While several variations and cloud computing models exist, there are misconceptions about the cloud that have crept up over the years, causing business leaders to make mistakes about moving systems to the cloud and protecting the data that resides on a cloud application or server.
Common Cloud Misconceptions
The Cloud is turnkey.
While IT cloud services may appear to be "plug and play," managing cloud services can become complex. Most businesses operate from a vast portfolio of cloud applications and infrastructure that combines off- and on-premises clouds, adding difficulty to infrastructure management, making the best use of cloud computing anything but turnkey.
The Cloud is not secure.
Cloud security is improving all the time. In most cases, cloud vendors will have data encryption, functionality, and security procedures that are more stringent and more advanced than their clients.
The Cloud comes in one size only.
The cloud is a flexible solution, and all good providers have a wide range of cloud-computing choices. As seen in the list above, varying uses for the cloud will determine which type of cloud computing and functionality you need.
The Cloud is more expensive.
Although switching to the cloud may come with slight upfront costs such as installation or migration, it will save you money in the long run. Cloud computing is known to reduce IT management costs dramatically. When you add up the cost of management, energy, hardware, software licensing, refreshes, storage space, and everything else that comes with managing your own IT infrastructure, you could be looking at a pricey per-year investment.
I don't have to back up my data in the Cloud; it's already backed up.
Let's clear one thing up right away: synchronization isn't backup. Cloud-syncing services are an easy, effective way to keep vital files updated across several machines. But if you're relying on a service like this to save your skin in the case of an IT emergency, you're running a serious risk. It would be best to have a professional cloud backup solution that recovers files from its original creation to the present day.
The Cloud guarantees fast data recovery in the event of an emergency.
Data back-up is the process of copying the data to a separate location, so it always exists somewhere else. Even if the data is stored in an off-premises cloud server, restoring the data rapidly becomes a challenge. When organizations only have backup solutions, they don't really have a good way of recovering data or recovering their applications in the disaster recovery context. Data back-up and recovery ensure your team can retrieve data accurately and quickly when needed.
The Cloud should and will work the way you expect it to work.
Not so. Cloud interoperability is the ability of a customer's system to interact with a cloud service or one cloud service's ability to interact with other cloud services by exchanging information according to a prescribed method for predictable results. Consider this if you want to move an application and data from one cloud to another.
How can we help you?
At Blue Fox Group, we help business leaders find more time to work on high-priority tasks, reduce costs over time and work from an IT Roadmap that increases margins, plans for IT spend and reduces error in a very systematic way. But even more than what we do, here's what we won't do:
- Give you advice without a strategy. Advice without a strategy is a blind sales pitch, and we are not salespeople. We are business and IT consultants. Every IT decision has an impact on daily operations. Providing IT support without assessing the impact on the business will only lead to more costs over time.
- Sell you REACTIVE support. Reactive support must react to problems and emergencies, and while we do provide reactive support when needed, this is not the premise for working with you. Instead, we proactively detect and manage your environment from a known set of implemented standards and processes. When standards and best practices are in place, they reduce reactive to noise, lowering the frequency of surprises and interruptions that eat time and money.
- Only fix what is broken. Most of the time, an IT issue is symptomatic of a bigger issue. You don’t want an IT partner who only patches the dam, meaning you don’t want an IT partner that only fixes what is broken. We are the partner who will help you establish standards, identify risk and manage business outcomes.
- Compete on price. We want to make an impactful difference to your business by aligning our IT consulting, best practices, and expertise to your stated business outcomes. Once those are established, we work backward to build a set of standards that manage business outcomes and manage risk. What you get back in time, productivity and outcome should be immeasurably more than your investment into our services. We compete on value, not price.