Article by Jerry Low
Geek dad, SEO data junkie, investor, and founder of Web Hosting Secret Revealed. Jerry has been building Internet assets and making money online since 2004. He loves mindless doodling and trying new food.
The Cloud is slowly replacing virtual private (VPS) hosting and dedicated servers. Although there are quite some different opinions and comments on which type of hosting service trumps the others, cloud hosting is undoubtedly here to stay in the main stream. Personally, I predict cloud to go even more popular for the next 18 – 24 months due to cheaper cost and lower technology barriers. (And, in case you are my regular reader, you should be aware that WHSR has recently ‘went cloud’ too – Read more about the switch and my review on the new host – WP Engine.)
What makes cloud a better hosting option? Why more and more websites choose to host their websites in the cloud?
Here’s a quick round up on why people (business owners, especially) go cloud.
Before, the primary means of communication companies use are phone calls and personal meet-ups. Whether internal or external communications are involved, cloud hosting makes it easier and faster for every company. Interaction within the company, with clients, and with remote services are made possible through emails, chats, or video conferences.
Companies can leave all the technical aspects of setting up their IT needs to cloud computing services. The clients are only required to do simple methods to get it up and running. Moreover, clients do not need to rely heavily on an IT specialist as they can handle cloud services with a click of a mouse.
When a computer fails, the document (or any data on screen) is lost unless it was being constantly saved. With cloud storage, companies can trust that their websites would still be online despite of hardware failure.
Internet marketing is already an essential tool for a company’s advertising plan. Cloud hosting provides software that will allow companies to market their business online. This includes email marketing, online videos, and advertisements, among others.
One of the reasons companies switch to cloud computing is due to its environmental benefits. As companies use fewer computers (and other hardware) with cloud computing, they minimize their monthly electric consumption. Less electric consumption means less carbon footprint for that company.
Cloud hosting uses multiple web servers on multiple geographic locations. As such, a client based on any country will be directed to a web server based within or on the country nearest to him/her. Websites will load much faster this way.
Cost-effective means are always a gain for any business, especially if the service delivers. Cloud hosting only requires companies to own a terminal with limited processing power, but the latter can already avail of a wide array of services, such as operations and management of the infrastructure, customer support, data backups and recovery, and service provisioning.
Personnel from the IT department do not need to concern themselves with constantly updating their software, as cloud hosting companies already provide for this kind of service.
Since the cloud hosting company works on majority of the IT department’s responsibilities, the company can now redirect the IT department’s efforts to other matters like internal issues and direct client services.
Quick answer: Security. I have written quick a few on this issue and in case you wish to learn more, check out my previous article A Brief On Cloud Hosting