Over the years, companies everywhere have become much more sophisticated about how they curate information and manage productivity. This manifests itself on a daily basis, but it's especially true in disaster scenarios where the business needs a fall-back plan. When data is lost, either due to a user error or something unavoidable like a natural disaster, companies have ever-improving backup plans that can sustain them.
"By using cloud data backup, companies can put their data in a safe location that's available for easy access whenever necessary."
Some number of years ago, that meant using tapes. Employees would save files locally on their machines, and they'd keep second copies on backup tapes that they could use in emergency situations. This model had its inefficiencies, though. For example, what if a hurricane strikes, and the same storm that wipes out your files hits your backup copies as well? Remote storage seemed like a better solution.
The cloud makes this possible. By using cloud data backup, companies can put their data in a safe location that's available for easy access whenever necessary. It's instantaneous, too, meaning it works far better than mailing tapes across the country and waiting days for them to arrive.
Despite the convenience of the cloud backup model, there's still some reluctance to join the movement, according to IT Pro Portal. Sean Catlin, head of digital marketing for the French IT consultancy Atos, told the news source that as they've moved toward the cloud in greater numbers, business leaders have discovered a few obstacles that have given them pause.
"Enterprises are now taking on cross-company migration to the cloud rather than isolated projects," Catlin noted. "This has highlighted a number of new barriers presently hindering cloud adoption. Overcoming these barriers can be the difference between a company successfully navigating the digital transformation process helping them stay ahead of their customer demands and falling behind as rivals and startups digitalize faster."
Most of the supposed "obstacles," however, are myths. Here are four preconceived notions about cloud computing and how modern technology has debunked them:
Attachment to the status quo
Many corporate leaders are afraid of taking the "leap of faith" required to abandon their current data backup plans and embrace the cloud. There's nothing to fear, though. Cloud computing is cheaper, easier, more convenient and more efficient than any other method of managing data.
Fear of greater complexity
Typically, when people hear about new technology, they worry that it will be more complicated than the solutions they're used to. With the cloud, though, this usually isn't the case. The best Infrastructure as a Service tools are intuitive and offer a wide range of capabilities.
Lack of technical experts
Some worry that they're not ready for the cloud because they don't have any tech geniuses in house to help them manage the transition. That's not a problem, though. By outsourcing your data management, you leave all the technical challenges to the provider, not your own in-house people.
A need for IT flexibility
Everyone likes to be in control of their own data, and it's common to worry that if you're giving your data up to someone else's software solution, you're losing that control. But many IaaS solutions, including Virtacore's CoreBACKUP powered by Veeam, make it easy to extend your infrastructure to the cloud without letting go of the reins.