Now that you are familiar with the overall benefits of hosting your business in the cloud from our first Benefits of the Cloud Overview blog let’s dive deeper into the benefits of increased uptime and scalability with the cloud.
Increased Uptime in the Cloud
Traditional servers only offer your business one server that is generally hard-wired and in a fixed location. What that means for you is that if the server goes down, is hacked, or is compromised, you will not have access to your business data, the ability to book jobs, or even dispatch technicians to current assignments. You essentially lose access to all your business data until the server is fixed.
The cloud offers your business an extra layer of protection from outages because they have multiple servers. If there is an issue with a cloud server, another server will take over immediately, meaning minimal, if any, downtime for you and your business.
If the power goes out at your office location, you can still access your software via mobile or off-site with the cloud. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you will always have access to your data. This also means you do not have to worry about losing data in the event of a power or internet outage because all data is backed up in the cloud.
You also have access to more IT support when you are cloud-hosted. Cloud-hosting companies have a strong IT team and can efficiently address and fix any issues that come up with the cloud servers.
With an increase in uptime, you will have happier employees and customers, which will ultimately lead to more revenue for your company since you will no longer have to deal with system downtime.
Scalability with the Cloud
One significant benefit of the cloud is scalability. Scalability means you can increase or decrease resources such as bandwidth, storage, RAM, and more based on your overall usage. Scaling can be done very quickly, with little to no downtime or disruption to your daily business.
Scaling with a physical server could take weeks or months and be very expensive, but hosting companies already have the infrastructure in place with the cloud leading to a simple change.
Scalability with the cloud is very convenient. Often with just a few clicks, you can easily add or remove whatever is needed for your business, unlike with traditional servers where your IT team would have spent hours or days increasing or decreasing what was required.
Cloud-hosting is also a very cost-effective option. You do not have to pay for a server or equipment, which can be pretty pricey and become outdated in a few years. With the cloud, you only pay for what you end up using or need and can scale that up or down based on your usage, leading to a more cost-effective option.
Increased uptime and scalability are just two of the major benefits of being hosted in the cloud. Stay tuned for the next edition of our Benefits in the Cloud series to see why more people are migrating their hosting needs over to the cloud instead of traditional servers.