Correcting Cloud Myths

    By Jared Jacobs | Small Business

    How much do you know about the cloud? A recent survey revealed that most Americans have at least some misconceptions about what it is, where it is, and what it does. 51% believe that cloud computing can be disrupted by bad weather, and a full 95% said that they do not use the cloud, despite using services like Gmail, Instagram, and online banking on a near-daily basis.

    So, what exactly is the cloud? Take a look at the following myths and truths:

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    Myth: The cloud has something to do with the weather.

    Truth: The term “cloud computing” is used to refer to the practice of storing, accessing, and sharing data across the internet. Its name comes from the cloud-like symbol that’s used to represent the internet’s complex infrastructure.

    Myth: The cloud is a place.

    Truth: When you store data in the cloud or use cloud-based applications, you aren’t accessing any one “place”—each cloud vendor has its own servers and data centers.

    Myth: The cloud isn’t safe.

    Truth: While it’s true that there is some risk involved in storing data in the cloud, with the right security precautions these threats can be reduced to about the same level as you would experience with in-house storage. Talk to your cloud vendor about encryption, authentication, and server access.

    Myth: Our organization doesn’t need the cloud.

    Truth: Cloud computing is a powerful tool—it can help your organization become more efficient and flexible and help you reduce IT-related expenses. In fact, if you use an internet-based email service or document-sharing application, you likely already use the cloud without even realizing it.

    How are you using the cloud? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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