Myths about moving business communications to the Cloud
There are many reasons why you might consider migrating some or all your enterprise communication channels to Cloud service providers. With zero local architecture, more versatility, and more functionality – spread out across the globe, providing unified communications wherever it’s needed – to many it makes sense. But, over time, a lot of myths have circulated about Cloud communications services (SaaS, PaaS, etc.) which have somehow stuck. Let’s see if we can put that right!
The Cloud isn’t as reliable as my current communications provider:
This was probably true about 10 years ago. Today – with hardwired Ethernet connections, certified reliability, WIFI, 4G, and a whole host of network services provisions – the internet is truly “always-on”. With guaranteed uptime and solutions for both business continuity and disaster recovery, the chances are your telephone network is probably less reliable than the Cloud! And – did you know – many national and international telephony providers actually use internal internet networks to transport a lot of your calls? That’s food for thought!
The Cloud isn’t a secure network:
There has been a lot of chatter about insecure Cloud networks and hackers gaining access to user and customer sensitive data. The truth is that any network is only as secure as the provider makes it – and that is true of local or Cloud networks. Today, there are international standards applied to pretty much every Cloud network service provision. With highly encrypted, secured, connected network “pipes”, only those with the right credentials, equipment, and network identification can gain access to these highly secured data and communications networks. Again, it is worth noting that many global enterprises already store your data in the Cloud!
The Cloud doesn’t host all the services that my business needs:
The beauty of Services in the Cloud is their versatility – and their infinite connection capabilities. Connecting local, enterprise systems and solutions with Cloud services are becoming more straightforward, day by day. With Application Programming Interfaces (API’s), Software Development Kits (SDK’s), Secured Data Connection tools, and open-standard protocols, connecting to your legacy systems isn’t a problem, anymore – but your legacy systems are! Isn’t it time to rethink your long-term strategy?
Running my business communications from the Cloud is more expensive:
It does seem a daunting prospect when you begin to plan out a migration strategy. Legacy system removals, closing down legacy provider contracts – and then there are the migrations themselves – then the changes to your operations …the list goes on. But the bigger picture will always be brighter – once you’ve moved to the Cloud, your operating costs reduce significantly. No more on-site architecture, no massive IT infrastructure, no maintenance schedules, no patching, no upgrades… getting the picture?
The Cloud isn’t environmentally friendly:
Again, this might have been true about 5 years ago. However, considering the number of enterprise data centers still running on 10-year-old hardware – the power consumption alone is astronomical, compared to much more efficient and eco-friendly Cloud vendor data storage. The economy of scale also means being able to fit in more data, more services, more provisions, and more solutions in less space. Combining data in the Cloud means condensing the need for pockets of old, environmentally unfriendly data stacks!
So – perhaps it is worthwhile taking another look at how the Cloud can support your business – now and into the future? Let JODO Cloud show you the way – because #NowYouCan!