The public cloud service market is growing. Software, infrastructure, desktop, and other service numbers are all on the rise. Yet many are still holding back from migrating to the cloud. This article addresses common resistance to this highly scalable and cost-effective solution.
#1 Fear of Losing Control
“I want full responsibility for my IT.” Moving to the public cloud means partnering with a vendor. Some of your existing technology can move as is, whereas other tools you rely on may need replacement or redesign.
One solution is to migrate to a private cloud. This allows you to continue to control the data environment but will be a more costly solution than a public alternative. When partnering with a public cloud service provider, establish clear responsibilities. Ensure you’re both on the same page about who is accountable for what.
#2 Fear of Change
“If it ain’t broke, why fix it,” especially when it comes to home computing, right? Transitioning from one way of doing things to another requires preparation and effort.
Yet the resulting greater flexibility makes the work worthwhile. Cloud migration is appealing because the technology offers, among other things:
- increased effectiveness;
- faster implementation;
- disaster recovery.
The cloud allows you to store data, run applications, deliver content, and more – all online. You don’t have to invest in the hardware or networking tech on-site.
#3 Fear for Data Security
Any downtime for a data breach can cost you heartache, time and money. And that’s only the beginning. So, you don't want to move to a solution that expands your vulnerability to attack.
There are two ways to get attacked: digital or physical. Working with a cloud provider, you gain a partner focused on security. They know the mitigations and countermeasures for cloud-computing-specific capabilities. They know the frameworks, architectures, and approaches to best protect against digital attack. Microsoft spends $1 billion annually safeguarding Azure, its cloud offering, from cyberattack. Can your IT budget compete?
As for physical security, cloud datacenters are secure facilities: we’re talking guards with keycards, fenced perimeters, power backups, and server redundancy. They have the works. Your physical location is, most likely, less secure.
The cloud also provides end users with immediate access from almost any device.