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David Mangold
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5 Common Misconceptions of Cloud Computing

A false idea can spread nearly as fast as an excellent internet connection. That's why it's essential to disprove common misconceptions about cloud computing for healthcare professionals.

Cloud computing uses remote servers to store, secure and access data via an internet connection rather than storing data on personal servers or computers at a facility. Users can connect to the cloud anywhere they have internet, so they can work remotely.

Prelude Services has put together this quick guide to debunking the myths behind cloud computing so you can learn how the cloud can revolutionize healthcare. 

5 False Ideas About Cloud Computing

There are five main misconceptions we can disprove to demonstrate the reliability and security of cloud computing. 

1. Cloud Computing Is a Fad (Misconception)

Rather than being a fad, cloud computing is the future of data storage and retrieval. A report from the research experts at Gartner tells us that public cloud services will exceed 45% of all enterprise information technology (IT) spending by the year 2026. Platforms like Dropbox, Gmail and Adobe Creative Cloud allow commercial and casual users to tap into the power of the cloud every day. 

2. Cloud Computing Is More Expensive (Misconception)

When managed properly, cloud computing can save you money and yield a high return on investment over time. In a cloud service arrangement, you only pay for the capacity you choose to use. Since a large group of people is paying into the service, the cloud provider can simply charge you a fee. That means you can skip the cost of servers, routers and software.

3. Cloud Computing Is Unreliable (Misconception) 

Cloud computing is one of the most reliable ways to store data because it's accessible from anywhere. The cloud can also store far more data than the typical IT department can hold, so you can choose to keep additional records you might want for a later time. 

4. Cloud Computing Is Risky (Misconception)

Cloud computing is far less risky than being responsible for the data stored on-site at a facility. The cloud provider's infrastructure is typically vastly superior to anything an individual healthcare facility could secure. Your data is highly secure with physical and digital contingency plans and protection. 

For example, cloud disaster recovery programs can distribute backups of your data to cloud services in different geographic locations. That way, if one area experiences a disaster, there are always data backups at other locations. 

5. Cloud Computing Is Not Secure (Misconception)

IT specialists work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to protect your data at a cloud provider location. These companies also offer video surveillance and security guards. The success of their business depends on keeping your data safe, so you can focus on caring for your patients and managing your facility. 

Secure Your Data With Prelude Services Today

Prelude Services is a specialty IT outsourcing service dedicated to solutions in the healthcare industry. We provide cloud storage and security in compliance with HIPAA regulations, so you can have peace of mind. 

Prelude Services also provides a fully redundant data center with private and public cloud service hosting capabilities. We commit to the highest quality standard with annual SSAE SOC 2 audits to verify the excellence of our security, processing integrity, availability and confidentiality. 

Ready to take the next step or want to learn more? Contact Prelude Services online today to get connected.  

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