The Resistance to Cloud Migration: Four Myths Debunked

Startups and new businesses that have been around for less than six years should be built in the cloud, but many are not. These businesses resist the cloud for a few misguided reasons. They think it’s going to cost more, they won’t have access to their data, they’ll be locked in with a provider, or they’ve here or seen an attempt to build in the cloud go wrong. Let’s debunk these reasons for the cloud-phobic.

Myth: It’s going to cost more

The thought that the cloud is going to cost more is just incorrect. There’s no other way to put it, it’s just not true. When building a business, there are always initial costs. The same goes with the cloud, there’s going to be an initial cost. But at the end of the day, the cloud is going to save you money, especially when starting out. It allows for almost everything to be automated, it’s secure by default, it’s compliant, and it doesn’t require paying a developer to maintain. There are built in protections against would-be hackers, protecting your company’s sensitive data. Any cost incurred by using the cloud, if set up properly, is going to be vastly less than not using the cloud.

Myth: I won’t have access to my data

There is a thought that you don’t have access to your data, or that you need to back it up somewhere else. But with the cloud, you most definitely have access to all of your data. Where you used to back up that data on various hard drives kept in the corner of your office, now S3 storage backs up your data for you. It’s already doing what you think you need to handle as part of the cloud’s automation. It may feel odd giving up something you’re used to doing on your own, but S3 has a five 9’s guarantee. It guarantees that there is a 99.99999% chance that nothing will happen to your data. It can make that guarantee because it continuously backs up data in multiple places.

Myth: I’m stuck with my provider

I’m locked in with a provider and now I’m stuck. That’s simply not the case. Forget the cloud for a moment, pretend that you want to transfer your data, your app or your service from one server to another. That takes time. You want to upgrade something, that’s a hard thing. Even with the cloud, those things are hard and they take time. That doesn’t mean you are locked in and “stuck” with a provider. If you are going to move from one server to another, it takes time. The same goes with transferring from one provider to another. The things that are currently hard are still hard, regardless of cloud usage, but in no way are you stuck.

Myth: The cloud won’t work for my business

This perspective comes from companies which have attempted to build in the cloud, but because they viewed cloud migration as lift-and-shift they failed to reap any benefits or worse, made things worse. This happens when a company tries to hand off the migration to IT or development staff who have no experience with the cloud. The cloud novice sticks with what they know, which is get a server and virtually throw it on a rack. They treat the cloud like any other data center. They don’t use services, they don’t maintain it, they don’t update it and it’s not scaled for growth, so you run into problems because it’s basically been set up exactly how it was set up previously. Which begs the question, if you are going to do exactly what you were doing, why migrate? And why expect different results for the identical approach. New businesses and startups often don’t know what they don’t know, and when they hire someone without the proper knowledge to set up their cloud services, it can be disastrous.

The reasons businesses can be resistant to the cloud all boil down to one thing: lack of knowledge about the cloud. The cloud is the most cost effective, secure, efficient and convenient way to run your business when it’s approached with knowledge. If you don’t trust your own knowledge, find and hire an experienced cloud developer or consulting firm to build your cloud services. When your business is properly set up in the cloud, you will reap the benefits and rest easy knowing your business can grow and be secure all while saving you money.

About the Author

Pieter VanIperen, Managing Partner of PWV Consultants, leads a boutique group of industry leaders and influencers from the digital tech, security and design industries that acts as trusted technical partners for many Fortune 500 companies, high-visibility startups, universities, defense agencies, and NGOs. He is a 20-year software engineering veteran, who founded or co-founder several companies. He acts as a trusted advisor and mentor to numerous early stage startups, and has held the titles of software and software security executive, consultant and professor. His expert consulting and advisory work spans several industries in finance, media, medical tech, and defense contracting. Has also authored the highly influential precursor HAZL (jADE) programming language.

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