within the company, and consequently of extra personnel that takes charge of its management.
The tariff options of the cloud vary according to the requirements of each company, so regardless of the size of the organization, it may be able to enjoy services in the cloud adapted to the size of its budget.
#4 Enterprises can only work with a single cloud service provider
The cloud an enormous amount of possibilities for users and businesses of all kinds. Then, your company may need various resources from the cloud, resources that can not be offered by a single provider. Do you need to restrict yourself? Of course not. You can conveniently use the resources of different providers to enhance the performance of your company. However, always try to create coherent plans in reference to this issue. Do not let one service interfere with another. This will allow you to make the most of your cloud assets.
#5 Provider reliability is not guaranteed
As mentioned above, Cloud Computing providers have strived to develop high-quality technology that delivers the best possible user experience. This also means giving them the confidence that no matter what happens; their assets will always be available in the cloud.
Of course, in this case, we are talking about those big providers in the market, such as Amazon or Microsoft. These are capable of guaranteeing users up to 99% uptime. It is important that when you choose a provider you verify its background, as well as the opinion of other customers. This will allow you to choose one that really guarantees a continuous and reliable service.
Still, have doubts? Contact us now and clear them all. At GB Advisors we have a team of IT experts, capable of giving you the advice you need to choose the best applications in the cloud. Trust us and start seeing your business grow.