So many companies rely on Cloud Storage but few understand how it is actually meant to work, and how it is meant to be used. From fears about security to the worry about data perhaps not backing up the way that it is meant to, before you commit to making the switch over to the Cloud, we’re going to clear up a few myths that could either end up causing damage to your data or just hold your company back from growing to its full potential.
Myth 1: If your data is backed up to the Cloud, it is the only backup you need
Given the value of data and the fact that companies pretty much run completely on the data that they create and are able to store, you can imagine that safely storing it is a pretty big deal. A lot of businesses think that if they backup their data to the Cloud at the end of each working day, their data is guaranteed to be stored safely forever. The reality, however, is that while the data might be up on the Cloud, this storage point alone is not enough.
Not only is storage on the cloud not necessarily a long term deal, but it is also prone to error. The absolute best way to secure data is to do at least two separate backups, with one being a copy of the data on an external hard drive.
Myth 2: The transition is quick and easy
Most businesses want that quick and easy route when it comes to creating backups or just generally accessing whatever it is that they are using on the Cloud. For this reason, when it comes to implementing a cloud based solution, they want the installation process to be completed as quickly as possible, and so they make the mistake of not reading into things or having a proper talk with an IT professional about what to expect and how things will work.
When transitioning to the cloud, it helps to create and follow a particular strategy, to ensure that the initial process goes smoothly.
Myth 3: Data can be accessed by the cloud providers
So long as so much of modern business is conducted via the web, there will be concerns about data security. And one of the biggest, and sometimes most damaging myths, is that whoever is providing you with the cloud based service will have access to your data.
Cloud providers are well known to work with some of the biggest companies on the planet and the industries using the cloud span from the medical world to the incredibly safety conscious world of finance.
For this reason, and many others, cloud providers are strict on security and allow their clients to have full control over how security will look for them. In a nutshell, the provider will not, in most cases, be given access to any data that they agree to store.
Myth 4: Small companies can’t move to the cloud
The cloud is there for every kind of business to benefit from and given the effectiveness of the service as well as the immense safety and security that comes from using the cloud, small businesses can actually dream bigger when they move to the cloud. Businesses using the cloud are also given the perfect tool to become more scalable, which is ultimately going to benefit the business.
Myth 5: Moving to the cloud instantly saves money
Initially, once you start using the cloud, you won’t notice where your budget is being saved. But over time, you are going to see your overall IT related costs start to drop and year after year, this will result in you saving quite a lot. Using the cloud also tends to prevent you from having to pay those expensive upfront fees for software updates, but only if you are on a subscription service, which is something you should discuss with your provider.