The 5 Biggest Misconceptions Of Cloud Services

by admin on June 21, 2013

Cloud services are revolutionizing the way in which users harness the power of the Internet for storage, productivity, collaboration and more. With the relatively new nature of the technology, there are plenty of misconceptions about cloud services to be found. These five misconceptions are not only popular but also easily dismissed with a little research.

  1. Cloud services are only cost effective for large businesses

While custom-developed services or large-scale cloud services can be pricey, there are plenty of affordable ways for small businesses and independent contractors to utilize the power of cloud computing. From cloud-based accounting software and project management tools to data storage and video hosting, there are a number of cloud services available to fit a variety of needs. Many services will offer a reduced-fee introductory period or free trial to allow you to find the best cloud services for your business. For small businesses, many cloud services offer full-featured accounts with user limitations that allow you to enjoy the benefits of cloud services at no cost at all.

  1. Cloud services are complicated to set up

Cloud service feature pages can be filled with intimidating jargon. While it is possible to create incredibly complex cloud service installations, many times the process is as simple as loading a website, supplying account credentials and configuring the interface to your liking. Advanced options can often be configured with the help of the company’s support teams should they be needed. If you are unsure of your ability to implement a cloud service for your business, a quick phone call to support will not only clear up any concerns you might have but give you a good idea of how things might proceed should you encounter an issue with your service.

  1. Cloud providers have access to all of your business information

While practices differ between service type and provider, in most cases your data and sensitive business information, such as payment information or client contact information, are encrypted. While the top-tier engineers or administrators may have access to the devices on which your data is stored, they often do not have access to encryption keys or other items that would allow access to your data. In many cases, extensive storage cleaning and other practices are in place to ensure that any time the storage hardware is reassigned or you end service with a provider that your data is irretrievably erased from all devices and memory.

  1. Cloud services will always save your business money

As with any business decisions, choosing the best cloud services is often a matter of ROI. Whether you are freeing up hours in your day to focus on other tasks, providing easy access to projects and CRM data to your employees or simply looking for a reliable way to store large quantities of data, cloud services have a number of benefits. However, with the immaturity of the market, the prices on these services can vary drastically from provider to provider. When looking for a service, do not hesitate to check with other providers, compare you options or try to work out a deal with the provider for additional savings. This will help you to avoid excessive costs while allowing your business to benefit from cloud services.

  1. Cloud services are completely secure and always reliable

While cloud services are not the hacker’s paradise that many make them out to be, they are also not impenetrable. For maximum security, use a service provider that uses dedicated hardware for each client, uses SSL encryption for all connections, requires multi-factor authentication and regularly clears all memory of sensitive data during maintenance. With these practices in place, your data is virtually as safe as it would be sitting on a server or computer in your office. You should also consider alternative data backup routines for sensitive data. In the event of a loss of data or if you are unable to access your services, you can fall back to the alternate backup and continue as usual with your business.

When operating on cloud based servers you can sometimes run into unforeseen problems when trying to do advanced operations like web conferencing, virtual events, or other more robust tasks. Just like any other task, these can be susceptible to hackers and other malicious viruses.

Stephan Jukic is a freelance writer who generally covers a variety of subjects relating to the latest changes in white hat SEO, mobile technology, marketing tech and digital security. He also loves to read and write about location-free business, portable business management and finance. When not busy writing or consulting on technology and digital security, he spends his days enjoying life’s adventures either in Canada or Mexico, where he spends part of the year. Connect with Stephan on LinkedIn.

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