So you’re thinking about migrating your business IT to the cloud, but you’ve heard that it can be a risky proposition. This may be especially in Alaska, where it seems the Internet has had connectivity challenges over the past several years. Sure, early adopters may have run into a few snags, and there are plenty of do-it-yourselfers out there that have undoubtedly gotten in over their heads.
Many of the mythical risks of cloud computing are simply ghosts from the past. The Alaska Business Monthly has shared some examples of the myths surrounding the cloud:
1. Cloud computing isn’t as secure as my in-house data center.
Then why are 94 percent of organizations running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service in the cloud? (Rightscale 2014 survey) As IT Business Edge puts it: “The cloud offers safeguards that traditional solutions do not. With cloud-based services, additional layers of protection are not only available – they are a priority for top providers. To succeed in the cloud market, security is paramount. Vendors know they need to provide trusted and secure cloud services to their customers.”
2. My customers are based in Alaska. Local is faster.
When your customer accesses your website, the data request is usually routed to the lower 48 where the handoff is made before being sent back up. Then, the data response from your server heads back down before arriving at your customer’s computer. This double round trip is made every time you load a webpage. The irony: by placing your servers in the Lower 48, they could be twice as fast as having the servers in Alaska.
3. Internet connectivity between Alaska and the Lower 48 is unreliable.
There are four distinct fiber pathways between Alaska and the Pacific Northwest and not a single point of failure that would affect all four. If one goes down, the next one picks up the transmission. Connectivity is reliable now and will only get better.
4. Data migration is fraught with peril – data is sure to be lost.
Whether you are transitioning all or part of your company’s data, applications, and services from on-site to the cloud, your provider will be using tools that will seamlessly migrate your data to their servers.
5. In the cloud, I lose control over my enterprise data and my IT infrastructure.
Actually, you’ll gain greater control over your data and your infrastructure when it’s hosted by an MSP, either in the cloud or on their systems because making changes are as simple as making a request of your provider. When you have experts doing the work on your behalf, contracted under Service Level Agreements, you get more control over your IT.
Sometimes it takes a while for technologies to shed what might have been valid first impressions that have turned to myth over time as the technologies mature. This dynamic is certainly true for cloud computing in Alaska. The fact is cloud computing is just as safe and reliable here as it is anywhere else and the benefits are identical:
- Cost Efficiency – eliminates the capital expense (CAPEX) associated with developing and maintaining the server infrastructure.
- Convenience and continuous availability – easy access from anywhere; easy collaboration; guaranteed service; maximum redundancy; auto failover
- Backup and Recovery – simplified, reliable and flexible backup/recovery solutions
- Scalability and Performance – pay only for the applications and data storage you need; distributed architectures for excellent speed
- Quick deployment and ease of integration – instantaneous addition of new users; automatic software integration
- Increased Storage Capacity – eliminates worries about running out of storage space
- Device Diversity and Location Independence –access cloud resources on tablets, smartphones, laptops, desktops
Still have doubts about the reliability of cloud computing? Contact the EMA Managed Services team to assess your organization’s needs and how you can start taking advantage of the cloud today.