Eight Myths About the Cloud Debunked

Posted by Michelle Haupt on Oct 25, 2012 10:52:00 AM

Ortho2 Cloud LogoThe cloud isn’t new, but many are just learning to understand how powerful it can be for offices. Read the facts about myths you may have been hearing about the cloud.

Myth 1: The cloud is a fad.

Fact: The concept of the cloud isn’t really new – it’s been around since the 1950s. Just like smartphones and personal computers, this game-changing technology is a convenient way to access your information from anywhere. Gartner (www.gartner.com) predicts more than half of all software will reside in the cloud by 2014.

Myth 2: The cloud is not secure.

Fact: Most companies offering cloud technology include detailed security level agreements that document in great detail how your data is stored and made accessible to you. Data is only as secure as its encryption scheme, and Ortho2’s Edge uses the same encryption scheme as banking websites. In addition, Edge uses a private cloud, meaning our servers only service Ortho2 clients.

Myth 3: The cloud is not reliable.

Fact: The Internet is very rarely down. While all major service providers guarantee “uptime”, you should be sure to check your local provider’s upload, download, and latency speeds and history before signing up. You can test your broadband speeds easily at sites such as www.speedtest.net. While local connections can experience problems, these issues are easily addressed with inexpensive backups like 4G hotspots.

Myth 4: In order to be in the cloud you have to run your program on a browser.

Fact: The device and how you run the program don’t determine if you are on the cloud. Where you store your data does. The definition of cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet (rather than a local server) to store, manage, and process data. Which means both browser-based and application-based programs can run in the cloud.

Myth 5: If the program is truly cloud-based, you have nothing to install.

Fact: Even browser-based programs need programs, i.e., Flash, Java, Silverlight, installed to function correctly. Edge’s thin client will be installed on your computer, but your data is hosted offsite. This approach allows for all the benefits of the cloud, without sacrificing on features.  Using a smart client application on a computer can be compared to using an app on a smartphone. A dedicated phone app provides a better, more focused experience. Similarly, a smart client also provides more punch, power, and focus.

Myth 6: If the software runs in a browser on a PC, it will run on a smartphone and/or tablet.

Fact: This is not a guarantee. For example, Silverlight and some versions of Flash work on a PC, but aren’t available on Android or Apple devices. Edge offers Edge Portal which is designed to work on your smartphone and/or tablet.

Myth 7: Full-feature imaging isn’t capable in the cloud.

Fact: Cloud computing can do more than store images. With the proper program, you can also edit and manipulate them. Edge Imaging and Premier Imaging allow you to edit images the way you want to.

Myth 8: Third-party integrations won’t work with the cloud.

Fact: New software is being developed to integrate cloud systems together, and the latest systems are being written directly on cloud-based platforms. Make sure to check which integrations work with your devices. Currently Edge integrates with nearly a dozen third-party integrations.

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