Lets's have a look at the advantages of Cloud Hosting so that you can understand it better.
What is Cloud Hosting?
Simply stated, Cloud hosting is a server and network infrastructure that uses software to divide a single physical server into multiple virtual servers. Often, these devices are referred to as virtual machines or VMs.
Cloud hosting makes applications and websites accessible using cloud resources. Unlike traditional hosting, solutions are not deployed on a single server. Instead, a network of connected virtual and physical cloud servers hosts the application or website, ensuring greater flexibility and scalability.
- Applications and solutions are deployed on a cloud network rather than an on-premises, single server.
- Resources scale to user needs.
- Organizations only pay for the resources they use.
- Cloud hosting can support SQL (including MySQL) or NoSQL databases.
- Solutions are automated and controlled using APIs, web portals, and mobile apps.
Storing a company’s data in the cloud can protect it against accidental loss and malicious activity as well as from events such as fire, floods, and earthquakes. Cloud storage, especially dedicated server hosting, also allows users the protection of a cloud provider’s own systems for preventing cybercrime and other security threats. Although users still need to implement their own protections, such as managing passwords and permissions, migrating data to the cloud protects sensitive information from physical damage, human error, and cyberthreats with resources that are beyond the scope of measures that can be taken on local networks.
Additionally, when using a cloud hosting provider, overall data protection is handled by experienced engineers. They install interconnected security tools, can scale resources as needed, and may offer additional layers of security at login, such as 2-factor authentication. Additionally, the cloud server hardware is typically physically held in ultra-secure off-premise data centers.
2. Scalability and Flexibility
Cloud service options range from basic public cloud packages to fully managed custom cloud solutions designed to meet specific needs, and these can be scaled to meet a company’s changing priorities and ongoing growth.
Options include the public cloud, a low-cost solution that allows many users to share the same servers provided by the remote host; private clouds dedicated to just one user; and hybrid- or multi-cloud options that can be a combination of cloud and local computing, or a group of cloud services dedicated to supporting different functions.
As a business grows, users can scale their cloud service plans to include more storage, more applications, and more services provided by the host. That might include opting for a private- or multi-cloud solution to meet evolving needs.
Most cloud services offer a menu of “pay as you go” services so that users can change plans or add new functions as needed, without the commitment and expense of buying these services outright. And since plans can be upgraded or downgraded as needed, users pay only for the services they need at any particular time.
3. Data Backups
When you store your Sage or QuickBooks data in the cloud, you can rest assured knowing backups are ready and waiting in the event of an emergency! Data backups are automated and usually take place daily. So, it won’t be the end of the if you forget to create a copy of your data at the end of a long working day.
Consider your current IT costs. Those local storage machines and hardware don’t maintain themselves, do they? If you’re looking to grow your business, you’ll have to expand your data storage and hardware as well, especially if you’re using a more advanced version of Sage. With this expansion comes the responsibility of your IT team to maintain and update your local machines. And with that responsibility comes money.
Managing a heavy network of storage/service hardware and other IT infrastructure can become expensive and taxing on smaller IT departments. Offloading the storage and performance capabilities of your business applications will not only reduce the amount of investment you make in IT hardware but will also greatly reduce the burden on your internal IT employees.
Depending on the cloud hosting provider, they’ll handle the backups, maintenance, and updating of all your company’s storage needs, on top of the risk aversion. So, it’s a matter of keeping your data safe, your software updated and your costs down, versus potentially at risk, out-of-date, and expensive.
5. Convenience and Collaboration
When data and applications are confined to local systems, access is typically limited to clearly defined times and circumstances. But the cloud erases time and location constraints, so that data and services are available at all times, from anywhere in the world.
Any user with permissions and a connected device can access company data stored in the cloud, making it possible to collaborate across time zones and borders, provide round the clock customer service and respond quickly to any situation. With uninterrupted hours of operation and constant access to relevant data/software, documents can be shared and edited in real-time, and projects can be completed from remote locations all over the world. With the cloud, your QuickBooks or Sage data can be in the palm of your hand or on your computer at a moment’s notice, no matter where you are.
Cloud hosting services are popular because they can reduce the cost and complexity of owning and operating computers and networks.
Cloud hosting is widely seen as a better option than shared hosting because of its ability to handle large amounts of traffic, its improved security protection, and its reliability.