2018 is already well upon us, and statistically, 80% of our resolutions will have already failed miserably. Whether it was losing weight or learning a new language, chances are it’s not quite gone to plan. There’s no shame in that, priorities may have unexpectedly changed or unforeseen obstacles may have appeared. However, if one of your resolutions was to move to the cloud, then it’s never too late.
The concept of cloud computing can provoke varying responses. Some consumers are all for it, whereas some are dead against it. For those that are against it, we are always interested in understanding your concerns. Sometimes, such worries and concerns may often be unwarranted.
In some cases, the reluctance to move to the cloud can be purely down to a lack of understanding. Let’s face it, most of us are afraid of the unknown. The less you know about something, the less likely you are to put your trust in it.
In today’s blog we will analyze typical anxieties harboring the cloud, and explain how it isn’t as alarming as it is often deemed. By the time you have finished reading, you may even feel that the cloud overcomes your anxieties better than your existing solution does.
So let’s look at some apprehensions people often have:
Data is incredibly valuable, end of story. We keep hearing about situations where big corporate businesses have fallen victim to a security breach and lost copious amounts of data. No one wants this to happen to them, so obviously security is critical and a huge concern.
Research and analysis shows little to no evidence that on-premise data is any less likely to be hacked than cloud-based data. The thing to consider is, security breaches happen irrespective of where the data is stored. This is because most lapses are due to human error. To put this into context, an on-premise servers don’t prevent someone from opening a scam email.
IT staff have enough jobs on their hands already without worrying about around the clock security. What happens if someone forgets to update a server, leaving it vulnerable? Updates can happen automatically and instantaneously on a cloud-based server. This can then free up IT departments to focus on other critical projects and procedures.
Security risks can also be further mitigated using a variety of cloud-based services. Such examples include email and web filtering. This all-inclusive style of security can provide continuous 24/7 monitoring.
Control of data is one of the biggest common fears. With cloud-base storage, you are relying on someone else to look after your data. Understandably, you want to have complete control over your data at all times. The idea of moving data to the cloud raises concerns over who has control and ownership.
If data is stored on an on-site company server, consumers feel satisfied that their IT staff have everything under control. The data is always being watched over carefully, as opposed to being ‘out of sight’.
Moving your data to an offsite data center doesn’t mean you are losing control over it. The only difference that arises is the physical location of your data. The ability to access your data hasn’t changed. You are still in the driver’s seat.
The notion of loss of control when migrating into the cloud is an illusion. Obviously when you sign an agreement with a cloud provider, read the small print. A reputable cloud provider, such as Bang IT will not place any limit on your control, nor places any hurdles between yourself and your data.
One of the biggest concerns of storing data is simply keeping it safe. Consumers often assume that data loss is far less likely to occur on a company server. However, consider an on-premises server located in an office. What makes this offering safer than the cloud in ensuring data is protected?
Imagine for a moment all the factors that could go wrong with said server. Breakdowns, theft, fires, human errors etc. If any of these occur, chances are you may lose some, or worse all, of your data. If this server isn’t backed-up, you’re in trouble!
With the cloud, your precious data can be stored in one or more secure, off-premise data centers. This already eliminates the aforementioned potential risks. Automatic back-up plans can easily be put into place to continuously back up data, so you never need to worry about data loss again.
This all means that you can rest assured that your data is always accessible anytime and from anywhere. Moving to the cloud actually can minimize the potential of critical data loss.
Hopefully some of the above has relieved you of certain concerns. Not only may some of your anxieties have been alleviated, you may also have learned about some of the benefits that the cloud can provide.
With this in mind, your biggest issue may now be all the potential benefits you are currently missing out on by not utilizing everything the cloud has to offer.
If you are wondering how the cloud can enhance your business, then please call 1300 770035 or drop us an email at [email protected]
Thanks for reading,
Bang IT Solutions.
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