Published On: Fri, Jan 16th, 2015

What are the benefits of cloud hosting?

In the past few years we’ve been hearing more and more about “the cloud”, but many people still don’t really know what the cloud is, and what it could mean to their hosting options. Whether you have plans for a wedding gift website, or a multinational company requiring synchronised data all across the globe, you should really know.

To put it simply, the cloud, or cloud computing, refers to saving your data over the Internet rather than saving it locally as you traditionally would do to say a hard disk. The benefits of saving to the cloud are numerous, and although it might sound like something you are not familiar with, most of us have been saving the bulk of our photos to Facebook’s cloud for the last few years.

Photo: MoD/MOD

Photo: MoD/MOD

We have a tendency to trust things we can see and be sceptical of those we can’t, and that’s certainly the case with some people when it comes to cloud computing. To those people I would say, how many times has Gmail or Facebook wiped all of your data and been unable to retrieve it? I’m guessing it’s fewer times than you’ve had a hard disk failure, lost a USB key, or forgot to click the button to read-only on a floppy disk in the old days.

When you’re looking for new business ideas or inspiration, usually the first thing that comes to mind isn’t necessarily your data service situation, but I’d like to suggest that it should be. One of the key benefits which cloud hosting offers versus traditional hosting is efficiency. Efficiency will at least save you time and will probably save and make you money. The stability of cloud hosting means that you’ll no longer have to waste time talking to tech support trying to work out how to get your servers online and operable again.

The price of cloud hosting is another factor which can’t be ignored. Cloud hosting means that you can have faster and more reliable servers for a fraction of the cost of a traditional dedicated server. You’ll also be able to have the flexibility to access great performance, such as CPU speed and memory, without incurring the costs and server downtime in the same way as with a dedicated server. Cloud servers are generally agreed to hold the best stability/cost ratio performance compared with other options available in the marketplace.

There are lots cloud solutions out there, like Umbee Hosting. If you currently have a dedicated server ticking along that’s just about meeting your requirements, now is probably time to start looking elsewhere. It’s much easier to switch servers on your own terms! It’s much easier to future proof your business in the cloud than with dedicated servers, and most hosting providers will have a team to help you make sure you get the right package not only for today, but for tomorrow as well, cloud computing may well be the right route to go down.

Guest Author: Lolita Di

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  1. How cloud technology benefits paperless processes - PaperSave says:

    […] the Internet tends to be much more secure in this aspect. The Global Dispatch explained many have used Facebook's cloud to save photos for the last few years, for […]

  2. James Nash says:

    It’s really true that cloud servers are gaining popularity this year. I have read in this post http://www.lionleaf.com/blog/what-is-a-cloud-server-2/ the importance and usage of it as well. Do you agree that it may be staying for a longer period of time in the industry?

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