Cloud hosting is on the rise and with good reason, it offers scalable infrastructure to meet any computing need, cost efficiencies and unprecedented speed and reliability.
Data center and cloud hosting does not rely on just one server, which can lead to a single, local point-of-failure, but on multiple servers and internet connections offering limitless flexibility, storage space and little-to-no downtime without a large capital investment. If your business is growing or in multiple locations, this might be ideal for you.
Read on to decide if cloud hosting is right for your business.
WHAT IS CLOUD HOSTING?
Cloud hosting, in reality, is renting space at a data center where multiple, remote servers work together to manage and distribute your technology needs instead of the traditional, single server located in your businesses' server closet.
As your business grows, additional servers and resources can be tapped as needed. This ensures reliability and scalability that is easy to budget and an efficient investment of your IT dollars.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
In the past, most companies had a single, on-site server that contained all of the businesses' files and data. If this single server failed (or died) all date transference would stop and all files might be lost, if it wasn't already backed up on another server.
In addition, when people access your business systems or website from an on-site server, all the information is being served up from a single server, if you have too many visitors it can overwhelm your server, if your server fails, visitors including employees, customers and prospects are unable to access your website till it is replaced or repaired.
With cloud hosting, this can never happen as there is always additional space available, thanks to having multiple, remote web servers all working together efficiently.
CLOUD HOSTING BENEFITS
A major advantage of data center or cloud hosting is maintaining a healthy cost-to-resource need ratio. You only pay for what you use. If you use less, you pay less if you need more, more resources are immediately available.
By using a traditional, on-site server, you are limited to the physical constraints of that server and are responsible for all the accompanying costs including power, security, backup, and vendor support. So initially, conventional servers can seem less expensive, but in the end, they may not be, depending on your business needs
Cloud Hosting insures resources and costs are appropriately dispersed exactly as required to run your business right now and agile enough to meet unexpected - or better than expected - changes in your business with minimum impact on your budget
Cloud hosting makes scaling your server resources easy. You can scale server resources up or down immediately. If your business is experiencing a boom, additional resources can be dialed up, if you are experiencing a temporary downturn they can be scaled back to save you money.
With a traditional, on-site server, if there is a failure of any kind, your critical business systems go off-line until the server is fixed.
Alternatively, cloud server infrastructure is designed, provisioned, and supported with enterprise-level technology so failures of hardware is anticipated and planned for but does not impact how your business systems function at all.
If server hardware is compromised or experiencing an issue, your site or business systems are simply live-migrated to other servers in the data center – generally, with absolutely no downtime.
Data center providers know that to stay competitive, they must regularly update hardware and capacity. They deal with server upgrades and getting the “latest and greatest” which is often the most expensive part of maintaining a premise server environment. They make sure your server resources are always cutting edge and fast.
MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY GREEN
Cloud Hosting helps decrease your environmental impact by removing the need to buy and maintain your own, individual servers.
You also reduce power consumption, and the need to buy and house a physical server. You also reduce the energy costs needed to regulate server room temperatures.
In addition, by only utilizing the server resources you actually need at the moment, you are saving energy and resources.
IS IT RIGHT FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
The benefits of cloud hosting can be a game changer but, that being said, monthly operational infrastructure cost modeling is different than conventional, on-site server infrastructure.
The price of cloud hosting has decreased considerably over recent years and will continue to do so. As the long term costs and benefits compete more effectively against conventional server usage, cloud hosting will become more compelling to many mid-size and small business.
It may make sense to talk to an expert and see if the benefits make sense for your business. All Mountain Technologies is your local Vail Valley, Summit County and Roaring Fork Expert with a local data center dedicated to cloud hosting. Here is what Rob Bruce CEO of All Mountain Technologies has to say about the future of Cloud Hosting.
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY:
“Given the promise of pay-as-you-use cloud hosting plans and the rapid advancement of cloud applications many of our clients are exploring a ‘cloud strategy’. Many newer companies prefer to not buy, support, and replace on-site servers anymore.
Data management and security concerns still need to be addressed but the promise of lower costs and more focused IT delivery anywhere for businesses is achievable for companies that plan for it.
We excel at helping our clients find solution partners and applications that blend well with this cloud strategy. We often design transition stages of networks as our clients evolve from a traditional server scenario, to a hybrid infrastructure that is partly in the cloud, and then finally toward the desired end game, where much of their business IT is securely in the cloud and delivered anywhere. Our goal is to make sure they have the tools they need that help them run their business better now and into the future.”
-Rob Bruce CEO of All Mountain Technologies
AMT's cloud hosting service and data center is an integral part of helping clients “go to the cloud” and take their business into the future.
Get more info about cloud hosting data center offerings: Call All Mountain Technologies today to find out more about AMT hosting options and how they can help with your business cloud strategy.