“The Cloud”: a faraway place where you can safely store your data. Well, seemingly safe.…
“The Cloud” is one of the most common yet least understood technologies in today’s business world. Here we discuss 7 popular cloud myths for IBM i and AIX, and take a look at what the reality is.
1. Myth: Migrating Isn’t Worth the Risk
This popular misconception is a major reason why some companies have been hesitant towards the cloud trend.
It is true that migration will take some effort, especially if you’re working on older servers. It will take in-depth planning, application dependency mapping, and all of that fun, tedious work that companies love. That being said, at the end of the day cloud migration should be relatively pain-free. Why? Because migration isn’t something companies usually attempt to do in-house.
With a trusted and experienced cloud provider, migration should be easy and seamless. In addition to gaining the expertise of the cloud provider, the long-lasting benefits of having your IBM i and AIX systems hosted in the cloud will make any hassle more than worth it.
2. Myth: The IBM i & AIX Cloud Is Too Expensive
If this were true, we wouldn’t be seeing such a flood of companies moving to the cloud. The reality is that countless companies are moving to the cloud, and saving money because of it.
According to a Gartner survey of CIOs, 14% of users site saving money as a leading reason for moving to the cloud. This number might seem low, but that’s because the other reasons cited are indirect money-savers as well. Cloud hosting provides increased business efficiency, agility, and adaptability to market changes. With the flexibility to scale resources to your changing needs, companies also save money by only paying for the resources they need, as they need them.
3. Myth: Administrators Will Be Replaced By The Cloud
The cloud does provide a certain degree of automation, but that doesn’t mean your data won’t need management or support.
Cloud storage is just that: storage. Administration and management are different issues entirely. For instance, with something like a private cloud your provider could supply benefits like disaster recovery (DR), customized backups, high availability (HA), data archiving, and management for secure application access 24/7. You just don’t get this with a storage solution alone.
4. Myth: The Cloud Means Additional Security Concerns
Off-premise solutions frequently give companies an instinctive sense of nervousness. In the case of cloud hosting, this intuition is unjustified – to a point.
When it comes to cloud security, users have to understand the difference between the public and private clouds. With the public cloud, clients don’t know exactly where their data is being stored, or who has access to it. As a result, the public cloud can be much more vulnerable to threats like unauthorized access, data breaches, data loss, and denial of service (DOS), particularly from internal sources.
On the other hand, the private cloud gives companies peace of mind by specifying exactly what data center is housing their data, and who specifically has access to it. Plus, instead of managing security entirely in-house, the cloud provider will share that responsibility with you. Additional security benefits could include dedicated firewalls, advanced encryption, compliant and audited data centers, or even disaster recovery solutions in case an unexpected threat does occur.
5. Myth: The Cloud Must Be Close To Be Efficient
This myth might seem logical, but with the right networking solution it becomes totally irrelevant.
It is true that you must establish an effective connection ahead of time between your primary location and host target. IDG Communications’ publication CIO also highlights this fact, stressing the importance of bandwidth and transfer speeds for hosted solutions. However, with the right provider and sufficient bandwidth restrictions at the target will be eliminated, making distance irrelevant to efficiency.
6. Myth: IBM i & AIX Cloud Hosting Gives Companies Less Control
With the private cloud, you could actually gain even more control over your IBM i and AIX systems than you had in-house.
In addition to gaining the expertise of your cloud provider, you will also be able to customize your cloud processing power, storage and networking to fit your specific requirements. That’s not to mention the ability to optimize your hosted solution with disaster recovery, high availability, custom backups, and more.
7. Myth: Cloud Computing Will Interfere With Regulatory Compliance
Cloud computing can absolutely meet regulatory compliance, but this is another case where the public vs. private cloud distinction makes all the difference.
One of the main concerns for compliance is knowing exactly where your data is being stored and processed, and who can access it. If your company is audited, providing the exact location of your data will be particularly important. With the public cloud, these questions are notoriously unanswered.
For companies that must meet regulatory compliance, the private cloud offers another level of control and security. By choosing a provider that also abides by regulatory compliance and is routinely audited, you can rest assured that your data is compliant as well.
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