Cloud hosting is on the rise and with good reason, it offers scalable infrastructure to meet any computing need, cost efficiencies and unprecedented speed and reliability. Data center and cloud hosting does not rely on just one server, which can lead to a single, local point-of-failure, but on multiple servers and internet connections offering limitless flexibility, storage space and little-to-no downtime without a large capital investment. If your business is growing or in multiple locations, this might be ideal for you. Read on to decide if cloud hosting is right for your business.
Cloud hosting, in reality, is renting space at a data center where multiple, remote servers work together to manage and distribute your technology needs instead of the traditional, single server located in your businesses’ server closet. As your business grows, additional servers and resources can be tapped as needed. This ensures reliability and scalability that is easy to budget and an efficient investment of your IT dollars. HOW DOES IT WORK? In the past, most companies had a single, on-site server that contained all of the businesses’ files and data. If this single server failed (or died) all date transference would stop and all files might be lost, if it wasn’t already backed up on another server. In addition, when people access your business systems or website from an on-site server, all the information is being served up from a single server, if you have too many visitors it can overwhelm your server, if your server fails, visitors including employees, customers and prospects are unable to access your website till it is replaced or repaired. With cloud hosting, this can never happen as there is always additional space available, thanks to having multiple, remote web servers all working together efficiently.
FLEXIBLE PRICING– A major advantage of data center or cloud hosting is maintaining a healthy cost-to-resource need ratio. You only pay for what you use. If you use less, you pay less if you need more, more resources are immediately available. By using a traditional, on-site server, you are limited to the physical constraints of that server and are responsible for all the accompanying costs including power, security, backup, and vendor support. So initially, conventional servers can seem less expensive, but in the end, they may not be, depending on your business needs Cloud Hosting insures resources and costs are appropriately dispersed exactly as required to run your business right now and agile enough to meet unexpected – or better than expected – changes in your business with minimum impact on your budget
SCALABILITY – Cloud hosting makes scaling your server resources easy. You can scale server resources up or down immediately. If your business is experiencing a boom, additional resources can be dialed up, if you are experiencing a temporary downturn they can be scaled back to save you money.
REDUNDANT SERVERS – With a traditional, on-site server, if there is a failure of any kind, your critical business systems go off-line until the server is fixed. Alternatively, cloud server infrastructure is designed, provisioned, and supported with enterprise-level technology so failures of hardware is anticipated and planned for but does not impact how your business systems function at all. If server hardware is compromised or experiencing an issue, your site or business systems are simply live-migrated to other servers in the data center – generally, with absolutely no downtime.
FASTER SPEED – Data center providers know that to stay competitive, they must regularly update hardware and capacity.They deal with server upgrades and getting the “latest and greatest” which is often the most expensive part of maintaining a premise server environment. They make sure your server resources are always cutting edge and fast.
ENVIRONMENTALLY GREEN – Cloud Hosting helps decrease your environmental impact by removing the need to buy and maintain your own, individual servers. You also reduce power consumption, and the need to buy and house a physical server. You also reduce the energy costs needed to regulate server room temperatures. In addition, by only utilizing the server resources you actually need at the moment, you are saving energy and resources.
The benefits of cloud hosting can be a game changer but, that being said, monthly operational infrastructure cost modeling is different than conventional, on-site server infrastructure. The price of cloud hosting has decreased considerably over recent years and will continue to do so. As the long term costs and benefits compete more effectively against conventional server usage, cloud hosting will become more compelling to many mid-size and small business. It may make sense to talk to an expert and see if the benefits of the cloud make sense for your business.
All Mountain Technologies is your local Vail Valley, Summit County and Roaring Fork cloud hosting expert with a local data center dedicated to cloud hosting. Talk with them today to find out if this would serve your business.