Depositphotos_13122523_xsCloud computing has rapidly made it into the mainstream, with a growing majority of organizations in North America and Europe leveraging the technology for a variety of purposes. Many forecasters, such as Gartner, IDC and Forrester, agree that the cloud will soon become the standard foundation of corporate and consumer computing, likely within the next two decades.

Despite how ubiquitous the technology is, the question remains whether all of those using the services, or considering adopting the tools, have a strong understanding of what they entail. This is evidenced by the massive stream of myths and misconceptions that continue to sprout up in conversations among decision-makers in the public and private sectors regarding cloud computing.

Don’t believe everything you hear
One of the fundamental myths surrounding cloud computing is that it is simply insecure, not capable of keeping data or systems safe from hackers or other Web-based threats. In fact, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked this as one of the more common misconceptions facing the sector, while public cloud services seem to be the most concerning to business leaders.

However, as the news provider pointed out, public cloud services are often more secure than in-house, on-premise options, especially considering how much effort and investment has been put into the protection of these environments. Still, this fear remains a significant obstacle in the way of more widespread adoption, and one that will need to be calmed to enter the next era of cloud utilization.

It is important for business leaders to remember that buying into common myths and misconceptions can actually be a financial hindrance, especially considering how important well-informed decision-making is to strategic deployments of technology. Knowing what challenges actually exist in cloud deployments, as well as which are simply not real, will lead to better outcomes.

The rub
Cloud computing, especially when deployed in a comprehensive fashion to overhaul IT capabilities, will take at least a little getting used to when the implementation first begins. Especially when it comes to configuration, delivery and oversight, the cloud is simply different from the specifications of traditional IT systems such as legacy hardware.

However, business owners can often overcome these challenges more fluidly, and be guided on their path toward more progressive use of the services, by tapping the support of a managed service provider. Furthermore, leveraging a local cloud computing company in the Capital Region can have additional benefits to everyday IT management and delivery.

Peter Farley, Vice President

Tech II Business Services, Inc.