The word “cloud” is a term that has been dominating the tech world over the past few years. In the simplest terms, cloud computing is storing and accessing data/programs over the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The demand for cloud computing has been growing significantly over the past few years, with Gartner estimating the cloud services market to grow 18% in 2017 to a whopping $247 billion. We will see the highest growth from businesses moving their traditional IT infrastructure to the cloud with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – projected to grow 37% to reach $35 billion. Cloud computing is here to stay, but despite that, many firms are still wary about using the cloud. Here are the top 5 cloud myths we want to debunk so that you can be more confident with putting your business in the cloud.
While many businesses initially state that their reason for moving to the cloud is to save money on physical servers, in-house IT resources and maintenance, Gartner’s CIO Agenda survey shows that costs savings account for only 14% of the reasons organizations use the cloud. Saving money is great, but it’s not the only reason businesses love the cloud.
No one can deny the fact that cloud computing has revolutionized the way we work. The global market for cloud computing is growing at an enormous pace. In fact, the cloud market is growing 28% a year and it is worth at least $110 billion. There’s no denying the cloud is here to stay and if you don’t adapt, you’ll get left behind.
Although the cloud is perceived as less secure than on-premises servers, it is in fact the opposite that is true. The cloud has seen minimal security breaches compared to on-premises servers. On-premises servers suffer greatly at the hands of human error when updates and patches are not applied, unsecure software is installed, or general best practices are not met. The cloud is rigorously updated and constantly monitored to ensure security. In fact, Microsoft Azure Cloud is the most secure and compliant cloud provider in the world, allowing businesses to be 100% confident in the security of their data.
While it is true that 80% of the Fortune 500 companies use the Microsoft Cloud, many Small and Mid-size businesses should consider moving to the cloud as it can provide significant savings, better collaboration, increased flexibility (work anywhere/anytime), and greater integration. Bigger is not always better when it comes to cloud computing, so no matter how big or small, the Microsoft Azure Cloud is the cloud solution to help you move faster and achieve more.
Just because you’re not a tech firm doesn’t mean you don’t need the cloud. If you use email, documents, spread sheets, social media, or smart phones, you are using some form of the cloud. Cloud computing is used by businesses – big or small. Adopting some or all the cloud for your business can give you amazing benefits, from more secure servers to the ability to work from anywhere to lower operating expenses. The way you do business is changing and the cloud is here to stay. Make the switch now or get left behind.Let 360 Visibility show you how easily you can start using the Microsoft Azure Cloud in your business.