Facing the Five Top Cloud Computing Fears

The public cloud service market is growing. Software, infrastructure, desktop, and other service numbers are all on the rise. Yet some businesses 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 your people 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 business computing, right? Transitioning from one datacenter 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:

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Getting on Top of the Cloud

Cloud technology should be an advantage, not a hindrance. Despite
this, many firms are suffering from sky-high cloud resource management costs.
What’s worse? These costs are unnecessary. With a strong cloud resource
management strategy, your firm could save a significant sum.

Cloud Data Security

to industry experts, the average business spends 35% more than it should on
cloud management. Indeed, annual wastage for AWS services is said to total $6.4
billion. Add Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform services into the mix,
and this total could easily exceed $10 billion.

Thanks to
increasingly granular payment plans, firms are free to rein in their cloud
management costs. While companies such as RightScale, Spiceworks, and Cloudyn
provide excellent cost management tools, there are also a series of cost-free
measures that could help you tame the beast.

To ensure that your cloud activity is profitable, we’ve collected
our top 5 tips for cloud cost management:

1. Choose a cheaper region

Your cloud provider will have suggested a cloud region that allows
you to store your important resources close to home. Reportedly, 13% of all
cloud use is conducted in regions that have cheaper alternatives nearby.

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Remote IT Will Create Tech That Works for You

Cloud technology
has grown to new heights in recent years. Ten years ago 'the cloud' was jargon
almost nobody was aware of, today it is a phrase used almost daily in offices
worldwide.  More and more businesses today are taking advantage of the huge
benefits cloud services have to offer.

The sudden and widespread adoption of this new technology has raised questions too.  Some want to fully understand what the cloud is before committing their vital company data to it.  Most want to find out what the cloud can do for them. Everyone wants to know, is it safe?

More businesses are taking advantage of the huge benefits cloud services have to offer.

What Is The Cloud?

The Cloud is an
abstract name for an engineering principle that allows you to store, retrieve,
and work on your data without worrying about the specifics of precisely where
or how it is kept.  Storing your data on the cloud essentially means saving it
on a server without worrying about the fine details.

Your data may be
stored on a single computer, or distributed across multiple servers all around
the world.  Most often it's stored across one or more data centers as close as
possible to your physical location.

From the
perspective of the end user, the big idea behind the cloud is that where data
is stored ultimately doesn't matter to you.  Your cloud server takes care of
retrieving your data as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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What is the Best Way to Backup?

“That will never happen to me.” We get through our lives telling ourselves the worst won’t happen to us. It’s the same with business: “We won’t need this data backup.” Yet, whatever your industry, secure, reliable backup ensures business as usual. So, what’s the best way to backup? Here’s help.

What is the best way to backup?

Why You Need to Backup

  1. Business
    disruptions of any kind can be costly. The disaster might take one of several
  2. Natural (e.g.
    wildfires, floods, earthquakes, or hurricanes)
  3. On-site (e.g.
    hardware/software failure, power outage, inability to access building)
  4. Employee
    driven (e.g. damaging mistakes or intentional sabotage by a disgruntled
  5. Cyber-attack
    (e.g. data breach, ransomware, or distributed denial of service attack).  

the best backup solution can help reduce downtime and damage. 

Plan B: Approaches to Backup

There are
several off-the-shelf backup options your business can use. Let’s consider the
pros and cons of the most popular ones.  

USB Thumb Drives — Also known as
“flash drives,” “pen drives,” or “memory sticks,” these thumb-sized devices are
compact and portable. But, they have size limitations compared to hard drives.
Also, the mobility makes them easy to lose (which can actually set the disaster
scenario in motion).  

a USB thumb drive is robust when not plugged in, but more vulnerable when
attached. If someone inadvertently snaps the drive or employs too much force,
they can put the data on that backup at risk.

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