myths about Cloud Computing
Don’t let these misconceptions keep you from gaining a competitive edge Over the last five years, cloud computing has become one of the hottest, most sought-after technologies on the market. Despite the growing rate of cloud adoption, the many different types of cloud computing continue to create confusion in the marketplace. And some organizations remain reluctant to part with their hardware. Every organization will make different decisions about when and how to take advantage of the benefits provided by cloud computing. Organizations that are quick to adopt cloud computing can gain an advantage over their competitors by freeing IT staff to focus on aligning IT with business goals, increasing the productivity and flexibility of their workforce, improving availability, and better protecting their data. Could your concerns about cloud computing be holding back your business? Check out our top five most common myths about the cloud.
1. It’s too new.
People often talk about cloud computing as if it were a promising but experimental new technology. But, in fact, cloud computing is just a new name for an old concept. Five years ago we would have called it hosting, and 15 years ago we would have referred to hosters as an Application Service Provider (ASP). Cloud computing simply allows you to take your applications and data, detach them from being committed to any single piece of hardware, and access them through a browser. Companies like VMware and NetApp have been producing the technology to support hosting platforms for over a decade. Companies like Netflix, Apple, Google, and Dropbox have already brought cloud computing into our homes and revolutionized the way we think about our data. It’s time for corporate America to catch up.
2. It’s too expensive.
If a server goes down in a traditional IT environment, it could take three to five days to procure a new server, set it up, install and patch the OS, load the database and applications, and restore your data. If that server is running a core business system, accounting application, or ERP software, those three to five days could be devastating to your operations, your reputation, and your bottom line. When you consider the cost of enterprise-class hardware, software, data center colocation services, and labor to prevent outages in traditional IT environments, cloud computing always ends up being the most affordable solution. And with companies refreshing their computers, servers, and storage area networks every four to five years, cloud computing offers an alternative to the large, recurring capital expenditures required by the tech refresh cycle.
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