Do You Have Your Head in the Cloud?

Three common myths about Cloud computing debunked

By: Christopher Hegg

The “Cloud” has become a major buzzword of our times, but is it really all just a lot of hype? Most certainly not, as you’ll find out by dispelling some of the common myths around Cloud computing.

In fact, most people use Cloud computing on a daily basis already. Whether it’s writing documents in the Web-based Google Docs, sending and receiving emails or synchronizing your files with Microsoft OneDrive, all of these activities are types of Cloud computing.
However, there are some common concerns that need to be laid to rest, particularly in the case of businesses thinking of migrating to the Cloud.

1/ Data stored online is not secure
One of the most common concerns regarding Cloud computing is a lack of security, and high-profile cases, such as the 2014 celebrity photo hacks, haven’t exactly helped the Cloud’s reputation for poor security. However, the reality is somewhat different. Storing your data only on local hardware resources is actually less secure than almost any reputable Cloud storage facility. After all, Cloud storage systems have enterprise-grade security systems in place and huge teams of people dedicated solely to maintaining them. Since data stored on the Cloud is often stored in multiple physical locations, it’s also less likely to be lost due to a hardware failure.

2/ The Cloud is expensive
While it is true that some software-as-a-service solutions work out a lot more expensive than one-off purchases for software installed locally, the Cloud is usually cheaper due to its scalability. In fact, the lower cost of Cloud computing is one of the primary reasons that many businesses are migrating many of their IT operations to the Cloud. Because it is scalable in nature, you only pay for the resources you actually need, and there are many free Cloud services, as well, such as Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. Cloud computing reduces the need for buying and maintaining expensive local computing resources.

3/ Users have less control
The Cloud is flexible and scalable, and it is a complete myth, albeit a common one, that migrating to the Cloud leaves you with much less control over your computing resources. The only requirement is to have an adequately fast and reliable Internet connection, but other than that, you will normally have complete control and unrestricted access to your data and remote software and hardware resources. For the most part, Cloud computing is more flexible than using an in-house server, since you’ll always have access to the latest technology. Most importantly, you’ll be able to use your Cloud resources from absolutely anywhere where you have Internet access.

Final words
Like it or not, Cloud computing is here to stay, and more than half of all businesses around the world now consider it a critical part of their operations. With the integration of Microsoft OneDrive in newer versions of Windows, Cloud computing has become even more important for home users, as well. In other words, the Cloud is certainly not just a fad; it’s a concept dating all the way back in the ‘60s that has since become truly mainstream.

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