Cloud web-hosting continues to move onwards and upwards from its original inception and new developments make it an even more attractive proposition for companies who need access to potentially unrestricted space for their expanding online presence.
The transition from traditional computing based on the restrictions placed on it by the size of the hardware, to unlimited cyberspace, is exciting to say the least, and offers previously unimaginable creative opportunities for trend aware companies.
Better financial planning opportunities and more streamlined operation
Companies using the cloud can save a lot of money that would have previously been spent on upgrading computers in their offices to accommodate expansion of their customer database, for example, or development of more complex customer relationship management systems. Now all this information can be stored without the need for an upgrade, and what’s more, the access to it is easier than ever before by personnel who are on the move or working from home.
Consider changing your web-hosting provider
Integrating cloud computing may mean changing your web-hosting provider or at the very least upgrading to a cloud computing plan. If your existing web-hosting company is not up to date or has not invested in this latest way to do business, then maybe it’s time to consider changing your provider, and sooner rather than later. The worst decision would be to leave matters to the last minute and then find your schedule cannot accommodate the desired transition.
There are plenty of cloud web-hosting plans out there and some web-hosting companies specialize in just cloud hosting. Usually, but not always, cloud hosting involves sharing a group of actual or virtual servers; data is accessed via a storage area network (SAN), and accounts are managed using a control panel.
Asking the right questions
It is still possible to have the infrastructure in the geographical area of your choice, for example based in Europe if your company is European based, and SSL certificates often come as standard, depending on the quality of your web-hosting provision. Don’t be afraid to ask where your server or data center is based, and whether SSL is provided, when deciding on your web-hosting provider, whether cloud based or traditional.
One of the advantages of cloud web-hosting is that 24/7 availability is a realistic possibility, using both Linux and Windows. It is also possible to add capacity in a matter of minutes, in theory, in virtual space, and the costs need not be prohibitive.
Payment plans generally stay similar to traditional hosting, with monthly plans available, and this gives flexibility in terms of upgrading at a short notice, for instance if your business is fortunate enough to win substantial contracts or has to take on a news sale team, and needs the extra space to cope with the influx of new data straight away. Scaling up to meet customer requirements in a short time-frame should be a given, but check how reactive your web-hosting company is prepared to be before committing and talk to their customer support team
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