The cloud is getting more and more popular with small businesses – but if you haven't started using it yet, that's OK. Have you been fooled by common cloud myths?

Since its introduction to the business world, the cloud has established itself as one of the most integral technologies in modern society. In the private and professional worlds, the cloud has delivered a range of benefits, from convenient access to data to cost-savings in hardware reduction.

But not everyone has made the move - many are skeptical of its capabilities, security, and reliability. Are these concerns valid?

The Top 3 Cloud Myths - Have You Fallen For Them?

While skepticism of new technology is initially a valid reaction, the fact is that the cloud has been around long enough to mitigate many of the original concerns.

That said, common misconceptions still remain:

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Myth #1: By moving your business data to the cloud, you lose control over it.

With the right cloud partner, this just isn't the case. You retain total control over your data while offloading the burden of internal maintenance.

Moving to the cloud means you no longer have to handle ongoing upgrades and maintenance because it's taken care of for you, freeing up your internal IT team to focus on optimizing your technology and other more important tasks.

Reality: You retain total control over your data and technology, without the usual hassles that come with it.

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Myth #2: On-site data storage is safer than cloud storage.

With a presumed lack of control comes a presumed lack of security. Again, this might be true on the wrong cloud platform, with the wrong service provider, but who you choose is up to you.

The fact is, the cloud is often more secure than your internal setup, featuring a range of powerful security measures and reliable backups to make sure that the work you do is kept private from intruders and safe from onsite emergencies.

All of this depends on who you trust to maintain your cloud.

Reality: Security and guaranteed uptime are foundational benefits of many cloud services and can be enhanced with the support of superior cloud solution providers.

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Myth #3: The cloud puts you at risk of outages.

The misconception is that because the cloud delivers data via a remote connection, everything is dependent on that connection, making it inherently risky. In reality, thanks to the distributed, virtual, and redundant nature of a public cloud environment, the enterprise-wide risk is much lower.

Your local server is subject to local power outages, fire and water damage, easy access for bad actors and many other types of physical risk - these isolated events don’t affect a widely distributed cloud architecture.

Reality: The cloud is developed in such a way that it is better prepared to deal with minor outages, which would otherwise knock a local server offline.

Now, as you may have noticed, each of those myths is addressed with the help of a partner in cloud services, which leads us to Managed Cloud Services…

What Are Managed Cloud Services?

Managed Cloud Services manage and host your cloud platform so you can use cloud services more efficiently and save money. It offers an economical IT support framework for you to utilize the cloud solutions that are right for your organization.

Why Choose Managed Cloud Services?

  • Scale Simply
    Cloud services have the unique strategic characteristic of being able to stretch or shrink to suit your current level of demand. This is especially useful for businesses of any scale that will change in size over time. Think of it as “utility computing”.
  • Enhance Performance
    Your managed cloud services provider can manage, monitor and maintain a cloud-based infrastructure much easier. They will often see an issue and resolve it before it causes any trouble. This means fewer interruptions to your business operations and less downtime. With uninterrupted continuity of your manufacturing operations, you'll add to your long-term profits.
  • Smaller Investment & Quicker ROI
    By moving your data and applications from local infrastructure and into the cloud, you convert a large part of your IT budget from Capital Expenditures (CapEx)to Operating Expenses (OpEx). Whereas CapEx — on-premise IT solutions, e.g. hardware — are paid for upfront and see a gradual return over the following months and years, OpEx are "pay-as-you-go", consumption-based services. You pay for a cloud solution month by month, which vastly reduces the window between investment and return.

What Do Managed Cloud Services From Elevate Services Group Include?

As your Managed Cloud Services Provider, we help determine the cloud solutions that work best for your operational needs.

  • Elevate Services Group will work with you to assess, design, implement and support cloud computing while reducing IT capital costs and increasing employee productivity.
  • We define business and technology requirements before recommending a cloud strategy. Our team will work with business and technology leaders to help compare costs over time and determine what role cloud computing should play in your business plans.
  • We assess the business value and business impact before presenting you with a customized cloud strategy. As part of this assessment, we will make sound recommendations on public, private or hybrid cloud environments that are the best fit for your business.

Intrigued? Let us come in for an hour to assess the viability of cloud services for your business operations.