We’ve made it to yet another exciting and frightful Halloween! For one night, all of the ghouls and goblins get to come out to play, and we confront the things that scare us face-to-face. If you’re like many business owners, though, you’re probably not particularly afraid of imaginary Frankenstein monsters and fairytale witches. Instead, you may be fearful of taking the plunge and embracing the world of cloud computing. If this sounds familiar, it’s high time that you acknowledge, address, and face those fears so that you can move forward. Here’s a look at some of the most common cloud-related anxieties and how to get over them.
Fear of Change
Business owners and employees alike tend to have an aversion to change. Adopting a new way of running your software, storing your data, etc. can be a little bit scary at first. When you and your team realize how much easier the cloud will make your daily lives, however, you’ll be a lot more comfortable with the idea of making the switch. It’s also extremely helpful to find the right technical advisor and cloud provider to help you make the transition. This will help you move to the cloud without disrupting your workflow, and will ensure that the entire process goes as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.
Fear of Data Security
If you’re nervous about the security of your data once you move to the cloud, you’re not alone. Many business owners fear that the cloud won’t offer sufficient data security. The truth of the matter, though, is that cloud service providers take data security very seriously. After all, any breach in data security reflects badly on their brand and can ruin their reputations. As such, the best providers will go above and beyond to make sure that they are on top of the latest data security trends and are fully capable of warding off any potential viruses, threats, or attacks.
Fear of Accessibility
In order to remain operational and efficient, you and your staff need to be able to access your infrastructure and data at all times. You may have some fears surrounding the cloud’s ability to allow you this level of access, 24/7/365. Fortunately, cloud service providers make accessibility a priority, working hard to guarantee uptime. In fact, the industry standard is 99.99% availability.
Fear of Costs
As a business owner, you’re always worried about your bottom line. You don’t want to pay more than you must in order to remain operational. How much is the cloud really going to cost you? You may be surprised to learn that moving to the cloud can actually allow your company to start saving money on an ongoing basis. Cloud computing allows you to ditch a lot of expensive equipment while simultaneously making it possible for you to pay for services only as you need them. Because the cloud offers full scalability, you are able to upgrade or downgrade your needs as they change, allowing you to only spend exactly what is necessary and not a penny more.
Fear of Losing Control
The idea of moving your infrastructure and data off-premises and into the cloud can make you feel like you’re losing control, and that can be a pretty scary prospect. The good news is that this isn’t true at all. The only thing that changes is the physical location of your servers. As a business owner, you will still have the same access to your data, you will still maintain control over how that data is secured, and you will still get to make decisions about which applications you want to run, etc.
This Halloween, we encourage you to face your fears and take some serious steps toward moving your business to the cloud. The team at Uncommon Solutions is happy to address any of your concerns or answer any of your questions. Give us a call to learn more today.