Let’s get real: When it comes to the cloud, what’s true and what’s not?
When we help organizations on their cloud journeys, the first step is to ask questions. A lot of questions. We want to know about your biggest goals and challenges, so we can create a custom cloud roadmap for your business. And, in turn, you ask us a lot of questions, so you can be clear-eyed and informed on what your cloud transformation will look like.
Over many conversations and many years in the cloud biz, we’ve heard a lot of cloud myths. So let’s bust them here and now.
Myth #1: The cloud is just storage
The cloud’s storage capabilities are truly next-level, and maybe that’s how a lot of organizations first venture into this new territory. But cloud capabilities go far beyond storage.
Once you’ve moved your data management to the cloud and off clunky on-premise machinery, you’re freed up to do the things you really want to do with your business: drive innovation, get products to market faster, and strengthen your core business. And the software you’ll need to do all of these things? It’s ready and waiting in the cloud, if you want it.
The cloud is an elastic, dynamic, and infinitely capable environment. Whatever your business goals, the cloud gets you there.
Myth #2: The cloud is an IT thing, not people or products
Just the opposite—the cloud is ALL about people and products.
For example, a patient in a rural town goes to the doctor with a mysterious heart pain. The puzzled doctor uploads a recording of the patient’s heartbeat to a cloud-based app. Rather than sending the patient to a better-equipped clinic further away, both patient and doctor get results, and are able to decide next steps then and there.
And that’s just one. We could list infinite examples.
The cloud also helps you attract and maintain top employees by creating a great work experience. Your sales force can absolutely kill it with the power of a cloud-based CRM to find, track, manage, win over, and support clients—on any device, anywhere, any time.
The staff in your restaurant swaps shifts easily and transparently. Your kitchen tracks which dishes are consistently more popular. Your sommelier knows exactly what’s in the cellar after a weekend away. Basically anything you can think of that will make launching your product or running your business easier, it’s in the cloud.
Myth #3: The cloud is less secure
Not true. It’s natural to feel nervous about moving your data to another company’s platform (the ultimate trust exercise), but the cloud is secure. Really.
We’ve all heard the data-breach horror stories in the media. Hackers getting credit card info, social security numbers, cell phone numbers. But these data breaches weren’t because the data was in the cloud. They were due to human error or negligence, like not doing regular software updates or security patches.
Rest assured, cloud providers are extremely serious about your security. The major cloud providers like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud Platform have entire squads of PhDs dedicated one hundred percent to your security. Think about it: these are the companies keeping your Google searches and Amazon data secure.
Microsoft has a cyber defense operations center to give the company around-the-clock access to whatever it needs to respond to cyber threats. It also has a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack protection platform that analyzes traffic in real-time and has the capability to respond and mitigate an attack within 90 seconds of the detection.
Who’s better equipped than the world’s security experts to keep your data secure? No one. These people (and technologies) are the best in the business, and you’ll want them on your team. That’s why companies from Netflix to Alaska Airlines to NASA are in the cloud.
Myth #4: You’ll automatically save money when you migrate
The cloud will likely save you money in the long run. But it won’t necessarily be right away, and it shouldn’t be the number one driver of your cloud transformation.
Whereas you might immediately save money on, say, software licensing and on-premise infrastructure, the upfront costs of migration mean that it could be a few months or more before you see the savings needle move in that positive direction.