Cloud 2023: unveiling truths and misconceptions
Many people talk about it, some have taken a first step without realizing it, especially with the use of collaborative tools like Office 365 or Google Workspace which are hosted in the public cloud. Yet, misconceptions persist and hinder the choice of cloud migration for some companies. So what is true or false?
“It’s either the cloud or nothing!”
False. Depending on the importance of your applications and performance requirements, you have the option to choose a combination of cloud and traditional on-premises servers. Applications that are legacy or internally reliant may appear challenging or not financially viable to migrate. However, if these applications are virtualized, particularly using VMware, transitioning to a cloud environment with the same technology would be adequate. Regardless of the scenario, migrating to the cloud can be accomplished gradually in accordance with the strategic goals of your organization.
“Cloud technology is expensive”
False. The budget for utilizing cloud services is contingent upon various factors such as the amount of data stored, computing power required, number of applications and backup policies. One of the key strengths of cloud computing lies in its ability to adapt to your specific needs. With this model, you only pay for the resources consumed, eliminating unnecessary expenses related to over-provisioning physical or virtual servers.
To conduct a comprehensive comparison between cloud and traditional IT budgets, it is crucial to consider all costs involved. This includes direct costs as well as indirect and hidden expenses such as time spent by your teams, potential productivity losses during internal server updates, reallocation of personnel to other strategic projects, round-the-clock support services, security measures and maintenance activities. When these costs are taken into account during the analysis process, it becomes evident that cloud budgets are optimized when compared to traditional IT budgets.
Furthermore, the adoption of cloud services allows businesses to shift from capital expenditure (CAPEX) towards operational expenditure (OPEX). This transition enables organizations to allocate their financial resources towards new projects rather than investing heavily in hardware infrastructure. Moreover, the implementation of a FinOps approach alongside your project can provide significant benefits. It ensures a balanced trade-off between cost allocation for cloud services on one hand and performance optimization and sought-after IT innovation on the other hand.
“The cloud is more vulnerable to cyber attacks”
False. Choosing a cloud provider that has been certified by reputable labels and certifications in the market, such as SecNumCloud, ISO 27018, ISO 27017, ISO 9001, ISO 27001, ISO 14001, is sufficient to ensure a guaranteed level of security. Orange Business relies on the expertise of experts to offer a comprehensive and secure service across all aspects including cloud services, network protection and data security.
“With cloud technology, I lose control over my infrastructure”
False. If you are referring to no longer needing to update physical servers, handle daily incidents, maintain a secure and air-conditioned IT room, and manage data backup as loss of control, then yes, that is accurate. In this case, your provider will be responsible for these tasks instead.
However, what may seem like a loss of control actually presents an exciting chance to reassess your IT department and allocate your IT teams towards more strategic initiatives. By utilizing the cloud, you still have control over setting user access rules for the company’s data and business applications. This allows you to maintain governance while also taking advantage of the benefits offered by cloud technology.
“It is possible to migrate to the cloud in only 5 min!”
Not really, but almost. There are various methods available for migrating your applications and infrastructure to the cloud. One such approach, known as “lift and shift,” allows for quick migration, often taking only a few minutes (or almost). However, other strategies may necessitate more extensive modifications or even complete rewrites of the applications. Opting for a lift and shift migration enables you to swiftly transition to the cloud while taking advantage of its numerous benefits. This also provides you with the opportunity to allocate time towards preparing the remainder of your migration project and familiarizing your teams with this new operational paradigm.
Each cloud migration situation is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Whether you are just beginning your thinking or you are already well underway, the teams of experts from Orange Business can support you from start to finish in this cloud transformation.