Confused about the cloud? You’re not alone. As the cloud evolves and matures, there is a race among cloud service providers (CSPs) to gain mind share – and a share of your wallet. As a result, there is a lot of hype around cloud computing solutions – and not all of it is true. Not to worry – HOSTING has your back. Having provided secure, compliant managed cloud solutions for well over a decade, we’re here to dispel five common cloud myths.
Cloud Myth #1 – The cloud can’t handle critical applications
For some of our customers, migrating to the cloud is a new – and scary endeavor. They often prefer to “get their feet wet” by migrating non-critical data and applications to start. Other customers are under the gun to cut infrastructure costs, streamline IT resources and deliver applications faster. Which often means that they need to migrate critical applications to a secure, compliant cloud environment ASAP.
Fortunately, HOSTING handles both. We configure custom cloud environments that ensure critical applications are secure, compliant and “always on.” Our team of cloud architects have implemented literally hundreds of cloud migrations – without a single rollback. Our white glove approach to cloud migration includes:
- Hardware and software configuration
- Capacity and performance planning
- Workflows and scripts designed to seamlessly migrate data and applications
- A dedicated team of solution architects and support experts that ensures a smooth migration
Cloud Myth #2 – A private cloud is the only way to secure and manage your applications
There are many different types of cloud environments including public, private and hybrid. Yet in light of headline grabbing data breaches, many IT executives believe that storing all their assets in a private cloud will reduce their risk of having them compromised. After all, a private cloud keeps cloud infrastructure on premises, inside company firewalls, and under direct control of the IT team. However, a private cloud isn’t impenetrable. Security breaches are most often caused by internal factors – whether accidental or malicious. And in many cases, the best cloud solution is based on a combination of different cloud environments. Regardless of the type of cloud environment, the proper combination of people, processes and technology are essential to safeguarding data and applications.
HOSTING certified information systems security professionals (CISSPs) provide ongoing visibility into your cloud environment. They diagnose and address any security and performance issues before they impact your business operations.
- Security – regular scanning of networks, operating systems and web applications
- Performance – thorough testing for bandwidth, connectivity, scalability and quality of end-user experience
- Availability – continuous testing and monitoring of business processes, as well as identifying and analyzing performance issues and trends
Cloud Myth #3 – The cloud is the cheapest way to store and manage your data and applications
While the cloud doesn’t always provide cost savings, it can provide cost efficiencies – especially for organizations that have variable demands and workloads. It enables you to switch servers off during lower demand periods to limit idle infrastructure costs. It also allows you to spin up additional resources during peak demand periods such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. An experienced cloud service provider can help you optimize your spend by providing resources, code and end-user performance metrics that allow you to manage your costs. Adopting cloud computing solutions also allows organizations to switch to an operational expenditure (OpEx) model rather than a capital expenditure model, which may benefit their bottom lines.
Cloud Myth #4 – When it comes to compliance, all cloud providers are pretty much the same
Some compliance regulations, such as those prescribed by HIPAA, are often complex and difficult to understand. Which is why so many cloud service providers (CSPs) claim that they are “HIPAA-compliant” or “HIPAA-certified.” The fact is, there is no HIPAA accreditation for cloud service providers. However, HOSTNG has undergone rigorous, independent audits to ensure that our facilities meet compliance regulations as prescribed by HIPAA and PCI DSS. HOSTING also has a dedicated Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) who guides and advises clients on the steps they need to take in order to achieve and maintain compliance. Our compliant hosting services enable organizations to measure, monitor and manage their risk. Having supported more than 400 customer audits, HOSTING is one of the only compliant cloud hosting providers to offer 100% Audit Assurance.
Cloud Myth #5 – IT should offload whatever they can to the cloud
There is no denying that leveraging cloud-based solutions can help organizations realize faster time to market, streamlined business processes and greater cost efficiencies. However, not all applications are a good fit for the cloud. For example, if you are running an old application that was designed to run on dedicated servers, it may be challenging to move it to a cloud environment. Many of those applications are better left on their existing servers, or moved to a hybrid environment that allows them to burst to the cloud when needed.
The cloud may not be right for every aspect of your IT infrastructure. An experienced CSP such as HOSTING can help you determine which of your resources are a good fit for the cloud and create a custom solution for your specific business needs.
Need help separating cloud fact from fiction? HOSTING stands ready to help. Contact us anytime with your questions. And download our complimentary white paper, Leveraging the Unified Cloud for Business Transformation, for more insights.