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.
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.
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.