According to the 2019 State of the Cloud Survey, more businesses are using cloud solutions to store crucial applications and sensitive data. The companies surveyed spend at least $1.2 million per year on cloud computing. Despite that, many businesses still hesitate to adopt the cloud because the following misconceptions.
1. It is difficult to migrate to the cloud
When it comes to cloud computing, many business owners are concerned about how much time and effort goes into moving their legacy systems to the cloud. They’re particularly concerned about migrating servers and applications and moving data in batches. What’s more, businesses need to set up user accounts and access controls to ensure that employees have the tools they need to do their job.
Yes, cloud migrations can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t have much experience with cloud technology, but no one said you have to do it alone.
Managed IT services providers (MSPs) facilitate the entire migration process so that you don’t have to do it all by yourself. MSPs can also move your systems to the cloud with minimal downtime and proactively manage cloud servers, so you and your workforce can quickly enjoy the cloud's benefits.
2. The cloud is not as secure as on-premises systems
Skeptics believe that since cloud applications and systems are delivered via the internet, they’re inherently more susceptible to cyberattacks than on-premises systems. This cannot be further from the truth.
In fact, major cloud computing providers like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft implement multiple layers of security to protect their servers from the newest threats. They use AI-powered threat detection software, military-grade encryption, network monitoring, and regular system backups. Cloud providers even audit and configure their systems to ensure compliance with industry regulations like HIPAA and PCI DSS.
As for account security, cloud providers offer multifactor authentication (MFA) and access management to ensure data never fall into the wrong hands. The former adds a layer of security on top of passwords usually in the form of a temporary SMS activation code. Meanwhile, access management allows you to set restrictions for files and apps based on the user’s device and job description.
3. The cloud takes away in-house IT jobs
Some in-house IT administrators may be worried about losing their jobs since cloud infrastructures can be managed by MSPs. However, cloud services augment rather than replace your IT team.
When cloud experts manage everything from server resources to cloud security, your in-house IT team will have more time to focus on more valuable tasks such as recommending new solutions to improve business processes.
Keep in mind that cloud technology only covers one aspect of IT. You still need in-house IT staff to manage mobile devices, increase cybersecurity, and set up computers. Additionally, if there are pressing and highly technical issues, having a system administrator nearby can be a lifesaver.
4. Cloud computing is expensive
Many cloud services usually require you to pay a monthly subscription fee plus costs associated with setting up cloud systems. And if you want more computing resources (e.g., user accounts, storage space, and processing power), you have to pay extra. At first glance, these expenses may seem like a huge investment, but they’re actually more cost-efficient than deploying and managing your own in-house servers.
Instead of paying for bulky equipment, software licenses, and salaries of in-house IT staff, you only have to pay for the amount of computing power you need. The cost of ownership is covered by the cloud provider, making the cloud a practical and cost-effective option for businesses.
Ultimately, growing your business is much easier thanks to the cloud.
PC LAN Techs helps organizations in South Florida optimize their technology by deploying an outsourced IT department they can trust. Get in touch with us today to migrate to the cloud and reduce your IT-related stress.