When it comes to technology, people are always looking to move on to the newest fad and trend and no trend has been bigger in the past few years than cloud technology and specifically cloud server hosting.
But for many businesses, they may still be hesitant to take the plunge into the world of cloud servers. We are a firm believer in doing your homework up front so that you can make an informed decision before you make a major upgrade.
So, let’s look at some of the basics of the platforms as well as the pros and cons of such a set-up.
Is your server’s location secure?
The first thing you need to determine is the physical location of your server and how save it is.
For instance, if someone was to gain access to the actual building housing your sever, could they wreak havoc with your system? Similarly, if you house customer data or similar information, could a disgruntled employee cripple your company by stealing this data and leaking it or selling it on the dark web?
You would be amazed at how many hacks today are not performed over the Internet, but instead are the results of physical breaches on a company’s offices. With a cloud server, there are multiple points of storage for your data, all working together.
If one of these is compromised, then the others will step in to take over and compensate for this loss so you don’t have to worry about a loss of service.
Is your server’s location in a high-risk zone?
Although we don’t like to think about this, our web-based services are still bound by the real world.
If your server is housed in an area that is prone to natural disasters, such as the wildfires that hit California or the hurricanes that come through regularly on the Gulf of Mexico or east coast of the United States, then you may want to consider cloud server hosting.
Once again, if a disaster occurs (even a small one like a power surge or electrical storm that knocks out power), then you won’t have to worry about your website crashing. Your other servers scattered around physically but linked by the “cloud” will step up and take over for your website.
Is your office becoming too cramped?
If you currently house your own server in your office, then you know it can take up a lot of space in the building. If this is the case, you can completely free up the space by switching to a cloud server. Now, you can use that space for meeting rooms, office personnel, or computer terminals. This gives you a chance to help grow your business without sacrificing your server.
Are you worried about up time and maintenance? If you are used to having your own server on site, you may feel concerned about losing control of your network.
But by moving to a cloud-based server, you are actually turning over the maintenance of that server to trained professionals. You don’t have to keep a full-time IT staff on hand to handle problems such as your website crashing.
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This will be handled by the hosting provider’s staff. With any type of hosting package, you should look at how much support they offer and if you will have to worry about downtime. Many providers now offer 24/7 customer support and guarantees of 99.99% (or better) uptime.
There are many cloud server hosting platforms available including those offered by InMotion Hosting. If you are still on the fence about whether or not this is the right decision for you, contact one of these service providers and discuss the options to see if their cloud servers would be a good fit for your system.