Top 3 Myths About the Cloud
Inevitably, when Scott and I are explaining that Singletouch is most easily deployed using our Cloud solution, we run into these three common assumptions and questions. I hope to debunk a few common worries about the Cloud and put your mind at ease with a little knowledge. Knowledge is power!
Top Three Myths about the Cloud
Myth #1: Cloud services are expensive.
Fact: Small business owners who leverage cloud technologies spend on average 20% less on technology than their peers.
Cloud service providers remove all of the hassle, expense, and administration that a small business owner has if they deploy the same technologies in-house. Cloud providers have built their infrastructure up, and have many redundant servers that would be very expensive for the small business owner to purchase, deploy, and maintain. All of which would take the small business owner’s time and money while at the same time not allowing the small business owner to focus on growing their business.
Myth #2: Cloud computing reduces productivity.
Fact: Cloud service providers:
- Allow the small business owner to leverage state-of-the-art servers, applications, and support.
- Have expert IT support staff to manage and maintain the latest hardware, software, networking and security technologies.
- Keep the small business owner’s data secure and accessible even when the small business devices are lost, stolen or destroyed.
- Provide server and processing resources that allow small business to access and work quickly with large amounts of data from anywhere.
These are just some examples of how cloud service providers streamline process and increase productivity for small business owners and their employees.
Myth#3: Hosted applications are not secure
Fact: Current providers of outsourced technology solutions need to meet certain requirements that are determined and enforced by an independent global forum called the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standard Council. Due to these strict regulations, the level of security from hosted technology providers is robust with firewalls, unique system passwords, data encryption, and regular testing. Hosted data servers are typically protected at a high security storage facilities and your provider will have to meet the strictest security guidelines for these. Hosted applications can, in fact, sometimes be a safer bet than non-hosted, in-house systems which aren’t held to the same standards.