Businesses have many ways to store their data and important information. Two of the most common dedicated hosting solutions are via the cloud or traditional hosting.
Cloud Hosted: Your companies' data is stored virtually in the cloud on an as-needed basis. The cloud has multiple servers and data centers to help spread your information across these which allows for uninterrupted performance. You can access your resources from anywhere with only a Wi-Fi connection.
Traditional Hosting: Your company pays for a set amount of storage space on a single server via dedicated servers or shared servers. You are responsible for updating and maintaining your server, and you can only access your information from specific locations.
While there are both pros and cons to all hosting options, we are starting to see a shift away from traditional hosting and have seen companies migrating their information over to cloud-based servers for a variety of different reasons. Some of which are below:
- Increased Uptime: With multiple servers, the cloud offers increased server uptime and less downtime than traditional servers. If a server in the cloud were to go down, another server would take over immediately, so there is no interruption to your connection. For traditional servers, if your server goes down, you won't be able to access your information until it is fixed.
- Scalability: With the cloud, you can add or reduce resources like bandwidth, storage, RAM, and more based on your usage. You are only responsible for paying for what you use in the cloud. Unlike traditional servers, where you need to pay upfront for space of what you think you will need.
- Increased Security: The cloud offers increased security and protection of your data and information. If one server is compromised in the cloud, your information will automatically move to another server without downtime. There is an increased chance of things like hacking, hardware failure, or system overload with traditional hosting which will lead unaccessible data because it only lives on one server.
- Data Backup and Disaster Recovery: Your data will be backed-up on multiple servers in the cloud, unlike traditional hosting, where you need to backup your data yourself.
- Latest Technology: The cloud features automatic updates to the latest technology for everything you have hosted on the cloud. With traditional servers, you have to manually update your information which means you could be missing out on the latest features and enhancements.
- Increased Performance: With the multiple servers, you can expect peak performance for your websites and information. The load is spread out over many servers, which helps to maximize performance, load time, and speed for your websites. With traditional hosting, you have to compete with other companies' data and may experience slowdowns if you share a server.
- Freedom to Work Anywhere: With cloud hosting, you can access your information from anywhere in the world with a Wi-Fi connection. The cloud can be accessed globally because servers are located all over the world. With traditional hosting, you can only access your information in certain places due to its fixed location in your office.
- Environmentally Friendly: The cloud is much more eco-friendly than traditional servers. The cloud saves every for businesses and eliminates the need to have servers in your office, which helps to reduce carbon emissions.
The cloud is quickly becoming a more reliable storage option for companies due to its flexibility and customization to fit your business needs. Companies can now pull up and access their data from anywhere in the world and can do so quickly and for a lower cost than traditional servers.
Over the next few months, we will be providing you with more information on the benefits of cloud hosting. Stay tuned for our next Benefits of the Cloud blog that will go into further detail about the features and benefits of the cloud and why your business should start thinking about migrating their business from traditional servers to cloud-hosted servers.