Think you know the cloud? Even if you’re a certified techie, there are plenty of things about cloud technology that remains a mystery. There are also a lot of misconceptions floating around out there, which makes it tough to figure out what’s true and what’s an old wive’s tale. Technology and Luddites often don’t mix, but there’s no reason to be left in the dark.
Consider these commonly unknown things about cloud technology and improve your know-how for the next big meeting (or trivia night). Let’s get started with the fact that not all clouds are equal. Depending on the type of technology, a cloud might require a smattering of boxes, it might have freeware, it might be located in someone’s basement or if could be in a super secure data center.
Here are a few more unknown things about cloud tech to add to your knowledge base:
- They’re not that transparent
When it comes to figuring out the bottom line for cloud service, it’s not as clear as it should be. Some providers intentionally make cloud tech look cheaper than it is, and then you might get stuck with an upsell or a bad package. Your needs are going to change when it comes to cloud tech, and the complexity of the situation will keep pace. When shopping for a web host, make your desires well known and stick to your budget.
- They’re not all managed
Do you want a managed or unmanaged server? Cloud tech that you’re totally responsible for, or would you rather have a pro take charge? With most cloud technology, it can come managed or unmanaged—it all just depends on your preference. Just never make assumptions because you might get an unwelcome surprise. There are pros and cons to both approaches.
- It’s (probably) more secure than you think
A lot of people still worry over cloud security, but if you do your homework that shouldn’t be a concern. Chances are the security is better than anything you could achieve on your own. However, it’s technically still possible that cloud tech can become vulnerable. Ask yourself whether storing a server in your bedroom is more secure than a top of the line data center—the answer is obvious.
- They’re not going local like everything else
It might seem like “going local” is taking every industry by storm, but cloud tech is an exception. Government rules and regulations are getting stricter by the day, which means that privacy is a top concern. A number of cloud applications are moving overseas in order to optimize latency. Don’t worry if your server isn’t in the US—it’s likely safer, more affordable and more secure abroad.
- Define “availability”
Availability is a very subjective word, and it’s often overused in the tech industry. Instead, rely on percentages and numbers that you can understand. If you don’t know what you’re being promised with a web host or other cloud tech, ask for clarification. If you don’t get it, move on to a more amenable company.
You’ll likely never “master” the cloud and that’s okay—it’s a lot to take in. Plus it’s always changing. Instead, focus on working with companies who explain things clearly, have a solid reputation and give you security in writing. That’s the real way to stay on top of the cloud game.