4 Common Cloud Misconceptions

It is safe to say that cloud platforms are on the up-tick as a rising trend. However, due to the quick rise in popularity that cloud platforms have enjoyed, people often forget that this a rather new technology. As it often is, the new technology is surrounded by doubt and unnecessary suspicion. We, at Vistanet, are here to put your mind at ease, inform you of the aforementioned misconceptions, and to remind you of the advantages of the cloud, including:

  • Letting businesses concentrate on what they do best

  • Speeding up every day procedures

  • Not requiring capital investments

  • Letting businesses scale up at their own rate

  • And many more

Regardless of the advantages, some still question the effectivity and longevity of cloud software. These doubts are not based on any factual evidence.

Misconception 1: Unsafe Cloud

In reality, the cloud is just as safe as on-site storage methods. This makes sense, since it serves the interest of the providers of cloud software to keep their merchandise highly secure. In fact, unlike regular companies, cloud software providers have complete IT teams whose sole purpose is to make sure their platform is air-tight and is running smoothly. Nowadays it is not uncommon to see increasing industry standards, security controls, and certifications (like Cloud Security Alliance’s Security, Trust & Assurance registry or the Cloud Control Matrix). This increased online sophistication is further supported by credible cloud providers with securely protected data centers. If anything, cloud platforms provide more safety than their on-premise counterparts.

Misconception 2: The Cloud Does not Support Big Business

It is common to think that cloud systems cannot support the needs of large organizations. In truth, they are perfect for this purpose; even better than on-site storage systems. Cloud software vendors make it a priority to be able to deliver their systems to businesses of all sizes, be it large or small, and to be able to constantly change their provided services based on the current need of their clients. Because of this, cloud software is a perfect fit for all growing organizations. They also take away the need for an expensive capital investment that needs to be maintained—instead they allow you to do what you best.

Misconception 3: Job-stealing Cloud

The cloud has also come under fire for potential losses of jobs. Some worry that the increased prevalence of cloud software might lead to IT workers losing their jobs. In fact, quite the opposite happens. As organizations employ cloud solutions, the need for their understanding and maintenance only increases—this is where IT comes in. While the provider of a cloud service might provide maintenance and customer service, it is integral for an organization to understand the inner workings of the systems they employ and to have a local hands-on presence.

Misconception 4: Non-customizable Cloud

While premise software vendors want you to think that cloud platforms are less customizable than their on-site counterparts, it is the other way around. It is much easier to customize a cloud software to fit the user’s need than it is to customize an on-site data storage system. On top of this, it can also be cheaper. This is due to open APIs, which provide low-cost customization options, including tools that can customize reporting, tables, fields, etc..

Jeremy Ashburn