Beyond Belief: 3 myths about the cloud that need to go away
October 25, 2016 in Tips and Tricks
By: Lorita Ba
Why Law Practice Cloud Myths Are Not True
Technology has been advancing quite rapidly in the past few years. For a lot of businesses, it can be difficult to keep up with it all. This is especially true of the cloud, an innovation that can be confusing for many people. Due to this, quite a number of myths and misconceptions have been spread about what the cloud is and what it can do.
Most of these are flat-out wrong, and are keeping companies from making the switch to a technology that could revolutionize their operations. To help dispel these rumors, we’ve put together the top three myths about the cloud that just need to go away.
Myth #1: It’s not secure
This is by far one of the most common myths about the cloud. Somewhere along the line, somebody spread the rumor that not keeping your data in-house meant that it was up for grabs by the nearest hackers. Obviously, this isn’t the case.
“In-house operations are often anything but secure.”
To begin, in-house operations are often anything but secure. Many employees struggle with basic security concepts, such as falling for phishing scams, which can leave your entire network in a vulnerable state. Cloud providers, on the other hand, are intensely focused on security and don’t fall for these dirty tricks. The cybersecurity measures put in place by these vendors are incredibly complex, which is why it isn’t surprising that Transparency Market Research predicted the global cloud security market will increase from $4.5 billion in 2014 to $11.8 billion in 2022.
Myth #2: It’s not reliable
On a similar note, a lot of companies feel that keeping IT operations in-house means they can better mitigate the risks associated with a disaster. Again, this is far from true. Cloud providers generally have all kinds of systems in place to ensure uptime, ranging from backup generators to temperature monitoring systems to avoid overheating. In fact, a study from CloudHarmony found that the amount of downtime for all of Amazon Web Service’s cloud products during the entirety of 2015 totaled a measly two and a half hours.
What’s more, keeping your data in the cloud is kind of a disaster recovery plan in and of itself. Information stored in a cloud-based platform can be accessed anywhere at anytime, which means employees still have access to mission-critical data if the office is severely damaged.
Myth #3: It’s a fad
Another myth about the cloud is that it’s just a passing fad. Of course, a cursory look at the number of companies relying on this technology could quickly dispel this rumor, but a more interesting piece of information is the number of organizations that stick with it. According to a study conducted by 451 Research on behalf of Microsoft, a whopping 95 percent of those observed said they wanted to continue working with their hosting and cloud vendor in the future.
If the cloud was a fad or some trend that would blow over, companies wouldn’t be scrambling to continue paying for the service. Clearly, these organizations are getting something out of the deal here, which means that the cloud has some serious advantages to offer modern businesses of all sizes.