Those who are not familiar with cloud management oftentimes approach the subject with much trepidation – the misinformation combined with lack of knowledge regarding this method has created many myths of cloud management regarding the security, effectiveness, and capabilities that should be corrected.
Myth #1: The Cloud is Not Secure
This is one of the most propagated myths regarding cloud hosting, especially when it comes to a businesses’ private cloud. Data breaches should always be a concern that you put measures in place to avoid, but in terms of security of the cloud vs private hosting, the true details lie in how its protected, not the platform itself.
A way around this is utilizing managed security hosting, a watchdog tactic that allows for continuous monitoring of your network/infrastructure. Unfortunately, many companies do not have the budget to accommodate a 24/7/365 team to ensure constant surveillance of their systems, and when a security issue does crop up, the cloud platform is often incorrectly blamed. Many companies like Wowrack offer more cost-efficient solutions for security monitoring and remediation and can include comprehensive coverage of general infrastructure access controls, network security, disaster recovery, email, data encryption, compliance, and more.
Myth #2: One-Cloud-Fits-All
To the uninitiated, it might seem like the flexible nature of cloud computing can accommodate any size of business – and while this is correct in a way, a public cloud might not be the correct implementation for all, especially for very large environments where at this point, the costs are usually much higher than just having a purpose built private cloud.
Luckily, there are more options to choose from when selecting a hosting environment:
- Private cloud hosting (a single-tenant environment) can be custom-tailored to your company’s specific needs, even allowing for maintaining QoS infrastructure standards, using hardware vendors that you already trust – which is not possible to do in a public cloud environment and more!
- Hybrid cloud hosting is the perfect choice for businesses who may find benefits in utilizing both public and private cloud, and want to segment their infrastructure between the two. Some companies like Wowrack even allow companies to bring in their own equipment to connect to their public/private cloud via colocation. Wowrack also offers Direct Connect to connect what you have with us (colocation or other cloud solutions) to what you have with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Azure and hundreds of more providers.
- Enterprise dedicated hosting is a great solution for businesses who require a robust dedicated infrastructure that is completely customized to their needs. You should always look for a service that comes with disaster planning, HIPAA/PCI compliance, hyper-convergence and high availability to get your full money’s worth.
Myth #3: Cloud Migration is a Difficult, Frustrating Process
Implementing large changes or new protocols within a business is always a touchy subject, as it is usually associated with disruptions, errors, and difficulty assimilating to the new methods. However, it doesn’t always have to be this way. Utilizing an experienced hosting provider is a much safer way to migrate to the cloud, and will be worth the investment to avoid costly mistakes and complete with minimum downtime. When choosing a company to perform the migration, it’s important that they fully understand your needs so they can build a customized solution and implement it without issues.
Cloud Management – Is it Right for You?
Cloud management is a progressive and safe solution for many businesses, but it is important that you can differentiate the facts from the myths to make the most educated decision possible. Furthermore, your choice of a company to migrate and/or manage your cloud is equally important, as they should perform at the highest level for you to ensure seamless migration and subsequent management for your businesses’ cloud. Schedule a free consultation with Wowrack today to discuss how we can help improve your company through cloud hosting.