Enterprises are achieving new levels of innovation and productivity thanks to the benefits of cloud solutions. From reduced costs to increased agility and scalability, implementing cloud solutions allows companies to improve the customer experience and disrupt their business processes. Unfortunately, despite clear advantages to migration, cloud myths persist surrounding a few key areas:
The cloud is not as secure as a legacy system. In some cases, enterprises delay cloud adoption because they’ve assumed that data stored in a cloud server couldn’t possibly be as secure as data stored on hardware right on-premises. While security is certainly a priority for any business organization, and the cloud provider’s security policies should be carefully examined before signing, enterprises should not avoid cloud solutions due to security concerns.
Cloud providers are able to prioritize security to a level that would be impossible for an on-site system. From 24/7 monitoring to the armed guards patrolling data centers, cloud providers are investing more in security than any single enterprise can. Cloud providers also assist IT teams with meeting the requirements of guidelines from General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from the European Union, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Payment Card Industry (PCI).
In a public cloud setting, the data is commingled. One of the common cloud myths is that if you invest in a public cloud, your data is dumped into a shared data lake, and everyone accessing the cloud service can also access your data. In addition, enterprises fear that if a data breach impacts one company in the public cloud, all companies are compromised.
Neither of these concerns has any truth behind them. Data is not lumped together but instead is only accessible to the appropriate enterprise. The software architecture is constructed so that you not only have access to only your own data, but it is also not affected if one of your co-tenants suffers a data breach.
Cloud technology is eliminating IT roles. Rather than replacing IT jobs, cloud technology invites more innovation, more productivity, and better roles for IT. While IT professionals may need to learn new skills as cloud solutions expand in the enterprise, this is inherent in technology fields and was a factor long before the cloud era.
More than any other change, IT is taking a central role in driving business objectives for the enterprise. Rather than working to simply keep the lights on, IT is sitting at the table with the board of directors, determining how technology will equip the company to outpace its competition with a superior customer experience or improved processes.
Are there reservations that are keeping your company from moving forward with a cloud migration? Let Clarksys help you sort cloud myths from fact and determine the right technology path for your enterprise. Contact us today to get started.
February 4, 2019