The cloud has become the driving force behind digital transformation for organizations of all sizes and in all sectors. Despite the widespread adoption of cloud services, many still have reservations about this emerging technology and its potential to cause issues for its users.
Let’s explore some of the most common arguments against the use of cloud computing and dispel these rumors:
Myth #1: The cloud isn’t secure enough.
Cloud security has long been a concern among prospective adopters and users alike. According to RightScale, 81 percent of enterprises and 72 percent of SMBs are still finding it a challenge to tackle the security of their cloud environments. It’s easy to see where these worries originate: in a traditional IT setup, administrators know exactly where their data is at all times since it’s housed in an on-premises data center. Many hesitate to move their resources to the cloud due to the security risks; however, your cloud host should offer some explanation about the level of protection they offer for your data storage.
With so many high-profile cloud breaches making headlines in recent years, the security of cloud environments has come into question even more. However, as these concerns have grown, cloud vendors have evolved their security strategies to alleviate any issues that may arise. Cloud providers have entire teams of security professionals who are there to assist you. Vendors also use encryption techniques to ensure that prying eyes can’t access your sensitive data.
Just remember that the cloud relies on a shared responsibility model, so your organization will need to bear some of the security burden. Implementing your own strategies will make your cloud environment even more robust in the face of potential security threats.
Myth #2: There are too many potential technical issues.
Many prospective cloud adopters lament the technical issues that can arise and bring their entire organizations to a halt. As much as vendors promise uptime, there is no way for them to guarantee that their services will be available 24/7 every day of the year. In June 2019 alone, cloud outages affected some of the biggest companies on the web. The incident left users on sites like Amazon, Google, and Reddit without access to the sites. What’s more, the companies themselves saw their most vital business processes go down until their cloud services came back online.
Unfortunately, these situations are inevitable, so you’ll need to plan accordingly. When first signing up with a cloud vendor, you should look at your Service Level Agreement and determine how much uptime they promise. 99.9 percent uptime is ideal, but it’s better if they guarantee even more. Even .1 percent of downtime will set you back as much as eight hours every year.
Thankfully, you can minimize the effects of cloud downtime. For instance, you should consider working with a vendor that has deployments in more than one region. This provides better failover in case one deployment goes down. You should also employ a thorough disaster recovery plan that ensures as high availability as possible. Identify your recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives, and build a cloud strategy that will help you meet them in case of outages.
Myth #3: We will get stuck with our vendor.
It’s still fairly difficult for cloud tenants to migrate between providers, so fears about vendor lock-in are deterring many organizations from adopting the cloud. From stringent contracts to difficulties with cross-platform configuration, numerous elements can contribute to vendor lock-in. Fortunately, there are still steps that you can take to make your organization less dependent on a single vendor for all your cloud needs.
Your work must begin long before you sign a cloud contract. Look closely at different vendors and evaluate their offerings to determine whether they could cause migration issues in the future. You should also read through each provider’s exit terms to see if and how they will assist you with migration.
Vendor lock-in will also be less of a concern if you diversify your cloud portfolio from the very beginning. Many businesses leverage a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy to keep themselves from relying too heavily on a single provider. This type of cloud architecture will give you far more flexibility when looking to make changes to your cloud environment.
Myth #4: We aren’t ready for that kind of change.
Migrating to the cloud is a massive undertaking—one that will ask your organization to undergo fundamental changes to its IT solutions, business processes, and much more. Like many wary adopters before you, you may feel unready to face these changes head on. With a thorough cloud migration plan in place, you will be prepared to make the changes necessary to set up your business for the future.
To this end, your migration plan should involve thorough change management processes. Getting your team on board with upcoming changes will make the entire migration seem less daunting and help them feel more confident in this new environment. Start by providing training to help your employees learn how to use your new cloud platform. Motivation and education will get them excited about the changes that the cloud will bring rather than fearful of what’s to come.