Cloud computing has become a widely used term, as more and more people get into the habit of having an online backup for their important files.
However, the subject still remains a vague topic and many are still trying to figure out what the cloud is all about. On top of that, there are several misconceptions that contribute to the confusion.
Let’s debunk these fallacies and discover the real deal about cloud computing:
1. Cloud Computing is a Single-Entity
The cloud is often considered a single-entity, where a one-size fits all solution covers a handful of IT issues. The truth is, this isn’t always the case. Some companies and industries, such as the legal industry, require further considerations to ensure client data confidentiality and legalities within certain demographics. For this reason LCT (Legal Cloud Technology) was developed.
2. Cloud Computing Solves Everything
In relation to fallacy number one, the cloud is not a one-size fits all service, and therefore it cannot solve everything. This misconception is brought about by the fact that cloud computing has received a lot of attention in the recent years. People’s expectations are now so high they believe the cloud is the perfect solution to every IT challenge. While some cloud service packages offer more solutions than others, do not automatically assume all of your IT needs are covered. Choose a cloud provider who will consider your needs and have the flexibility to adjust the service to effectively handle them.
3. The Cloud is Only for Business
While SME’s are the majority of cloud users, this technology is open to anybody who is in need of such service. If you want to back up what’s currently on your computer, access your data from your hotel room in Hawaii, or share files with others – whether it be family pics from your last holiday or maintenance documents with your real estate, then cloud is an option.
Like anything that runs online, cloud computing services also have downtimes. Fortunately, these occasions are rare. In fact, the uptime of most cloud services are likely to give a higher reliability rate compared to some similarly priced services.
5. It’s just a Fad
While there is no denying that wide-spread use of cloud computing is fairly new, the technology has been around for a while, with steady growth and improvement. And as the IT industry predicts, cloud computing is here to stay.
About the Author: James Vickery is the founder and CEO of I Know IT, a transformative IT services provider. James connects law leaders to their strategy through technology with a firm belief that lawyers must re-enter their profession as innovators, thinking and acting as technology companies do in order to survive, compete and prosper in a digital economy.
James enables this new way of thinking and executing through consulting, coaching and delivery of technology solutions to Australian and international organisations. More from this author.