Cloud adoption is growing exponentially. However, if you ask business owners, IT professionals and others who work in the IT industry, you might hear different opinions of what it takes to move data over to the cloud. The challenge is deciphering truth from fiction. Don’t let that stop you, because if you’re considering moving your enterprise-level business to the cloud, you’re in good company. But first, you should know the facts. Let’s dive in and banish the top 6 myths of cloud adoption so that we can truly understand the realities of cloud adoption.
Myth 1- Security Is a Problem on the Cloud
The realities: The cloud may be more secure than any private network. That’s because a cloud provider has IT teams dedicated to securing their network and their client’s data. Security is a fundamental aspect of their business. They strive to implement the most sophisticated techniques that utilize technology advanced firewalls and encryption methods to ward off outside threats.
By contrast, a business’s on-premise IT staff must try to keep up with the threats all by themselves. Businesses that migrate to the cloud have that extra security muscle that the cloud provider offers.
Myth 2 – A Public Cloud Is Enough to Meet All of Your Business Needs
The realities: Businesses need a combination of structures to remain operational. Take the hybrid cloud solution, for example. It consists of a public cloud, private cloud, and hardware/software infrastructure made specifically for the hybrid model. A private cloud is needed as all enterprises have proprietary data they’ll want to be accessed only by those given exclusive permissions. Therefore, data migration will always be selective on a public cloud.
It’s also important to realize that some programs aren’t cloud-capable. Legacy, on-premise applications might not permit moving to the cloud due to how they were coded. Moreover, existing security contracts sometimes disallow shifting an application to the cloud due to its data sensitivity.
Myth 3 – Enterprises Can Leave All the Security Tasks to the Cloud Provider
The cloud provider does a lot to enhance security, but there’s a false sense of absolute security when a business doesn’t do what it can to secure devices on its end. For instance, security training should be mandatory for all employees. Data transmission rules, login sharing prohibition, phishing recognition, and preventing account thefts are all topics to be covered in on-site training sessions.
In addition, businesses must tie up loose ends when a vendor relationship terminates or an employee leaves the company. They can do this by removing access to their accounts to keep data secure. Realizing the role of the cloud provider, which is not a company employee, is vital too. By using a cloud provider, businesses can thrive by being better able to focus on reaching goals.
Myth 4 – Industry Compliance Regulations Can’t Be Met on the Cloud
The realities: In many cases, the cloud makes it’s easier to meet industry compliance regulations. Being compliance-minded, the best cloud providers have intrusion detection systems (IDS) to help businesses comply with certain standards of regulation such as with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Payment Card Industry (PCI).
Both HIPAA and PCI mandate that businesses track all attempts to steal data. They want to know the points of origin when there’s stolen data. Where the data went to is what they need as well. To get this information, they require businesses’ event logs to be saved. IDS can enable the feature that saves the event logs, plus it can recognize problems that arise from bad configurations on network devices.
Data destruction compliance is another requirement for businesses. Cloud providers can enable data-at-rest encryption which encrypts data during transmission and keeps it that way. Access is only available to authorized users. As you can see, there’s a lot that cloud providers are able to do to help businesses meet compliance regulations.
Myth 5 – It Will Be Extremely Challenging to Migrate to the Cloud
It depends on the business’s existing setup. If the servers are old, it will take a little more time to migrate. Having said that, a skilled and experienced cloud provider knows the best strategy that is the fastest, most painless, and requires the least amount of server unavailability.
To minimize any potential delays in the cloud migration process, businesses should keep their servers up-to-date. It’s also a good idea to get the facts before assuming it will be difficult. Realize that because each business is different; therefore, the exact migration process will vary in some ways too.
Myth 6 – All IT Staff Jobs Will Become Obsolete
The realities: On-premise IT staff is needed throughout the transition of cloud migration and much more so afterward. The cloud is a type of infrastructure, not a departmental replacement. People still must manage it from day-to-day.
A business’s IT staff monitor’s the cloud, plan tasks, and then puts them into action. The cloud environment gives an on-premise IT team more time to strategically develop projects for the betterment of a business. Otherwise, without the cloud, IT will be continually and frequently updating software and hardware updates for all company employees. That’s a loss of productivity. Physical upgrades take additional time to schedule updating each employee’s workstation, not to mention the downtime and loss of productivity for both IT and the other employees as they wait for the updates to complete.
The myth of the vanishing IT staff is debunked. Instead of losing jobs, the cloud has created a demand for forward-thinking IT professionals with advanced skills.
Cloud adoption is not slowing down. Furthermore, businesses are migrating to the cloud at record speed. As a result, soon, any business that doesn’t have at least some cloud-based applications won’t be able to compete with their competitors in their industry space. Now that we’ve separated the facts from the hype, consider cloud adoption today!