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Making the cloud as easy as 1, 2, 3

06-20-2016 Microsoft

Most myths are generally pretty harmless – unless they stop your company from reaching its potential

Myths are everywhere, from the Loch Ness monster to the Yeti. Those kinds of fables are fairly inoffensive – unless of course you’re getting attacked by a ten-foot snow monster or a giant lake-dwelling creature, in which case they probably seem pretty real. But what about myths surrounding the very real tools that we use in our daily working lives? There’s a lot of talk these days about the cloud, and with that talk comes all kinds of misinformation. So maybe it’s time to cut through the clutter and get into some facts.

1. Let’s bust some cloud myths…

Is there anything in technology that has more mythology attached to it than the cloud? Just the word alone brings up so many questions: Where is it? What does it do? What doesn’t it do? And this isn’t just anecdotal evidence, Gartner research has shown that there’s a sense for many of us that the cloud is a place where things are … well, a bit murky. Not good news if you’re thinking about housing your data partially on the cloud. So let’s break these myths wide open and look at Gartner’s Top 10 Cloud Myths to better understand how the cloud actually works for the enterprise, and cut through some misperceptions that surround it – including security, scalability, hybrid capability and much more.

2. …then discuss the next big thing in cloud computing…

Cloud adoption is increasing, with enterprises now using a blend of services so their data is both on-premises and in the cloud. In short, they are benefiting from the best of both worlds. But what does this mean for IT management? How is it possible to keep up, or even stay ahead in this ever-changing IT environment? And what tools do you need to manage the transformation that a mix of on-premises and cloud-based services delivers? All these IT management challenges and many more are featured in our Free eBook: Are you ready for the next big thing in IT Management? Here you can also go more deeply into cloud security, along with the many management and recovery options it offers.

3. …before delving into cloud cost-saving benefits

Saving money. Everyone likes that. So what about a model that helps evaluate both the economic benefits and costs that public cloud solutions afford. Forrester Consulting has developed a Total Economic Impact (TEI) model to better anticipate the financial benefits of the cloud – it breaks down the costs and risks associated with cloud adoption and goes into depth on how it could transform your business. It’s all in the Forrester Report: Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Azure

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