What are the benefits of cloud hosting?

Written by:
Lucie Sadler
Date Posted:
4 September 2018

Cloud hosting certainly isn’t a new technology, and the industry now offers many different cloud solutions. Some businesses are still holding onto legacy IT infrastructures though, despite the industry’s strong trajectory over the past few years.

Sometimes it’s useful to go back to basics. How can the cloud help your business?

Scale up
The cloud is flexible in terms of scaling resources and can accommodate demand and planned growth in a cost effective way.

You only pay for the resources that you need, rather than having a huge initial outlay of resources that you may or may not use. It’s ideal for unexpected traffic or marketing campaigns, so that resources can be added to ensure that your website stays online.

100% uptime
The cloud is more reliable than an in-house infrastructure, offering high server availability. Most hosts have SLAs that offer 99.999% availability.

Saves you money
The cloud saves businesses money as they don’t need to spend on hardware, facilities etc. The pay as you go billing structure also means that you don’t overspend on resources that aren’t being used.

Using a managed hosting provider also means that companies don’t need an in-house IT department, as maintenance, support, patching etc is handled by the host.

Performance
Most cloud hosts offer great server performance with powerful processing power, CPUs and SSD drives. Having a hosting provider also means that they will invest in the most up to date hardware, rather than having to purchase expensive equipment yourself.

Cutting-edge Security
Most hosts offer a full security suite that includes firewalls, VPNs, SSLs, as well as protection from DDoS attacks, intrusion prevention etc.

Hosting providers also take data protection and security compliance very seriously, with certifications such as ISO 27001, ISO 9001, ISO 27017, PCI DSS and Cyber Essentials.

Backup and Recovery
Cloud backups offer an easy, less resource intensive way to protect your valuable data. Backups are vital for security and business continuity.

System Integration
The cloud makes integrating locally controlled computer systems and apps manageable, and some processes can even be made automatic with different cloud services.

Accessibility
Access the applications that you need remotely on the cloud, enabling you to work from home, abroad etc

Your choice
There’s a number of different cloud options including public, private or hybrid, depending on your security needs and other considerations. All of these cloud services will be managed and supported by a team of specialist engineers, rather than needing the technical expertise in-house. 

We offer a range of cloud services including Managed Cloud, Private Cloud and Hybrid Cloud. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss these options further.

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