What is the cloud?
The cloud has been around for years now, but it is still a nebulous concept. Here, we breakdown some common misconceptions and myths.
The Cloud is in the Sky
Actually, it's not.
When you think of cloud, you immediately think fluffy, white clouds floating in the sky. This isn't the case at all, but the concept of "being out there" is true. Your data is out there, somewhere. Lots of somewheres. Information is stored across multiple data centers that deliver the requested information through the Internet.
An example of this is Netflix. Netflix is a service that uses the Internet to work. It pulls from a database of movies and television shows for you to watch. Another example is Google Drive or Microsoft One Drive. These interfaces allow team collaboration on files, allowing the files to be accessible from anywhere that has the correct permissions and an Internet connection.
The Cloud Isn't Secure
It's just as secure as traditional IT solutions with shared responsibility.
Many cloud providers with robust security are held accountable in terms of regulation compliance with HIPAA, HITECH, GDPR, PCI-DSS, and IRS 1075. Auditing and SOC 1, SOC, 2, and SOC 3 reports evaluate the system for security, privacy, processing integrity, etc. Data is redundant and stored in different data centers across the world in case of a natural disaster.
Cloud Solutions are For Everyone
Yes and no.
Cloud solutions can be implemented anywhere from small-businesses to enterprise level with the ability to scale up and down according to business needs and growth. Many businesses utilize a hybrid cloud which is a combination of public, private, and dedicated infrastructure. A cloud solutions provider like Bedrock Cloud can evaluate the best cloud architecture for your business.
The Cloud is Cheaper
It can definitely be a cost-efficient option, depending on your business.
Sometimes, businesses can lose track of usage fees in the pay-as-you-go model for cloud. Also, thinking a cloud solution will be mapped out like your legacy hardware isn't the case. There is an evaluation of current infrastructure and planning the migration to cloud that needs to be addressed to ensure an ultimate cost-savings.
Migrating to the Cloud is Difficult
Cleaning up current architecture and having a dedicated project manager can make the move simple. With a Cloud Solutions Provider like Bedrock Cloud, we can phase out current architecture and implement new systems with minimal, if any, downtime. The web interfaces to configure the system are easy-to-use and, along with our partners, we can assist in staff adoption and training.
The Cloud Runs Itself
It still needs that human touch.
Automation is key to streaming your business and increasing productivity, which is why the adoption of cloud is growing at an increasing rate. You still need people with expertise and understanding how to manage the tools. Bedrock Cloud can help with that, so that you can focus on what you do best.