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By now we have all heard of cloud computing, but there are so many half-truths, sales pitches and flat out lies regarding the cloud. With all the misinformation out there, how do we know what to believe? Here are the top 5 myths about cloud computing with honest explanations debunking the claims.
Seeing past these myths is critical to make the right decisions about if migrating to a cloud solution is right for your organization.

1. The Cloud is Not Secure – This is probably the most prevalent of all the myths about cloud computing. To put it simply, not all clouds are created the equal. A cloud is only as secure as the team of Engineers who designed and manage it. With that said, having a team experienced Systems Architects and Security Engineers design a highly redundant infrastructure is typically out of the budget for most small to medium size businesses (SMB). The cloud has allowed SMBs to have access to such systems. Pick your cloud vendor wisely, do your research and make sure their data center is SSAE 16 Compliant. This is a good start and you know that their infrastructure has been validated by an independent third party for security and redundancy.

2. The Cloud is the Perfect Solution – Well nothing is perfect. While the cloud can solve many problems and is quickly replacing premise-based computing, it is not without shortcomings. Namely, legacy software. Older versions of software typically do not operate well in the cloud and often require a great deal of manipulation to get working. The cloud is new, and employees are often resistant to change. Even if a new system is better, has more features and costs less, you will not go without your share of complaints.

3. Cloud Computing is a Fad – If you hear this from somebody, they probably have their pager and fax number on their business card.

4. The Cloud is Not Reliable – To go back to my first point, all cloud are not created equal. The design of any cloud is rooted in redundancy, so it is likely more reliable than the average in house server room. The level of reliability is all up to the team behind it, so make sure to do your research first and make sure the cloud service provider maintains a stellar uptime record.

5. The Biggest Benefit of the Cloud is Lower Costs – While there are potentially huge cost savings when moving to the cloud, that is not always the case. The biggest benefits typically are the ease of management, lowered administrative overhead, increased productivity and auto-scaling of systems. The flexibility gained by utilizing the cloud is often the biggest benefit and indirectly can result in a lowering your bottom line.

To sum it up, the cloud is here to stay and is a viable solution for all size businesses. Make sure you get the real story on the costs of the cloud for your organization, migration has costs and can impact productivity, you don’t want a whole new set of problems. Do your homework and understand all your options. A good cloud service provider will ask about your organization objectives and work with you to design a custom solution.

Remember the cloud is not a one-size-fits-all solution. If you are interested in learning more about cloud computing for your organization, call us at 949.631.7000. We help all size organizations move to the cloud. The consultation is free.

Are your IT systems in-house, but you’re wondering if cloud computing can benefit your business?  Here are 8 signs that your organization is ready for the cloud.

1. Monthly Maintenance Costs Getting Out of Control – Is your IT infrastructure taking too much time or costing too much money to keep up? With a cloud solution all these overheads become the responsibility of your IT support company.

2. Aging Systems – Are your systems starting show signs of instability? Is a system crash becoming an all too regular event or are you worried about what would happen if one did happen? Cloud solutions utilize the latest hardware and software, which have built-in redundancy.  This ultra redundant configuration allows for regular system upgrades with no downtime.

3. Disaster Recovery and Preparedness – Are you certain that if your current IT systems failed that your business would survive? Do you have a documented plan of action on how to recover in the event of a disaster or total system failure? Cloud solutions are designed to be highly fault tolerant and globally available.

4. Upgrade Costs are Sky High – Is the price to replace your server so high that you can’t justify the upfront capital expenditure? A cloud solution requires no investment in hardware upfront, you pay monthly for only the services you use.

5. Remote Access and Mobility – Are you in need of remote access to your systems and data? Do you have an existing system that is more of a hassle than it is worth and resulting in lost productivity for your mobile workforce? Cloud solutions were designed from the ground up for remote access and mobility.

6. Backups – Could you use a better backup solution for routine tasks such as file restores and pulling from archives? Do you need a longer retention period or off-site storage for compliance? A cloud solution typically bundles a backup strategy as part of the solution.

7. Security is a Concern – It’s not uncommon for workers to save data to their computers or worse, removable storage devices that get lost. With a cloud solution, the data is securely available from anywhere. There is just no need to keep it anywhere else.

8. Go Green – Instead of having to run a host of servers and services in a climate controlled environment with all the power consumption considerations, your systems are moved to the cloud service provider whose systems will be streamlined and more efficient.

At d2 Business Solutions, we help all size organizations migrate to the cloud.
Interested? Contact us at 949.631.7000. We are happy to discuss your options and the consultation is free.

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Updated August 2016 - Matt Dubois