Every company must constantly evaluate how they compare to the competition. How a company manages their website and delivers Web content impacts their bottom line. Your Web host, for good or bad, affects everything from page load times to the visual quality of your site. Many large companies have used in-house hosting options for their website in the past. While there are many benefits to this type of Web hosting, hosting a website with on-premise, local server technologies are impractical. The cost alone of managing a local server can be a severe strain on an IT budget. In this post, we’re going to unpack some of the benefits of cloud Web hosting for small businesses.
Benefits of Cloud Hosting
Affordability: One of the most commonly referenced benefits of cloud hosting is cost. Think of cloud hosting services like an electrical outlet. Like your home’s electricity, you only pay for the resources you use. That means you can allocate the proper amount of CPU power and memory to meet your specific needs. Then, as your requirements change, you expand or reduce your service.
Scalability: As you can imagine, scalability and cost are closely related. You can’t have one without the other. As you scale up, it immediately affects the cost of your hosting. The good news is that with cloud hosting, scaling up or down is instantaneous. There are no complicated configurations to figure out; the provider handles the scaling for you.
Reliability: No business can afford extended periods of downtime. Small and medium businesses can rest assured that they’re using reliable Web hosting services. Since you’re sharing computing resources in the cloud, depending on your specific cloud hosting service provider, you’ll experience higher reliability than if you hosted your site in-house. Not only that but if you experience an outage, the hosting provider shoulders the up-time responsibility, not your small IT staff.
Management: With dedicated or in-house hosting, your IT staff has to individually install and configure every piece of software on each server. For standardized servers, they can use disk images, but it still takes time to install the images on new machines. With cloud computing, however, you can configure several default server images and spin up as many copies as your account can support. Your servers start up with your software already installed and configured.
Backups: Your servers are stored as files on your host’s cloud platform, so backups are as simple as saving the current server state and storing a copy. Cloud platforms do this efficiently because they’re set up to copy images to spin up new servers. In some cases, a full server backup can take just a few minutes, rather than the hours it would take to copy all files from a server to an external backup drive.
Cloud Hosting Helps You Focus On What Matters
One of the many frustrating aspects of being a part of a start-up or small business is that everyone wears many hats. In general, the smaller IT staff at growing companies is overworked and loses focus on the main objective: growing and maintaining the company. Moving to a cloud hosting provider frees your IT staff to focus on mission-critical business processes that grow and expand your business in major ways.