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5 Misconceptions About Moving Data To The Cloud

Moving to the cloud has certain stigma around it, but most of it is myth

22Oct

Using the cloud for both storage and analysis of data is an option that companies are increasingly turning to. With the decreased costs and increased power of the cloud, it seems like a good choice but some are put off simply by the idea of moving their data from existing systems onto the cloud.

With a number of myths surrounding this transfer, we thought we would look at five of the most popular and why they are no longer issues.

It takes a long time to transfer

It used the be that data was transferred through the net using TCP Protocols. For smaller files this was fine, but it is unfortunately not up to the task of dealing with the kind of data that is used in most businesses today.

It would result in data being lost, slow upload speeds and sometimes even total failure. Those who have been burnt by this in the past therefore believe that it is still the case.

However, through increased latency in the process, modern equivalents can transfer data around 200 times faster than TCP, with considerably more accuracy and much better stability.

A lot of data is too big

This is not the case as any cloud platform will be based on many more servers than you have internally and can therefore deal with considerably more data than you could yourself.

Getting this data onto the cloud in the first place is also not as difficult as it used to be thanks to modern large file transfer systems that allow you to transfer large amounts of data considerably faster than you would have been able to previously.

It’s Unsafe

One of the biggest concerns that companies have is that the data they put on the cloud will not be safe. This comes from recent well reported data hacks of some of the world’s largest companies.

However, the truth is that the vast majority of attacks happen due to security breaches from the human elements of companies, rather than in the actual security of the cloud platform in which the data is stored. For instance, people using obvious passwords allows hackers to easily access the data, which is not due to flaws in the cloud platform’s security.

In fact, due to the specialities of the cloud platform provider, the cloud is often a more secure place to hold data than any in-house system.

It is Too Difficult

Many companies believe that because the cloud is a comparatively new technology, that is is both difficult to upload to in the first place and then use in the long run.

This is not the case as cloud platforms need to have a strong UX and usability element in the same way that a website needs to be useable in order to function. There are hundreds of potential cloud platforms to use and if the experience of using one was incredibly difficult all of the customers on it would simply move to another, which was easier to use. Therefore it is very much in the cloud providers interest to make sure that using the cloud is as simple as possible.

It’s expensive

It used to be the case that companies would need to create individual dedicated connections to transfer large amounts of data, but again with much of the technology that has been created to help with uploading, SaaS options do not require this. Where dedicated connections would require companies to pay for this connection even when not in use, these new technologies are only paid for when they are in use, meaning that they save considerable amounts of money.

Of course moving data to the cloud initially isn’t going to cost nothing, but the cost savings of operating in the cloud easily negates any cost that the initial transfer of data creates.

Sources

With thanks to - http://www.eweek.com/cloud/slideshows/10-misconceptions-about-moving-big-data-to-the-cloud.html

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