Cloud hosting has become ubiquitous for businesses of all sizes in recent years. If you’ve been thinking of moving your business to the cloud as a way to reduce operating costs or boost productivity, you may be feeling overwhelmed with lots of questions and too many options.
Cloud computing means different things to different people and actually covers three major performance areas:
Data storage – cloud backup lets you store files in a secure, reliable environment.
Software as a service (SaaS) – a term describing cloud-based applications that companies license to get their work done.
Hardware as a resource or service (HaaS) – technically what people mean when they talk about cloud hosting. This involves moving some or all of your businesses computing capacity to the cloud and replacing local servers with a cloud-computing platform.
Let’s look at some of the huge benefits as well as potential downsides of implementing cloud hosting.
Cloud computing benefits
Using the cloud for data storage is a no brainer. It’s easy to create a system that uploads to a central location with no fuss, and storage fees keep dropping every year.
You won’t have to worry about nagging employees to make copies of work or about maintaining offsite files. Once a cloud backup system is set up, everything is handled automatically so you’ll never have to worry about data loss.
Using cloud-based applications is the easiest way to enable collaboration between various people and groups. Whether you need to coordinate with team members in different geographic locations or share documents with outside vendors and contractors, cloud computing allows everyone to access the same information in real time wherever they are.
Cloud based software has replaced a large selection of what was previously desktop based software. Things such as invoicing, accounting, custom relationship management (CRM) and project management have multiple popular cloud based versions. Cloud software is typically cheaper because of its monthly subscription model and easier to get started with as there is no download or installation process to go through.
The KIJO team uses cloud software on a daily basis and we are big fans of the multiple benefits cloud software can bring to businesses.
Cloud based services are especially beneficially for a growing business. Whether your business is large enough to have a dedicated IT staff or you outsource work as needed, IT needs will continue to increase as your business expands. With cloud hosting, the burden of maintaining and upgrading systems is handled by the hosting company, freeing up staff time to deal with other issues.
Another huge benefit of cloud computing for small companies is the ability to scale IT resources. Cloud hosting lets you easily adapt with no additional upfront investment. Instead of having to purchase and install new servers, you can just add additional licenses or upgrade your hosting plan.
Security & Privacy
The biggest worry companies face when they move from on-site servers to cloud hosting is security. Business owners want to know that their private data will not be accessed by unauthorized users.
The best way to overcome security concerns is to use a private hosting environment. Third-party providers like Amazon, Microsoft, and Rackspace offer both public and private cloud options. A private cloud, also known as an enterprise or internal cloud service, is an environment built exclusively for your company. This is a more expensive option but can still be very cost effective when compared with the traditional model of maintaining your own servers.
Making a move to the cloud makes sense if you want a flexible, cost effective solution that offers data protection and flexibility. Cloud-based services let you pay for just as much computing as you need and help you expand and change as your business needs grow.
KIJO can help your business to design, manage and launch a cloud hosting environment. Speak to one of our team today to discuss your cloud computing requirements.
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