The Cloud Is Confusing Enough. Don’t Fall for These Common Myths

ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS

By Mike Shollack, CEO & President

Even as the popularity of cloud computing solutions continues to rise, it’s hard to know where to start. The cloud is a complex topic. There are a lot of misconceptions associated with cloud service providers like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). If your small business is looking for an affordable yet secure solution, you might worry about making wrong move.

Fortunately, an experienced technology company can help. Verdant TCS implements cloud-first strategies that take a bank-grade approach to architecture and infrastructure and make it affordable. We believe that a streamlined approach to cloud computing and IT can give you the scalability, security, and services you need for your unique business requirements.

With that in mind, let’s debunk five of the most common myths we continue to see with the cloud.

Myth #1: The Cloud Will Take Care of My Security Needs For Me

The cloud does offer robust cybersecurity features, but it’s a shared responsibility where the configuration and implementation of this functionality falls with you. Your business isn’t going to be instantly safe from hacks and data breaches just because you have migrated to the cloud.

To capitalize on the robust security features that are available with the cloud, you will need to both plan and set up security measures that are appropriate for your business. Once this has been done, and you are continually monitoring and updating your cloud infrastructure, then your business can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with cloud security.

Myth #2: Latency Issues Will Be Too Much for Us to Overcome

Latency in a cloud environment refers to the amount of time it takes to send and then receive information. Delays in this process can make a big impact on your business. It can be a legitimate issue, but identifying the sources of latency issues and prioritizing business traffic can go a long way toward mitigating delays. This is especially true for remote workers who rely on the cloud to conduct business.

Fortunately, latency issues can be controlled by identifying, addressing, and monitoring informational bottlenecks on your network. If you take the time to monitor your network, then the benefits of the cloud should outweigh any latency issue you might encounter.

Myth #3: The Cloud Is Going to Eliminate My IT Team

Granted, the cloud can make your business more efficient with the automation of processes, the elimination of duplicate tasks, and the modernization of technology through the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and more. But that doesn’t mean your IT team is off the hook and won’t need to support the cloud.

In addition to continuously monitoring and updating your cloud platform, you also have an opportunity to empower your IT team to focus on new strategic initiatives designed to help grow your business while adapting to changing technology. Rather than simply reacting to technical issues with on-premises equipment, your IT team can proactively embrace a digital transformation and move you into the future.

Myth #4: My Business Can’t Afford Cloud Migration

In the short term, you may need to make a significant initial investment to begin migrating into the cloud. There are many factors you’ll need to consider that can affect the cost of implementation, including data protection, backup and storage needs, disaster recovery, the number of employees, customers, and locations you serve, and more. The good news is that the cloud is flexible and scalable, so that you can create a cloud migration plan that is best suited for your business.

As your cloud strategy is implemented, you should be able to see increases in productivity, efficiency, and cost savings that allow you to save money overall when you look at the total cost of ownership. Our IT consultants can also help you evaluate your vendor contracts and identify additional cost savings.

Myth #5: Multi-Tenancy Issues Will Put My Company at Risk

Multi-tenancy, a key component of both private and public cloud environments, is when a single software application serves multiple customers on the same database. Security is often a concern with multi-tenancy. However, your individual data is isolated from other tenants. Think of a bank, for example. One location can have dozens of safety deposit boxes, but customers are only allowed to access their own and not anybody else’s.

There are many ways multi-tenancy might be used, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). Rather than being a liability, multi-tenancy can help you reduce the number of computing resources you need and save you money in the long-term.

You Don’t Need Take Your Cloud Journey Alone

Even if you’ve already debunked these myths, it still can be hard to know where to start your path into the cloud. It’s a challenge to find a multilayered solution that can adequately store, protect, and back up your data, while also giving your team secure and reliable access anywhere they are, any time they need it. Oh, and it needs to be affordable too.

That’s where an experienced IT company like Verdant TCS can step in to help find a cloud solution that is right for your business. Aligning business goals with technology often leads to more questions than answers. We can help.

Verdant TCS Can Help Your Journey into the Cloud

We’re big believers in the power of cloud solutions. Your business can enjoy increases in efficiency, productivity, and collaboration by implementing the right technology and offerings for your cloud adoption strategy.  

Verdant TCS offers a variety of innovative and cost-effective cloud solutions that are secure, reliable, and flexible based on your need. Whether you are new to the cloud or have already started, we can help your business evolve with near-constant advances in technology. Our team works closely with businesses, providing practical and prompt assistance when you need it most.

To schedule a consultation with our team of experienced cloud and IT professionals, please call 616-210-1760 or fill out this short form.