Cloud Server Hosting
In the past, smaller businesses had to settle for inferior IT infrastructure and servers because of limited resources. This makes it difficult to compete against bigger companies as they are able to deploy expensive enterprise-level on-premise systems that dwarf what any infrastructure small businesses can build on their own.
Fortunately, the cloud happened. Cloud server hosting provides businesses access to enterprise-level infrastructure and servers without the need to spend on expensive hardware and installations.
Affordable Enterprise-Level Hosting Solutions
Cloud server hosting is basically about providing businesses with virtual servers, rather than on-premise physical servers, that is running in a cloud computing environment. These servers are delivered to businesses via the Internet.
This means businesses no longer have to house the servers on their offices anymore and just needs to have stable internet to access the cloud servers.
Advantages of Cloud Hosting Solutions
The delivery method of cloud server hosting has given it several advantages and benefits that not even expensive enterprise on-premise systems can provide big corporations.
1: Access Data and Software Applications from Anywhere
The main problem with on-premise systems is that its reach is limited within the location it is set up. Once the user is out of the covered area, they no longer have access to the network.
The cloud, however, has no such limitation. As long as the user has a web-connected PC, laptop, or mobile device, they will be able to access their office network from anywhere. This means they will be able to access important files and use business applications even when they are away from the office.
This provides businesses with a level of flexibility and mobility that they can’t achieve with on-premise systems.
2: An IT Infrastructure that Grows as Your Company Grows
On-premise systems are notable for being difficult to scale. As the company grows, it will need to add more users and, in the future, they might want to open a new location. Adding new users would require new hardware and installing new cabling. Not to mention that you have to buy new servers because you would need a bigger capacity and the current ones are deteriorating as well.
If the business plans to open a new location, it will be more expenses. The organization would have to build a new and separate IT infrastructure to support the new location.
Fortunately, the cloud is the exact opposite. Adding users and server capacity is convenient and easy. It is just a matter of expanding your subscription plan if the current one is no longer able to support the growth of the business. Moreover, you have to remember that the cloud can be accessed from anywhere, which removes the need to set up separate systems for each office or location. One cloud hosting solution account can cover multiple locations.
3: No-Maintenance and Automatic Updates
The responsibility of maintaining the IT infrastructure falls to the owner. Since on-premise systems are owned by the business, they also are responsible for making sure it is in tip-top shape. This means hiring special IT manpower dedicated only to monitoring and managing your network.
With a cloud-hosted solution, the maintenance of the network and the servers falls on the provider. Since this is their main service, they have the expert manpower to keep your cloud-hosted servers running smoothly at no additional cost. In addition, any upgrade or update done by the provider to the system is also rolled out automatically to all subscribers. No more need to install it per client.
4: Full Control Over the Servers
A lot would argue that on-premise systems grant businesses full control over their IT infrastructure. However, businesses can also have full control over their servers even if they are hosted in the cloud.
In fact, there are virtually no limits to what organizations can do. They have the choice of what operating system to use. It can be based on Linux, BSD or even MS Windows. While the data center is owned by the cloud provider, they are considered servers of the business as long as they are subscribed to the service.
Shift your Network to the Cloud with thinkIT Solutions
As seen above, the enterprise-level priced on-premise systems are no longer the best option as an IT infrastructure and server solution, especially for small and medium-sized businesses.
Why spend thousands of dollars when you can have top-notch cloud server hosting for a fraction of the price with better features, usability, and accessibility.
thinkIT Solutions can help you with your shift to the cloud. For expert cloud solutions, contact us now at (504) 608-1132!
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