Cloud hosting has grown exponentially within the last few years. And with the top industry leaders dropping their prices to pennies, it’s not a surprise that more and more businesses make use cloud hosting services. There are several types of cloud hosting packages, and they have been created with the goal of addressing the diverse needs of the bigger or smaller companies.
When a company uses cloud technology, it saves money by keeping its hardware as it is for many years. In fact, most cloud services can be accessed using tablets and even smart phones. This feature alone increases mobility, efficiency and can save a lot of time.
Also, companies that make use of cloud services spend less money on software applications. Often times, cloud servers already have the most common applications (office, etc.) installed, so business owners do not have to spend their precious cash buying licenses.
Another important advantage when using cloud technology is the fact that all data is centralized. This means that all the information related to different projects, produced in different years, in different company branches of activity, and so on, is kept in a single place.
Hard drive crashes continue to occur even in cloud hosting facilities, but most providers will store the data in several physical locations. The data stored in the cloud is well protected, using strong encryption technologies, strong passwords and on-site security teams, people who make sure nobody is accessing your files.
As with any other technology, there are a few disadvantages as well. First of all, there is the permanent need of an Internet connection. When you are not online, you don’t have access to any of your data. Then, if your Internet connection has a low speed/low bandwidth, the services may lag and there will be long delays in accessing, editing and saving your data. As an example, when working with big video files, there will be latency issues.
When you decide it is time to start using a cloud, you may discover that some providers do not create customized packages for your business, so you may pay for features that you won’t actually use. Also, make sure to analyze the types of software they are using, as they are not all the same and the differences may negatively impact your business.
Cloud service providers don’t always offer 24/7 tech support, and this means that you may have to wait even when the things need to be addressed urgently.
These drawbacks are important, but when you factor in the much more important advantages, you quickly realize that cloud hosting is the only viable solution for the future.