The cloud has become this somewhat mysterious place where the data possibilities are endless although it can seem like the Wild West at times. Cloud servers are designed, hosted and delivered via a cloud computing platform. They are just like traditional servers except you access them remotely rather than keeping them on-site at your location.
Cloud servers are created using virtualization software that enables a physical server to be divided into numerous virtual servers. Typically cloud servers are considered infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) because another company provides the servers, networking and computing resources. The IaaS is accessible via an online interface that allows the user to perform all of the normal functions, such as data storage, information processing, and specialized applications.
Being able to leverage cloud computing is a real game changer, especially for small businesses and startups. It’s helping make data more accessible and keeping costs under control for businesses that can’t afford to create their own dedicated, physical servers. No matter how large or small your company is it can benefit from using cloud servers.
Cloud Servers Can Easily Fit Into Your Current Infrastructure
Anytime you’re investing in physical equipment and on-site systems you have to figure out where to put it and how it’s going to work within the infrastructure you’ve already built. If you team up with a provider that offers online cloud management solutions, there’s very little that your company has to worry about. You can manage all of your cloud accounts from your office using software-as-a-service (SaaS) that can seamlessly fit into your current infrastructure. Everything is done virtually so you could be working out of a garage if you wanted.
24/7 Accessibility From Anywhere
Today, we’re more mobile than ever, which means accessibility is a growing need. Cloud servers have a very distinct advantage over physical servers at your site – they’re designed to be accessed from anywhere. All you need is an Internet connection to log in to your cloud management account and you can tap into the data you need.
No IT Team Overhead
The support that comes with cloud servers means you don’t have to cover the IT overhead yourself. There’s no equipment to maintain at your location, which means you don’t have to have someone on call to manage or fix it. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give your provider a call if there are any issues.
Cloud Servers Offer Ample Security
Security is everyone’s responsibility, especially in a company that controls sensitive data for thousands of customers. One of the biggest concerns about using cloud servers is securing the stored information. The fear comes in not having the servers physically onsite where you know who has access.
Cloud service providers understand security is a logical concern. If they can assure customers that their data is protected, then they won’t be in business long. Because of this cloud servers are often heavily secured. Your company will benefit from:
- · 24/7 monitoring
- · Firewalls
- · Anti-virus software
- · Host intrusion protection
Chances are the security is even better than a physical server you’d manage on your own and you don’t have to do any of the work. If security is a top concern consider getting a dedicated cloud server. This type of cloud server isn’t shared or distributed.
Infinite Data Storage
We live in a data-driven era. Technology has made it possible for companies to gather more data from more places with an ease that was unimaginable a decade or two ago. This data can provide invaluable information that can be used to grow a business, but you have to have a way to store and process it all.
One of the most liberating things about cloud servers is there’s no ceiling for data storage. You can also process huge amounts of data without any concern of overloading your servers.
It’s Easy to Scale Up or Down as Needed
If you build out dedicated, physical servers scalability can become an issue. You can balance the upfront expense and current needs with what you’ll likely need in the future. With a cloud server, you can focus on what you need now to minimize costs and easily scale computing resources up or back as you go. You have to freedom to adjust resources on the fly.
There’s Better Reliability
On the surface it may seem like physical servers would be more reliable. However, that’s failing to consider that dedicated, physical servers are standalone systems. If one piece of hardware fails it can cause the entire server to cease functioning. Cloud servers, on the other hand, are connected. If one server goes down, the others can step in to keep service up and running so the data is still accessible.