Five Key Benefits of using Cloud Servers for Small Business

More and more companies are utilising cloud servers instead of the traditional servers as the cloud becomes widely discussed and maximised in different industries. According to IDC, worldwide IT cloud spending will reach $100 billion by 2016.

While the overwhelming popularity gives an opportunity for cloud vendors to pitch in, it is best to have a deeper understanding of the key benefits of small businesses before adoption and/or migration to minimise the risks. Mobile-cloud

Deploying cloud servers in a small business’ IT infrastructure will accelerate daily operations to meet the customers’ needs. Instead of working in an on premise environment, small business can operate in a cloud environment since these virtual machines run Windows or Linux operating systems. Once they are fully optimised, small businesses will experience the following:

  1. Scalable solutions with pay-as-you-go-model – Cloud servers are scalable, allowing small businesses to scale the resources such as the memory, CPU, storage, disk space and bandwidth depending on the infrastructure needs. Whether you opt a Linux or Windows OS, you can freely choose and pay only what your infrastructure needs.
  1. Faster loading of websites and/or e-commerce sites – Cloud hosting allows small businesses to host websites and e-commerce sites, which is more economical and efficient, especially if the website experiences traffic and visitors use it to purchase the products. A business online shop can leverage the ability of cloud servers to host it with 100% power and network uptime.
  1. Stability and security – Cloud servers have control panels, allowing the IT manager or administrator to manage your cloud environment. They’ll find all the resources in one place to configure the servers in a few clicks. Authorised users with a corresponding user role are allowed to access the control panel, making it more secured and stable. Small businesses that have multiple SSL websites can request additional IPv4 addresses if they decide to host the websites in the cloud.
  1. Data storage and easy application integration – Deploying cloud servers gives small businesses a stress-free backup and storage solutions. Whether files, big data or media, small businesses can store them in cloud files in any size. What’s good about cloud is that storage and backup solutions are highly scalable, allowing the users to only pay for what they need without having long-term contracts. With cloud servers, you can easily integrate apps like SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) using the control panel.
  1. 24/7/365 Technical support and cloud management – Cloud vendors have a 24/7 technical support to help you resolve cloud server issues. Most of them have FAQ pages, live chat and email support to answer any queries. They also provide step-by-step guide on how to use and configure the cloud servers. However, if you want to focus more on your core business, a manage cloud is a highly recommended solution whereas your cloud servers are managed by cloud specialists on a day-to-day basis.

While small businesses are known to be aggressive cloud adopters, it is also understandable that not everyone can be persuaded to migrate in the cloud. However, when it comes to overall agility, performance and scalability, these three directly points to the cloud.

Author Bio: 

Patrick Li is a tech addict who’s looking at ways to streamline business performance using cloud technology and other new services.

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