Many companies are interested in implementing “the cloud” into their business, but aren’t quite sure how to do it. This is understandable because there are many ways to utilize cloud server infrastructure.
Cloud Hosting or infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is essentially taking the traditional components of IT infrastructure (hardware, facilities and IT administration) offsite and offering one unified, highly-available, scalable computing package that can be managed through one management interface. Cloud hosting offers computing resources on demand and allows you to pay only for the services that you use. The cloud service provider manages the data center, its environmental controls, power, emergency power, internet service providers, as well as server configurations, routers, firewalls and more, allowing the business to focus on its proprietary processes.
Ways to Implement Cloud Hosting
There are many ways the cloud can be utilized by businesses. Here are a few examples.
Outgrowing Current IT Infrastructure
Disaster Recovery/Off-site Backup
Environment for Testing and Development
Quick Solution for New Business Demand
Determining Infrastructure Need
Scalable Solution for a Growing Company
Overburdened IT Staff
New Green Initiatives within Organization
Outgrowing Current IT Infrastructure:
Infrastructure is growing exponentially every day, and many companies are running into the problem of simply not having enough physical room for their server and IT hardware. This can be easily resolved utilizing a hybrid cloud option. In this scenario, the company maintains their in-house infrastructure, but also contracts with a cloud hosting provider to provide access to a virtual data center that can integrate with their legacy equipment to provide an infinite amount of computing resources.
Disaster Recovery/Off-site Backup:
Traditional disaster recovery planning for IT infrastructure has called for mirrored server setup in an off-site location, which can be very expensive to maintain. It essentially doubles your IT costs. However, with a cloud hosting solution, a company can simply design a regularly scheduled upload of its critical data into the cloud. The cloud servers power up, load your data and then power back down. If your main data center has an outage, the cloud steps in as little as second. This is much less expensive than running servers all day, every day. Scenarios such as this can save a business as much as 70% in their disaster recovery costs.
Environment for Testing and Development:
Often, developers need a robust development and testing environment requiring a mirrored server set up where the application will be running live. Cloud servers can be quickly configured to match your needs, so that thorough testing can be executed. Once testing is done, turn off your server, and you no longer pay for that service or have to purchase a large amount of IT infrastructure that will only need to be used for a short period of time.
Quick Solution to a New Business Demand:
IT Departments can be overburdened by simply maintaining their company infrastructure and core business IT needs. When other lines of business or departments decide they want to run a new app, marketing campaign or business tool, they typically want it now. They don’t want to wait 6 months for the proper resources to be in place. With cloud servers, one can jump online, order a new server to be deployed mirroring your current server set up so that new initiative has the infrastructure it needs to be deployed. It can also be ended as quickly as it came on-line.
Determining Infrastructure Need
Sometimes companies buy server infrastructure for a new application or product launch, then find they either over or under bought. This can be a significant budgeting miscalculation. A cloud environment can be a great way to test the waters for actual infrastructure need in a live environment. Then, the accurate hardware amount can be purchased and the applications can easily be moved in-house through a simply drag and drop of the online management interface.
Scalable Solution for a Growing Company:
How does a company ensure that there is enough room for growth in their IT infrastructure, without being stuck with too much infrastructure and extensive capital expenditures should that business not grow as quickly as anticipated? Cloud servers are the perfect scalable solution. Companies only pay for what they use within in the cloud. But, if quick growth occurs, more server power can quickly be added on to meet the demand of the new growth
Overburdened IT Staff:
Hosting can take away many of the burdens of IT staff leaving them with time to focus on business development initiatives and proprietary processes. By allowing the service provider to handle the Cloud daily operations or even new business initiatives, the IT staff can focus on delivering quality service to their core business tasks.
New Green Initiatives within Organization:
Businesses are going green in record numbers. It is a philosophy that not only sells services and wins clients, but it is especially important as business IT infrastructures can have the biggest negative impact on the environment as they consume the largest portion of energy. Cloud servers offer a great power savings and reduction to the amount of carbon emissions emitted into the environment.
No matter the scenario, integrating a cloud hosting solution for your business need is cost effective for many reasons. A cloud server solution can be deployed in moments and managed from online software.