Should You Move Your Small Business to the Cloud?

Cloud Server Hosting
Cloud Server Hosting

Cloud hosting services are gaining a fast momentum in the present internet age and are dubbed as the future of all Information Technology related fields, right from database management and data security, amid others. In simple words, cloud computing is the utilisation of remote computing resources, including hardware and software, which are offered to end users as a service over the internet. In other words, while using a cloud computing, one can put computer and software resources on the internet, to be used by customers in return for some consideration. The internet works as a medium for the transfer of service and information between the cloud server (or simply cloud) and end users. The service provider charges some payment usually based on a ‘pay as you use’ style model.

Cloud computing corresponds to looking at software as a commodity, being replaced by an online service that can be availed through the internet by paying some money. An online service can be called a cloud hosting service, if applications and computations are actually performed on the cloud and not on the end user’s machine. To facilitate interaction between the cloud and its target customers, web hosting service providers offer an extremely sophisticated and secure interface, using which the data or applications can be easily accessed and processed online, depending on the requirement.  

Experts believe that using an efficient cloud hosting service can help in cost cutting on the requirement of a powerful hardware, such as servers, computers, networking routers, switches, gateways and hubs, among others. Additionally, any individual or organisation can ask for a cloud based hosting service, in order to remove the excess functionality, traffic, computations and processing from their websites. Simply speaking, using cloud based hosting service is just like outsourcing any process from a third party. Prior to cloud computing based online services, organisations had to invest in large amounts of money for developing its own physical technology set-up, in order to keep large amount of valuable data secure using the internet.

There are a number of other parameters that hold immense significance to the cloud based web hosting services. Summing up the most prestigious areas for a reliable cloud based hosting service, cost considerations, data recovery in the case of a failure, data accessibility and scalability are few vital scenarios. The cost considerations involve overall reduction in money input, which is spent on the used technology, without compromising on the Quality of Service (QoS). A key reason leading to growth of cloud based computing services is the data security it offered by ensuring more than one backups, in case of an unwanted situation. Further, the easy and reliable accessibility of data using a cloud is another crucial merit of such online services, which ideally should be quick and highly secure (without letting unwanted users getting their hands on the usually paid service).

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