Harmful Myths that are Keeping Businesses Away from the Cloud

Adapted from articles by Emily Swartz and David Mitchell Smith by Simplicity VoIP

If you’re one of the millions of businesses that have already switched over to cloud computing, it’s probably difficult for you to understand what the rest of the world is waiting for. The fact is that the nature of cloud computing lends itself to the development of myths, many of which make businesses less willing to change the comfort of their old ways. In truth, avoiding switching to the cloud could actually be harming companies by causing them to lose out on signing on new customers and by serving to impede innovation and distracting them from real progress. Review the following myths and see if your perceptin is closer to reality or if you are living in your own cloud of, perhaps, faulty assumptions.

The Myth: The main reason you should switch to The Cloud is to save money.
It’s true that switching to the cloud can save you lots of money, but don't assume you will save money unless you work with us to honestly analyze your needs and benefits.  Consider total cost of ownership and asses the implications of moving from capital expenditure (capex) to operating expenditure (opex).  More importantly, however, realize that the cloud has many other benefits that make switching worthwhile.  Your old technology systems may be more wasteful than you think.  In a recent survey, cost savings accounted for only 14% of the reasons for migrating to the cloud.  Agility was one of the most cited reasons switching.

The Myth: The Cloud is less secure because it isn’t on-premises.
It’s easy to understand why someone who has no experience with the cloud might perceive it as less secure. When you can’t physically see where your data is being stored, who knows what’s happening to it? That being said, clouds are actually very secure – there have been very few reported security breaches in the public cloud to date, while more infiltrations are actually taking place in on-premises servers. In addition, there are plenty of security solutions and monitoring that are unique to the cloud. The security technology you get with cloud hosting is among the most advanced in the market. Plus, with the ability to back up everything you do into the cloud, it makes everything in your office more secure.

The Myth: You have to be in The Cloud to be leading-edge.
The Cloud is a great way to future proof your business, yet some vendors practice “cloud washing” — the tendency to call all things cloud whether they are or not. While some cloud washing is accidental and a result of legitimate confusion, we also see IT organizations call many things cloud as part of their efforts to gain funding and meet nebulous cloud demands and strategies.  Best to call things what they are.  Moving to the cloud will likely put you ahead of the curve.  Our representatives can help you make the distinctions.

The Myth: The Cloud is synonymous with data center.
Moving over to the cloud doesn’t necessarily mean shutting down your existing data center and relocating it (though it can). Many people still use on-premises data centers, albeit smaller ones, since not as much space is needed. There are also plenty of other ways to use the cloud, such as by adopting Simplicity VoIP's cloud phone services or other cloud business applications. If your business still isn’t comfortable moving to the cloud, you can take baby steps to test it out.  We can help you navigate your choices and find the simplest solutions.

The Myth: The Cloud should be used for everything.
The cloud fits best where value is placed on flexibility and the business has the ability to consume and pay for only what is needed when needed.

The Myth: The Cloud is Synonymous with Virtualization
Virtualization is a common way to enable cloud computing, but it’s not the only way to employ it. On top of that, virtualization isn’t enough – there will always be the need for manual manpower in order to make the cloud effective; that will never change. This is one of the biggest things that make people shy away from the cloud. It’s important to realize that it’s a tool for IT staff to leverage to make their jobs easier, not a replacement of them.

The Myth: The Cloud is The Cloud is The Cloud and all providers are basically the same.
While it is true that The Cloud is The Cloud, providers are as disparate as the experience of driving a Lexus and driving a Yugo.  It is important to consider not just the cost, but the quality of the equipment, the on-site training provided, the level of on-going customer service after installation, and the flexibility of the system.  Simplicity VoIP is known throughout the industry as a leading client focused company that ensures the best experience from the start of the evaluation process through the end of the contract.

Simplicity VoIP is ready to help you evaluate your needs, assess your options and install the right system for your business.  Call us!