Many people and business owners have heard of “the cloud” but – let’s be honest – how much does the average person really know about it?

Rumors about the cloud’s lack of security, cost, and environmental issues are spreading quickly around publication headlines, but many of these accusations are misinformed.

Information Week identifies seven top cloud computing myths:

1. The Cloud isn’t safe – Security is a #1 concern in the cloud, and some of the most secured facilities have been established in the cloud. Cloud security is extremely
rigorous and well monitored; it is more secure than the average data center.

2. Virtual Machines are safe – Although it is extremely difficult to do, research shows that spy VMs can analyze the cache pages of a neighboring VM and determine what is being executed on the processor. As far as we know, Information Week reports, “no one has been able to do this maliciously in a real-world setting.”

3. The Cloud Costs More – When evaluating costs, consider that the cloud is not just a stand alone entity, but a complete system, and it is automating processes that are currently in the hands of IT staff members such as configuration, deployment, monitoring, etc.

4. It’s Easy to Comparison Shop Clouds – Comparing prices of different cloud vendors can be very complicated, as there are no clear industry standards or shared terminology to describe offers.

5. The Cloud Runs Linux and Windows – While Linux and Windows are currently predominant, ARM and SmartOS have significant advantages that may lead to their use in the cloud.

6. Propriety Software will run the Cloud – Open systems such as OpenStack are innovating in virtual networking, matching or surpassing their proprietary competition.

7. Cloud Data Centers are Killing the Environment – The energy taken up by cloud computing continues to decline, and it is arguable shopping online replaces and even bigger energy consumption of physically driving around to get what you need.

8. We hope this has helped shine some light on what the cloud is really like.

To learn more about the cloud and small businesses, read 10 Reasons to Choose Cloud Services for Your Small Business.