Even as cloud solutions become more and more a part of daily business for most enterprises, a few common cloud myths continue to hang on. They can set the stage for unreasonable expectations in a shift to the cloud, or they can cause enough fear to keep organizations from taking that critical step to migration.
If your enterprise is considering implementing cloud solutions but you’re hearing some cloud myths in conversation, you need to be armed with solid responses. Take a look at four key insights on common cloud myths:
Myth 1: Cloud Always Means Cost Savings. Reducing costs is often the first topic that comes up when companies begin considering cloud solutions. The reality is that there are a lot of factors that can impact technology spending, and you may need to upgrade your network to support a new communications solution or you may be implementing solutions that require a significantly higher level of bandwidth than you have.
It’s important to measure the success of a cloud transition in ways that are tied to business goals. For instance, if your overall motivation is improving the customer experience, which key performance indicators (KPIs) might help you determine whether a move to the cloud is impacting your bottom line? That’s where your cost savings often come in.
Myth 2: Your Data Can’t Be Stored Safely in the Cloud. After cost savings, security is the other immediate thought when it comes to cloud storage. How can it be secure? The level of physical and cyber security surrounding a cloud provider is far beyond what any enterprise could support. Cloud providers employ 24/7 monitoring and have detailed, extensive security policies that protect your data. End-to-end encryption as well as multi-step authentication help protect data.
Myth 3: Your Cloud Solutions Can Be Layered Over Your Existing Infrastructure.It often comes as a surprise that the network and other infrastructure elements aren’t prepared to handle the data volume and performance requirements of many cloud solutions. In addition, many enterprises dip their toe into the water, then begin looking for additional ways to take advantage of the benefits of cloud technology. The demands on the infrastructure only grow.
Myth 4: A Transition to the Cloud Means a Pink Slip for IT. In most cases, a move to the cloud shifts IT professionals to a more rewarding role in the company. Rather than handling troubleshooting and maintenance, they are gaining a seat in the board room and directing business strategy. Technology is driving growth and innovation in business practices, so the potential for IT to set the vision for the company is steadily increasing.
If your organization is considering digital transformation options, don’t let cloud myths like these slow the process. Contact us at AMD Communications for help in navigating your organizational buy-in and to leverage the best cloud solutions for your enterprise.