Cloud HostingUtilising the Cloud

"The Comply Serve website is now very reliable and we have experienced minimal downtime since moving to the cloud. While reliability was our main concern, the website is now considerably faster than what we had previously.”
Laurie Chivers, Complyserve

What and Where is the Cloud?

The ‘cloud’ is not a physical object, but instead a term used to describe a modern way of working with computers and servers. Cloud hosting is simply flexible virtual computer resources accessible through the Internet. Cloud hosting doesn’t rely on a single server, but rather multiple servers working together to host your website.

Lets discuss how moving to the cloud can help your business grow for the future.

Why Choose the Cloud

The cloud is not just a marketing term or a new buzzword, it has the potential to completely revolutionise the way businesses think about their IT capacity and purchasing decisions.

Cost

Cloud computing works on a pay-as-you-go model so you only pay for the resources you actually use, with no upfront purchases. With cloud hosting businesses no longer need to plan for and purchase servers and other IT infrastructure in advance.

Flexibility and Scalability

The flexible nature of cloud hosting allows business of all sizes to scale up or down according to their requirements. There are near-infinite amounts of computing capacity available so businesses can grow comfortable in the knowledge that their hosting will grow with them.

Take the following situation:

Company A sells clothing online. They have a steady amount of traffic throughout the year, however around Christmas they have sudden traffic spikes. They used to have a dedicated server that cost £179 per month and used 25-30% of its capacity throughout the year and around 80-90% at busy periods like Christmas. Last year at a particular busy day at Christmas the website crashed as it didn’t have enough resources to handle the traffic. Company A considered upgrading their dedicated server to hopefully meet any future demand, even though the majority of the year they didn’t need anywhere near as much capacity. This is inefficient and expensive.

Company A decides to move to a cloud hosting setup which can scale up or down according to their requirements. They now only pay for the capacity they use and when they use it. The scalability means that any future traffic spikes can be handled without adding resources and cost they don’t need.

Reliability

If your server breaks down or there’s a power cut in the datacenter that is a single point of failure and your website/application/service will no longer work. The result of which may be; lost revenue, unhappy customers, poor staff productivity, and critical data loss.

Cloud hosting is designed to be extremely reliable. Cloud is designed to exist in multiple locations at once meaning there is no single point of failure. If one location does fail there are several others that can continue to function.

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Comply Serve

Comply Serve is the global leader in collaborative progressive assurance, developing assurance and compliance solutions primarily for the infrastructure market, for more than 10 years. Comply Serve approached KIJO to configure a hosting solution for their front end website that ensured zero downtime and a speed improvement for their international customers.

Based on the brief that Comply Serve set, KJIO decided that a cloud solution was needed. We designed an auto scaling, load balancing server architecture that ensures Comply Serve has the capacity needed to handle traffic variations. With their international customers in mind we implemented a Content Delivery Network (CDN) that places the websites files on multiple edge locations throughout the World, improving load time locally no matter where the customer is located.

Furthermore we decided to implemented a worldwide uptime monitoring system to test the website in various locations throughout the world, also tracking average latency during these tests. This uptime solution also tests 50 parameters of the site every minute to check for any errors, downtime, or loss of speed.

To read further about this project please click the link below: Provide link to full portfolio page.

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Park-IT

Park-IT is a market leader in Airport parking logistics, having seen fantastic expansion to 10 UK Airports in their first year of operation. Park-IT approached KIJO to configure a hosting solution for their front end website that ensured zero downtime and more importantly a website that had a platform for future growth and traffic variations.

Based on the brief set, we decided that Cloud Hosting was the perfect solution. The server architecture we could provide was designed as a growth platform and with its load balancing features that would seamlessly handle any traffic spikes.

To read further about this project please click the link below: Provide link to full portfolio page.

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Is the Cloud the right solution for your business?