Three Myths About Cloud Computing

October 10th, 2012


When you think of cloud computing what do you think of? Do you think it’s a temporary fad, a risky move for businesses, and it’s really expensive? These are some of the most common myths about cloud computing. We will explore these myths a little further below.

Myth: Cloud Computing Is a Fad

Many computer users think that cloud computing is just the hottest fad and that its level of popularity will ultimately plummet. However, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. In particular, some of the most popular tech services offered to consumers today are examples of cloud computing. Gmail, iTunes, Amazon, and eBay are some good examples. Then there are online banking sites and discount travel sites. Every one of these offerings are powered by the cloud, and consumers are flocking to all of them.

Myth: The Cloud Is Risky

Others worry their data is more susceptible to attack when they store it in the cloud. Actually, though, the cloud can be a more secure place for data. Yes, there have been high-profile outages, for instance one that not too long ago hit Amazon Web Services. However, when compared to those businesses and individuals that store data in more than one location in the cloud, the chances of losing information are in fact lower than if these same users stored data on their own hard drives and backup discs. And when it comes to business continuity and disaster recovery planning, cloud options can make perfect sense - especially in the case of physical catastrophe that could wipe out traditional onsite methods of backup protection.  In our area that includes such unsavory culprits as tornadoes or fire.

Myth: Cloud Computing Is Costly

As it is a service an organization might not have been previously paying for, companies will often pay more upfront. Just how much obviously depends upon who they are getting cloud services from. However, businesses that use the cloud can save a lot of money in labor and IT costs. Ultimately, companies that make use of the cloud save money.