Misconception #1: Cost savings are the biggest advantage of the cloud
A cloud presence
provide some cost savings, but it’s by no means guaranteed; and, it’s far from the biggest advantage. Instead, the real advantages of cloud computing are increased business agility, faster time to market, and a richer customer experience.
Misconception #2: One size fits all
Cloud computing is not based off of a general “cloud” reference architecture – your cloud presence should be a unique reflection of your stated business and investment goals.
Clouds come in all shapes and sizes: on-prem, third-party hosted,
, which may encompass elements of all these approaches. The result is a constantly evolving array of technologies, services and capabilities from which to choose. And because every business requires its own cloud approach, it’s important to focus on defining your business needs first.
Misconception #3: The cloud is a standalone solution
Some organizations perceive the cloud myopically as this separate entity with a specific set of workloads and functions – business continuity, test development, customer-facing Internet solutions, and so forth. But by managing the cloud in that restrictive fashion, you miss out on the greater potential of integrating the public cloud and on-prem systems for a true hybrid scenario that provides agility, prevents vendor lock-in, and lets you grow as an organization.
Misconception #4: The cloud is not secure
This is perhaps the biggest misunderstanding. In fact, public cloud environments today are compliant across every
security and privacy framework
. Cloud providers now have some of the most talented security personnel available focused on pushing the leading edge of monitoring and advanced threat protection, 24/7/365.
Misconception #5: The cloud’s too complex – lose control and you’re stuck
While it’s true that cloud technologies might appear to be highly complex, with countless options for what shape your cloud presence can take, that’s actually a good thing: it means you have lots of choices for creating a customized solution that is unique to your organization.
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