Cloud computing is a broad term that might not seem relevant to your business. But an extension of cloud computing that nearly all businesses can benefit form is cloud hosting solutions. Cloud hosting embodies a variety of products/services, and each of them can be adapted to a variety of business needs and offer your business reduced costs.
Cloud Hosting for Businesses
When cloud computing technology is integrated with web hosting technology, the result is a form of hosting that lets businesses dynamically scale and rescale their hosting resources as their business needs fluctuate. This kind of flexibility lets businesses save money by only paying for the resources they need at any given moment (i.e. not having to invest in being on the safe-side), but still avoid any downtime from servers reaching their capacity.
Essentially, cloud hosting is ideal for any company that (1) relies on its web presence, (2) cannot justify over-investing resources into a hosting solutions, but (3) tends to experience significant fluctuations in their traffic according to growth spurts or seasonal variations. What cloud hosting lets them do is lease a kind of virtual server, and then scale it on an as-needed basis as their business grows and/or fluctuates. So the business doesn’t have to invest more in their hosting than they need to, an can free up more resources to realize other business goals.
Cloud Storage for Businesses
Another cloud computing technology that offers business cost saving solutions is cloud storage. With cloud storage, business can get high performance, future-proof and highly-scalable online data storage that can be used in three different ways.
First, business can use cloud storage to back-up company data. Second, cloud storage can be used to allow employees to access to data from anywhere, without the need for a VPN connection. Finally, companies can use their cloud storage service to host any media files that might be live on their sites.
For example, if your business stores a lot of files on a local server, then you might want to consider backing those up to a cloud storage service. In addition to offering a reliable back-up and allowing your employees to access files without being on the company network, it will also save your business money.
For starters, cloud storage will help you cut the costs associated with system network administration. It will also mean that you won’t have to rent physical space to put those network servers. Finally, if your company relies on media files to power its web properties, cloud storage will significantly reduce the bandwidth costs of hosting that media.
Of course, cloud storage is not ideal for storing confidential or sensitive data. Essentially, if there is any data that your company wants to keep secure and confidential, then you should not make it accessible from anywhere. But for all files and media that do not pose security concerns but are costing a lot to store, cloud storage just might be a cost-effective way to go.
Doing Business in the Cloud
In a nutshell, whether you’re a company that relies on its web online presence or just has a lot of data to store, cloud computing can help your business save money. Before taking that first leap into the cloud, however, there are a few things you should know.
First, most cloud hosting providers offer businesses a choice of operating system (Windows or Linux), and gives them the self-service flexibility usually offered through other enterprise level hosting services. So when shopping around for a cloud hosting solution provider for your business, ensure that your choice (1) is compatible with your existing technology, and (2) features flexible billing.
Second, make sure you’re you’re aware of any security challenges posed through cloud computing. After all, when you rely on the cloud, you have less direct control of your data. So while it make sense to outsource some business components to the cloud, there are others that are better kept under lock and key using in-house computing — regardless of how much more it costs you.
Finally, when you’re shopping around, involve your IT team in the decision making process. They’ll be in a much better position to evaluate any potential cloud hosting provider. They will also help you decide which business components are better outsourced to the cloud, and which ones you will still want to keep in-house.