Cloud Servers for the Small Business?

Cloud hosting for the small businessCloud computing can benefit businesses in a variety of ways, enhancing IT services that would traditionally have been hosted in-house. When it comes to web hosting a cloud server can be seriously advantageous. Here are the chief benefits of this modern technology.

Cloud Chorus
Such is the level of hype and approval for cloud computing that some will feel inclined to respond sceptically when its advantages are vocally touted.

But as time passes and more people experience this type of service at first hand, the chorus of complainers is dwindling and cloud advocates are growing in number. Cloud servers are flexible enough to host everything from enterprise software to an entire IT infrastructure, which makes them perfect for managing websites.

To give you an idea of why the cloud is so suitable for web hosting, here are the chief benefits:
–       The resilience of the cloud means that downtime is kept to a minimum and a site should always be accessible no matter what circumstances arise.
–       Scalability of cloud-based servers means the peaks and troughs of capacity can be accounted for without the need to invest in significant internal infrastructure upgrades.
–       Costs are lowered because there is no need to pay for the maintenance of hardware or the monitoring of systems, with all this handled by the provider.
–       Security is improved as round the cloud intrusion detection and high end firewalls will be applied automatically.

The flexibility of the cloud also means that there is no need for businesses to buy into one-size-fits-all hosting packages which require them to accept a cut and paste approach to hosting.

Instead you can enjoy a bespoke service which is tailored to fit your requirements, giving you the option to manage everything from bandwidth to storage space in real time. And because the cloud is not dependant on the physical location of the end user, you can achieve all this even if you are out of the office.

As the cloud matures it is apparent that businesses are now more concerned about costs than things like security, since providers are proving themselves more than capable of living up to expectations in these previously hot-button areas.

When it comes to cloud costs, they are certainly falling, fuelled by the significant competition in this market and the fact that a number of providers are battling with one another in order to secure the biggest stake before things settle down and a chain of dominance is established.

For end users this means that the expense of cloud hosting will continue to fall, particularly when compared to in-house alternative solutions that might have been required in the past.

Since the cloud lacks the physical restrictions of many other hosting formats it should become the de facto standard for enterprise hosting in the next few years. Cloud hosting differs in quality throughout the world with even first world nations like Australia lagging behind on VPS speed.

Cloud servers are cost-effective, resilient, easy to manage and much more scalable than any pre-existing solution. Naysayers will always exist as a vocal minority, but evidence suggests that few who have really got to grips with the cloud are willing to dismiss it.


About Alice Aires

Alice Aires is a writer and reporter whose specialist subject is web hosting and the cloud. She believes that cloud servers will eventually host the majority of IT platforms, bringing benefits to both consumers and business users.Follow Alice on Twitter or Google+.