Still not cloud convinced? Chris Nicolini, our Sr VP of Data Center Operations, responds to four common anti-cloud arguments

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Windstream dispels skeptics’ common arguments against cloud solutions.

At Windstream, we’ve been talking up the cloud for many years—about its cost benefits, efficiency improvements, increased uptime, scalability and security. But despite predictions of increased cloud adoption by enterprise companies, we continue to see many organizations hesitate before taking the plunge into cloud migration.

Well, I’m here to help nudge you along, if you’re experiencing that hesitant feeling right now. I’d like to ease any fears or concerns you might have, so let’s look at four of the most common misconceptions I hear when talking about cloud migration:

Concern #1: Migrating to the cloud costs too much.

Often, decision makers can get caught up in thinking about the initial investment of cloud computing, overlooking the long-term cost savings and organizational benefits. During the beginning stages of cloud migration, CIOs should be prepared to make a significant investment, which is why the initial budgeting process is essential to the success of your cloud strategy. Proactively budgeting and strategically planning for the future can help minimize “hidden” cloud costs, such as end-user backup challenges or inefficient use of cloud storage space. Working with an established, trusted cloud vendor, like Windstream Hosted Solutions, can definitely help ease the budgeting pain.

Concern #2: I don’t really trust the security of the cloud.

Of course you’re concerned, and why wouldn’t you be? News reports remind us almost daily of the effects of security breaches—expert cloud vendors like Windstream Hosted Solutions have dedicated teams working overtime to protect customer data in enterprise-class data centers. With compliance and regulatory certifications including SSAE 16 SOC I, SOC II, HIPPA compliance and PCI DSS—customer data, whether stored in a Windstream public, private or hybrid cloud—is secure across the country. Our customers can be confident that when their critical data is transferred or stored, it’s secure.

The responsibility for cloud security falls not only on data center providers; it is also essential for the client to have a secure connection when the data is transferred to the cloud, as well as during routine network maintenance. Windstream currently offers managed network security solutions, providing anti-virus protection, firewalls and detection services through a single unified threat management solution.

Concern #3: The performance benefits aren’t worth the headache of adoption.

Many fear that moving data and applications to the cloud will not meet their expectations, and thus, will not be worth the time and expense to migrate. The beauty of the cloud is that it is strategically designed to offer businesses the most innovative performance technology. Cloud computing involves constant monitoring and testing, with infrastructure updates provided by the cloud vendor. These performance tests ensure that cloud service providers (CSPs) are providing the highest quality cloud solutions to their customers. At Windstream, we constantly test and monitor our systems and cloud pods to maintain proper uptime and consistently updated software and hardware.

Cloud Concern #4: My executives don’t want to bother with the cloud.

If this is your sticking point—you’re not alone. All too often, the primary concern is the dreaded “organizational resistance”. Not everyone welcomes change and more often than not, this resistance stems from fear of change within the IT department in terms of people, processes and ultimately, control.

Many businesses also fall into the habit of relying on legacy applications or platforms; it is critical to break inefficient habits and allow new technology to grow the business. Keeping the old systems in play may seem like the easy path for a business, but these technologies often become outdated and costly to maintain.

When it comes to cloud technology, don’t let your organization lag behind. Cost savings, increased efficiency and proven security are just a few of the driving factors for cloud implementation. If you need support convincing your C-suite executives to consider cloud adoption, contact a trusted Windstream advisor to discuss which cloud solution is the best fit for your business needs.