5 Misconceptions About Cloud Storage Services

Welcome to the cloud! Cloud computing has become a hot topic in IT circles in recent years. Cloud computing is all about keeping your information, data and files on a secure server in a central location, giving you access from a variety of devices.
Although cloud computing has increased in popularity, many are still wary, and misconceptions exist. Here are 5, and why you and your business shouldn't worry.


My data isn't secure - Let's be honest - your data is never 100% secure. Hackers across the globe spend every waking hour trying to access your information, whether you're on a cloud computing network or a data center within your company. However, the security advantage to a cloud computing solution is the full army of IT security professionals - individuals who are hired to fight hackers in the cloud, but might not be in a small- or medium-sized business budget. You'll have access to security you won't have in-house.

Cloud computing is too expensive - Imagine being able to remove licensing, IT support, and hardware replacement from your small business budget, and spending less time on your IT structure and more time running your business. This is exactly what you get from a cloud computing solution. The cost may be high initially, but as it can replace other expensive resources, you'll find there is a net profit.



If a cloud crashes, my data will be lost - Placing your data in an outside source might be scary at first - and concerns that it will become lost or inaccessible is a valid concern. Many cloud computing solutions have a redundant design, where when a server crashes, another identical one takes its place with no change to workflow. It's like a virtual safety net that gives you access to your files anytime.

There wont' be enough bandwidth in the cloud - Especially large companies might worry that the cloud computing solution they choose might not be able to handle the added stress of their files, but even the largest company isn't a match for the fast processing of the cloud. Unless you're constantly synching large files, whatever bandwidth you throw at your cloud computing solution will be fine.



There are more ways to fail - Many employees will worry that a cloud computing solution has two ways to have a disrupted workflow: through the cloud-based solution and through the internet provider. The reality is that companies choosing cloud-based solutions should be more worried about their own network and internet provider than their cloud. Many cloud companies boast a near 100% uptime, which is even better than a self-hosted network. An added bonus to a cloud computing solution? If your network or internet connection goes out, you can still access all your files from a remote location, which lets you keep working.



Like anything else, it's best to shop around for your cloud computing service before you sign on the doted line. Check your contract for ownership rights, downtime, and get some referrals from customers of the services before you do a full installation for your company.


About the author: Over the past 10 years, Marty Reardon has provided excellent coverage of the tech industry. When he’s not writing, you can find Marty reviewing storage in Aurora, Il. He also reviews storage sites like www.nextdoorselfstorage.com.


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