Myth 1: You Still don’t know what the cloud is.

Yes you do, most likely. Some of the cloud technologies that the majority of businesses have used at some stage include Facebook and LinkedIn among many others.

Myth 2: I Should make the move to reduce costs.

If you are a business then you will likely be able to save  money, depending on the current and future requirements of your  business, but you need to understand that it’s not all about cutting  costs. There are many other benefits that should not be ignored,  including reliability, scalability, security and remote access.

Myth 3: The public cloud is the cheapest means of obtaining IT services

This may seem like a good idea because you are meant to pay  for what you use and it’s seen as being easy and inexpensive to set up.  But what if we take a closer look? When resources are needed frequently  other models can be more appropriate. This includes shared resources  through a private cloud, which could be more cost-effective since your  core requirements, such as security, performance, and availability, will  be implemented.

Myth 4: My critical applications and the cloud won’t mix

Businesses require more and more from their IT  infrastructure in order to cover the development of their business  models. They want to cut costs, be able to adjust their service levels  and deliver applications at greater speeds. But what is to be done with  applications critical to the running of a business? When choosing a  cloud system it is essential that you outline your needs for transition  and future developments.

Myth 5: It’s unreliable and insecure

If the data isn’t stored on your PC then it’s at risk  because of lack of security and reliability. But wait, no, in actual  fact, if you lose that PC then it really is all the important data lost.  But with cloud the data will be remotely accessible and protected by a  service-level agreement, with strict security protocols in place to keep  it secure.

Myth 6: Productivity will be reduced

No, in actual fact, business owners are able to take  advantage of advanced applications and servers, with support from  experts who will maintain their data through the latest security and  hardware. Data becomes accessible remotely and provides greater access  capabilities, thus working to actually improve productivity.

Myth 7: Virtualization is the first step

Virtualization  can improve the utilization of existing resources and provide greater  flexibility. However, cloud computing has the potential to reduce  overheads and improve infrastructure, providing the ability to reduce  time-consuming tasks and automate workflows without taking this initial  step.

Myth 8: 100 per cent, all the time

Once you get the cloud there will be no worries and  everything will run smoothly and there will be no downtime. But we all  know technology and that it can never be relied upon entirely. With that  in mind you need to make sure that there is a service-level agreement  in place to cover the occurrence of any downtime. And, also, remember to  structure the SLA to a level that makes most sense for your business.  So, if a supplier guarantees 99 per cent uptime be aware that this could  mean your system or application process is unavailable for several  hours a month.

Myth 9: The cloud is too complex

There are different types of systems out there and they  have differing levels of complexity. There are models that simplify  management and require little change of how you do things, while others  offer more control and will lead to further change in application  architecture.

Myth 10: Security is the same for all cloud systems

Not necessarily. There are different types of systems and as a result the levels and types of security will differ. Just think about how businesses have to follow varied  guidelines in order to handle their sensitive data. As a result a  private system may seem like the best solution, but it still has  vulnerabilities if there is an Internet connection. Insider attacks are  also not to be ignored.