The term ‘cloud’ is very broad and this causes confusion as to what is and what is not a cloud. For many, it’s enough to identify that they use cloud computing. However, IT professionals often refer to it as virtualized computing.
Cloud hosting is quickly becoming the preferred way to do business, mostly due to the agility and flexibility it offers. One of the biggest advantages of cloud hosting is the fact that it:
Affairs are ahead of development time. While developers and security experts are hard at work on emerging security standards and emerging data security formats, you can choose to be compliant with emerging industry standards without having to take on additional work. Cloud hosting means that your applications and data are quickly accessible and stored across a secure server.
Regulatory Compliance: The security and integrity of data transmitted over the internet is regulated by a vast array of laws. While security industry representatives meet outside of regular practice to come up with a CRC (Clerical Error Code) rating for each nation, the email security code is defined within each individual nation. As a result, it may be worth paying a little extra in order to gain higher security.
Accuracy: Cloud hosting assumes that your customers are reasonable and not overly demanding. Hence, it is important to ensure that information within the cloud is accurate, as it would be quite easy for the host to forget that particular piece of information. It also assumes that the customer’s expectations are low, which is why incorrect measurements lead to incorrect conclusions within the infrastructure.
Customer Support: Cloud hosting involves added expenses, and it is important to know that there is a backup should anything go wrong. The cloud computing service you choose should also be able to have your site up and running again in case of a failure.
Choosing a Cloud hosting company is a rather straightforward process, though you should bear in mind the following before selecting any provider:
1. Right cloud hosting company? – You should know your requirements well. This will enable you to choose the right cloud hosting company for your business. Good companies will be able to give you an estimate of the number of unique users you will generate in a month or period, unsure of the exact figure.
2. Complete data center facility – The cloud hosting company you choose should have their own facilities, as well as a separate facility for the servers. Providing customers with complete facilities for the servers means you will reduce the risk of having servers residing in a single location, and ensures that the servers are located in a physical, high-grade area.
3. Switchover from traditional hosting – You should be able to switch over to the cloud hosting service in case of any failure in traditional hosting. This enables you to eliminate the initial expenditure, which is often unnecessary.
4. Outdoor Physical Server Coachment – We know that physical conditions and weather pose a significant risk for outdoor physical servers. Therefore, we use professionally-operated data centers to house our servers. These facilities employ dedicated air conditioning units, as well as fire suppression systems, and thus, eliminate any indoor birth conditions or any other disasters.
5. 24×7 via internet – Any server selection services are also 24×7. This is a major advantage that any hosting company should provide for their clients. Traditional hosting services always had technical support but never maintenance support.
6. Keypad access – We all hate losing track of time. The worst thing about trying to maintain your server via phone access is when the person you talked to at 10pm wants to look at your site later. However, with hosting services, you no longer have to worry about leaves being cut off mid-way through a reset of the system.
There are many more advantages of using this service, and no doubt others will be developed in the future. Keeping in mind however that we are looking to manage a continuing and growing amount of client data, and with our own on-site facilities, we decided that it was time to give cloud computing a try.