THE TOP 8 MYTHS OF CLOUD COMPUTING!

Cloud computing and adoption is growing at a very faster rate across the globe. Despite the quick fitting of cloud computing and its positive effects on business and the changing mindset of organizations, there are still a few concerns, myths and fabrications that are creating a sense of risk among organizations.

From agility to cost savings, cloud adoption confers a lot of advantages, but, it is also difficult perceiving the fabrications that have grown up about the move. This objective of this article is to bust some of the myths around cloud adoption and make it more certain that the move to cloud is easy and less threatening.

Security is the biggest risk in Cloud:

Safety efforts utilized by the renowned cloud service providers are constantly better than their customers. Service providers have the assets and the abilities to stay up with the latest. Cloud computing is perceived as less secure, but till date, there have been very few security ruptures in the public cloud.

Cloud requires more IT management:

Cloud computing might require a little more management initially, as the applications are migrated to cloud. Once the migration is done, the IT team is free from managing the software and hardware and data protection. As a matter of fact, every application migrated to cloud is a reduction in maintenance costs and management overhead.

Converting to any form of cloud can be quite expensive:

The cost involved around cloud adoption is the biggest concern among organizations. The key is to start incrementally. Starting by moving one or small workloads initially followed by heavier or mission critical workloads to the cloud platform. Once an organization fully embraces cloud, it gets benefited in many forms such as lowering of IT costs, more flexibility and agility.

Data cannot be controlled in the cloud:

Many organizations fear the loss of control of their data, since it is in the cloud. The common falsehood that exists among them is that they lose freedom over the data in cloud that in on-premise / on-site server storage. But the truth is the opposite is true. In fact, in cloud computing, businesses can access and work on their data securely from wherever they want and whenever they want.

Cost of cloud migration outweighs the underlying benefits:

A common misconception among organizations is that the challenges and cost involved in cloud adoption out shadows the benefits. However many cloud service providers offer a fairly simple transition process that makes it easy for organizations interested in cloud services simplify cloud adoption and to realize its benefits.

Cloud is unreliable:

Every on-premise system will experience downtime. However in cloud computing, the data is not only confined to one location. The data is backed up in real time in many data centers. Even if the worst should happen, all the files and applications are safe and ready to be used with less to no downtime.

Changes and updates are difficult in cloud

Cloud infrastructure isn’t deployed at the organization’s physical location, but rather users access all applications and data using the Internet. In a traditional on-site network, when an application or update is installed, every workstation and server has to be manually accessed. Cloud computing allows making changes efficiently, to a large number of workstations and users.

Cloud computing is not for mission critical use:

When cloud computing is being adopted in steps it is not at all surprising that early use cases are mainly not for mission critical systems. However different organizations have progressed beyond this. Many enterprises have been “born in the cloud” and run their businesses completely in the cloud.

In conclusion, by automating everything from request to deployment and configuration, cloud computing will bring value to the business. It will do as such all over the stack, everywhere throughout the entire infrastructure. Don’t let the myths keep you away from an innovative business solution. Request a consultation with our cloud specialist to discuss cloud computing solutions for your business, and to ask any questions you may have.

CONSIDERING A DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN? THINK CLOUD!

Disasters are unpredictable. It can be cyber-attacks, equipment failures, natural disasters, simple power outages, human errors, security vulnerabilities or anything that can cause risks to operations. Disaster recovery is an integral part of every business’s IT strategy and is becoming common nowadays because of the increase in the number of threats and mishaps. Thus, all businesses are always prepared with disaster recovery to ensure uninterrupted business and seamless customer experience.

Is yours?

If you are looking for a DR and stuck on which option to choose, you might want to tag along with me. This post is going to throw some light on why cloud DR is better than all the other options.

First, let’s look at how disaster recovery used to be done i.e., in on-premise disaster recovery.

Traditional disaster recovery entails facilities and real estate to house the infrastructure which stores the duplicate of the data. This setup enables resuming of business quickly in the event of a disaster by switching to the backup.

Traditional DR needs the following to be provided-

  1. Management and security personnel for the facilities
  2. Servers with the capacity to store all data and scale accordingly when needed
  3. Support staff for maintaining the infrastructure
  4. Internet connectivity with enough bandwidth to power your applications
  5. Network infrastructures such as firewalls, routers, switches, and load balancers

This will definitely cost a fortune. Moreover, it will be of use only if any calamities occur. So why invest so much money on something that might not be used at all?

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Now, let’s discuss why everyone is including cloud into their disaster recovery plan and why you should do the same.-

  • Many options on where to back up your data

Let’s pretend that your company headquarters is in Japan. You have successfully built a data center and are now looking for a suitable place to back up your data on the cloud. You have many options to consider and you conveniently choose another city in the same country as your customers are nearby.

Later, unfortunately, during a natural calamity, both your data center and backup are destroyed. It is impossible not to wonder what the purpose of having a backup was.

If you used another cloud DR, you could easily backup in their center somewhere far away from your primary data center to make sure that your backup is secure. You can also backup in different locations simultaneously to be on the safer side.

This is one of the benefits offered by the cloud. You will have many options to house your backup and this will increase the chances of your business functioning without any problems owing to high resiliency.

  • Easily implemented with high reliability

Let us continue with the same example. Your company headquarters is in Japan and due to a natural calamity, your data center there has gone down. As you are using cloud DR, all you have to do is deploy a cloud storage solution or tier your backup with a longer-term data storage solution. This is very different from how DR is done in traditional on-premise setups where you will have to transport and restore the backup with tapes.

Thus, when using the cloud DR, you can access all of your data through the internet more quickly and easily.

  • Data is secure

There are rumors going around about cloud being insecure and prone to compromise privacy. However, it has been proven fake over time. Besides that, as a guideline, cloud needs to meet many compliance and regulations. You will certainly get a defined SLA and best guidance to setup your disaster recovery site.

  • Saves money

Setting up another server, routers, switches, etc., for on-premise data storage and functioning is a costly affair. Unlike traditional DR,  you have to pay only when used in cloud DR and it would amount to a fraction of what you will spend to build and maintain duplicate data centers.

With cloud, you only have to pay for what you use and it is cost-effective when compared to on-premise DR.

  •   Scalability

Another advantage of cloud DR is that you can easily accommodate your data as your business grows without any issues. This is really different from the traditional scenario where you cannot scale according to demand and have to buy another server for your needs.

  • Shorter recovery time

A lot of IT professionals have reported facing more outages causing downtime and negatively impacting businesses. According to Statista, 24% of the firms around the world lose around $400,000 for every hour of downtime. A study conducted by Databarracks in 2017 has reported that out of 400 IT decision makers, 46% experienced more than four hours of IT-related downtime over 12 months. It sums up to a huge amount.

Cloud DR has shorter RTO when compared to on-premise DR. With cloud DR, you can typically start working again quickly, usually by 15 minutes or so, depending on the speed of the internet. This is way better than on-premise DR which takes hours.

Conclusion

All businesses are vulnerable to IT disasters. The number of competition in all the fields are increasing and during a crucial point like this, it is unacceptable to lose clients because of something that is preventable. Get an IT Disaster recovery plan as soon as possible and secure your business.

Redington Cloud Solutions can be your trusted partner in your cloud disaster recovery journey. We ensure shorter RTO and no break in business continuity. With our multi-cloud managed service and skilled as well as experienced team, we together can build, manage and monitor your IT infrastructure impeccably.

Talk to our cloud experts now to revitalize your business with the amazing benefits cloud has to offer.

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