Why Your Business Should Make the Move to Cloud Hosting

June 26, 2013 7:45 am0 comments

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Cloud Hosting Services Provide Easier Access and Flexibility for Your Business

The majority of business websites today are hosted in-house on their own servers or by an outside vendor at a data center. This can give you stability, but it poses challenges when you need to grow your website as your business evolves, handle heavy spikes in traffic, support increased user activity and manage aging equipment.

To smoothly handle these challenges, it may feel like your only option is to upgrade your hosting resources and capabilities to increase the site’s performance and reliability and maintain business continuity. This means large upfront expenditures and website downtime, which negatively affect your bottom line.

Wouldn’t you rather devote more of your time and budget to your core business?

Enter cloud hosting. With cloud hosting you get a reliable, flexible, and scalable solution that eliminates the burden and costs of housing, running, and maintaining your own software, hardware, and network components. You also no longer have to worry about handling security, system updates, upgrades, backups, and disaster recovery−so now your IT resources can be more effectively used for the development of your business.

Cloud hosting is more agile and responsive than traditional hosting: it empowers you to better react and adapt to changing business demands. At any time you can easily get a website or app up and running in just minutes. Most services are fully automated as well, so the installation and deployment of platforms and servers is done for you, often with just one click. And, when your site experiences sudden surges in traffic or you need to expand your website’s features and functionality, you can immediately scale resources up or down as needed; you don’t have to wait for help from customer service to get an increase in bandwidth, storage space or CPU (computing power), or upgrade your hosting plan.

Plus, for businesses with small or over-worked IT departments or limited technical expertise, cloud hosting services offer 24/7/365 access to knowledgeable support professionals to answer your questions and resolve any issues. Support options vary by cloud hosting provider, but many offer a range of free and paid plans. 

Depending on the level of the support plan, you’ll receive features such as:

  • unlimited support requests
  • access to documentation, FAQs, and community forums
  • problem diagnosis
  • assistance with deployments, upgrades and system configuration
  • proactive server monitoring and alerts
  • priority response time
  • system analysis
  • database administrator assistance

All in all, with cloud hosting, your website can now keep pace with your business growth. And at the end of the day, that’s where your focus should be―providing the best services or products to your customers to increase your bottom line.

Migrating to the cloud is relatively easy, but it isn’t a fully automated process. Your IT lead has to work with the cloud hosting provider to create a migration plan that is safe, efficient and minimizes downtime.

Here are a few of the steps you need to take when migrating your website to cloud hosting:

  1. Transfer your current files via FTP and set up your email accounts.
  2. If you have a database, migrate those files and set up a new MySQL database with your cloud hosting provider.
  3. Change your domain name record so your URL points to the new server. This will take a day or two to fully propagate.

Now you’re ready to join the tens of thousands of businesses, from SMBs to enterprise, who are hosting their sites on the cloud.

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