Many business owners have already adopted the cloud for a variety of reasons. The four most common reasons, and benefits of online backup, being:
1. Need for compliance
2. Inability to maintain an on-site data center
3. Ease of use and implementation
4. Comfort with the level of security provided.
However, some businesses out there (as many as 69% of them, according to IDC) are considering moving their data backup to the cloud, but haven’t done so yet. Some may be avoiding it, because of some cloud backup myths.
Despite all the good reasons for backing up business data online, there are four major myths that still keep businesses from adopting online backup quickly.
Today, January 20th, InfoWorld’s David Linthicum published the article 4 cloud myths that won’t go away. The article includes four very telling anecdotes about why business may avoid online backup and why these reasons are due to go to the way of the do-do.
Myth #1: If I use public clouds, I give up security.
This one is tossed at me about once a day, and I’ve addressed it in this blog many times. The fact is, when you use public clouds, you do not necessarily put data and processes at a security risk. The degree of risk comes down to your planning and the use of the right technologies — just as it does in an on-premises deployment.
Myth #2: Cloud computing will put my job at risk.
Chances are, if you’re worried about the use of some technology taking your job, you’re already at risk. In reality, cloud computing won’t displace many jobs in enterprise IT, but IT roles and responsibilities will change over time.
Myth #3: Cloud computing is an all-or-nothing proposition.
Not really. You can move to cloud-based systems, such as storage and compute services, as needed, both intersystem and intrasystem. Moreover, you can move in a fine-grained manner, shifting only certain system components, such as user interface processing or storage, and leaving the remainder on premises. You do have to consider the co-location of data for data-process-intensive system components.
Myth #4: Cloud computing requires a complete replacement of the enterprise network.
This is true only if your existing network is awful and needs replacement anyway or if you plan to keep most of the data in the cloud, with the data processing occurring within the firewall (a bad architectural call). Other than that, bandwidth is typically not an issue. However, bandwidth does need to be considered and monitored, as it is a core component to the overall business systems that use cloud platforms.
Backing up your business can save you millions of dollars in the long run. Avoiding a cloud backup solution for even your most basic business data, contained on workstations and laptops, your business is at risk. You may be at legal risk by not complying with government regulations, you may be at risk of losing customer information, or simply at risk of losing competitive advantages if important business information is lost. Disaster is surprisingly common. Make it a business practice to backup your data.