It blows my mind that cloud computing is still one of those “new technologies” that businesses are weary of. In fact many companies are still in the mindset that this powerful, robust and scalable technology is not here to last. Many people have been using cloud hosting for some time and you know what, their servers still haven’t melted down. The reality of the situation is that there are some very compelling reasons to move to cloud computing environments for many different business needs. However, there are still some that see this as a fad that will come and go. Unfortunately this could not be further from the truth.
Amazon Does More Than AWS Cloud Hosting, They Have Our Countries Secrets
Amazon has become one of the, if not the largest cloud computing and hosting companies on the planet. They are most well known for their AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud hosting that let people host small or large apps, websites or just data online and only pay for what they use. This really is a killer service and of course it is 100% cloud bases, much like Lando Calressian in Star Wars. Recently, Amazon has taken a huge federally funded project for the CIA, that’s right the Central Intelligence Agency! This means, that our country’s most trusted secrets are safe on the cloud, so why wouldn’t your baby pictures be safe there? OK, of course in this case the cloud will be built in house, but this just goes to show the trust and reliability of this next-gen technology being implemented in one of the most important data houses in the world!
Redundancy Keeps Your Data Safe
So, here is where the rubber meets the road. If you are hosting sensitive data, rather it be a website or corporate documents, on a local drive and don’t have backups going onsite and off (the triad of backup), you probably don’t understand redundancy. This simply means that you have your information saved in more than one place and that if one data store runs into trouble, you have a way to rebuild your data structure. Redundancy comes out of the box with cloud hosting environments and this is a huge benefit that many people overlook. Redundancy by design, is where cloud computing begins. The idea of the cloud is that your data is stored across multiple servers in multiple locations, so forget backing up, it is done for you!
Unlimited Scaleability Makes Cloud Computing An Instant Winner
Many web hosting solutions, application hosting solutions and big data storage solutions are static, this means you are stuck with what you have. From a financial standpoint this means you pay for more than you get until you need it or you run into big trouble when you need more than what you have paid for. If you have a cell phone, you already know all about this concept and it is not cool at all. The cloud hosting options out there are ready to scale with your business growth or with data as it grows. This means huge savings as you move forward for most and for others it means that you will not overpay for a plan that you will never use, which in some cases is one hell of a money saver.
Your Data Anywhere, Yes Even In The Bedroom?
OK, that is just a silly heading, but you know what, it’s also true! One thing many small and big businesses struggle with is the logistics of collecting, manipulating and accessing important data from different physical locations. There are hundreds of businesses that are only around to make accessing your information easier and if you utilize the cloud then you can access your info anywhere. It makes no difference if you are in Jamaica enjoying…..the bananas..hmm…hmm or if you are in your bathroom on your smartphone, you can view and edit all shared content. A more realistic use of business can can be achieved by accessing your files from a tablet while at a client meeting, you cell phone while on the road and on your PC when you are in the office. Either way, the cloud rules for accessibility.
No matter how you think you may use the cloud, now is the time to learn more and get immersed in these fluffy little guys. Hey, you actually owe it to yourself to keep your data safe, accessible and scale-able for years to come.