Myths about Cloud Computing – Time to Break Them!
While several companies are moving towards Cloud Migrations, there are significant number of businesses that have some inhibitions about Cloud. When we speak to our prospective customers, we realize that most of the companies (read as small enterprises) have myths about Cloud computing. Below are the some of the myths about Cloud computing that our customers have expressed.
Cloud is Prohibitively Expensive
The only way to understand the savings of Cloud computing is to calculate the “Total Cost of Ownership”. Though there is a minor portion of CapEx (Capital Expenditure) for the company, the OpEx (Operational Expenditure) reduces significantly over a distributed period. Cloud requires very less infrastructure. Companies can leverage the increased capacity to support more users or offer new services. The icing on the cake – Should there be a contingency, the data is safe and the business continues.
Cloud is Complex
Again, this is more a mindset, than a practical, problem. Our customers who have migrated to Cloud have told us that initially they were apprehensive about the Cloud solution. Nevertheless, after the migration, they find Cloud to be extremely simple to manage. Cloud allows businesses to buy what they need and pay only for resources they consume. This means, Companies no longer need to spend lots of money on Infrastructure maintenance and have the flexibility of ramping up / down the cloud infrastructure in line with the business needs.
Cloud is NOT Secure
Safety of an environment is dependent on security configurations, practices and procedures that protect it. Even if all your data is hosted onto a local server with a firewall, it is still vulnerable to threats. Remote cloud, on the other hand, can be an extremely secure option, if it follows a foolproof data management and security procedures. Public cloud service providers such as Microsoft Azure, AWS etc have robust data security management systems in place. In case of private cloud environments, the vendor can build in such systems at a very less cost, certainly, lesser than the security management systems for your local infrastructure.
Cloud Provider Selection is a Problem
Well that certainly is, if you certainly do not understand their offerings. You need a service provider who can offer you advice, not just a service. The provider needs to be able to gauge your landscape, business needs, budget, and suggest what is right for your business. Ideally, your service provider must be able to offer you a wide range of services to help you embrace cloud solutions for back-office functions like finance, human resources and procurement, as well as customer-facing apps like e-commerce, web hosting and content management.
Cloud is NOT for Me
It may be true if your competitors too are thinking like you. However, before you write off moving to Cloud, observe what your competitors are doing. Some businesses have unique processes and hence may feel that Cloud computing maybe a cumbersome process. The best approach in this case is to evaluate what you lose if you do not migrate to Cloud.
Cloud is certainly how the businesses are going to operate for the next few decades. If you do not invest in Cloud now, it is very possible that you become obsolete.
ComTec is a specialized Cloud solutions provider. Our sweet spot is being able to do everything from soup to nuts for customers with Cloud requirements. We have a dedicated Cloud Solutions Practice with capability and experience in offering host of cloud services right from consulting to migrations, re-haul, and redesign, security testing, maintenance and support. We are vendor agnostic and can work with all reputed public cloud service providers. In addition, we have our own migration framework for private cloud environments.
If you wish to know more about our cloud services, contact us right away.