4 Advantages Of Cloud Hosting Over A Local Solution
Traditionally, companies managed their systems operation in-house with a localized data center and dedicated servers. Data management, external and internal, remained mostly on-site.
But as a company grows, system operations & data management must expand in direct and often demanding proportions. With a constant escalation of computing technology, the in-house data center has about reached its limits. Especially for companies which need to remain competitive-- and relevant--in an increasingly tech-savvy business environment.
To overcome these limitations, more companies have turned to cloud hosting to fulfill expanding data management & system operation needs. Forbes reported that by the year 2013 more than half of American businesses were already using cloud computing in some way or another. Now, start-up companies are eschewing the in-house data center model and soaring right to the clouds.
Nearly all computing needs can be securely & inexpensively executed via a cloud host either private, public or hybrid. Some even project that cloud hosting will soon eliminate local servers altogether just as the PC eliminated the need for a typewriter.
A challenging economy may first appear to be the primary driver behind businesses turning to cloud. However, there are numerous cost advantages to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) beyond eliminating the expense of constant hardware & software upgrades or to dodge impending obsolescence.
You no longer pay for computing power you don't need. Resources are scaled up and down according to demand. Additional resources, such as increased bandwidth, are only added during high demand times, skirting the performance lags that frequently plague local servers.
Migrating your business to the cloud offers more advantageous factors. Here's just a few:
The ability to conduct business from your smartphone, tablet, or at-home PC increases productivity resulting in quality time management. Document collaboration becomes more streamlined and fewer employees are needed to optimize output.
Decreased Maintenance Costs
Maintenance costs drop dramatically since it's much easier to make changes, updates, de-bug, or add beneficial features to a single codebase.
You don't have to worry about losing data through an in-house disaster. All your data is securely backed up online before a crisis strikes.
A big plus for employees and customers who want to connect with user-friendly applications that are intuitive and without a lot of hassle.
Clouds In Your Coffee
Still, some find it disconcerting to have the whole of their company's business 'out there', somewhere, in some remote space online. Yet many of us may remember clinging to hard copy and paper files with the same trepidation when the PC made them virtually obsolete a few decades ago. We may have even adopted a sort of hybrid system between computing and the reliable old filing cabinet until we gained some confidence in what was then a new and unfamiliar technology.
Immigration to cloud hosting is a similar transition. Nor is it unusual to begin a journey into the clouds by keeping certain computing functions in-house. Remember: Cloud hosting is about increased flexibility, not additional limitations and stress.
While there is a very real need to stay competitive neither should you be pressured to simply leap into the cloud stratosphere without looking. Here are just a few things to consider.
Will your company most benefit from:
An externally hosted private cloud?
Public cloud hosting?
If you aren't sure, you might need some advice before you put your head in the clouds. Give the experts a call. The Intellection Group (TIG) can help. Contact us today or call us at 678-283-4283.