Before the digital era, businesses would keep their critical operational and client data locked up in bulky office cabinets, the original data servers.Thankfully, the advancement of technology has helped to minimise the need for space while maximising the efficacy of data processing and storage (not to mention the enhanced security).
Add the Cloud to this impressive mix and it seems we’ve reached the pinnacle of data management. But when it comes to startup businesses, there are crucial options to consider when choosing between investing in your own server technology or making use of a hosting provider. In this blog, we take a look at what you need to consider when choosing a data solution.
Your business needs, now (and later)
Growth is one of the aspects of a new/small business that influences just about every purchasing or investment decision. You always have to be forward-thinking in a startup business, and as accurate as possible, if you want to make sensible decisions about future projects.You’ve got to be careful too not to spend a lot of money on a server, software, premises and staff when you don’t know if your expensive infrastructure can meet your present and future data needs.
Cloud storage and data hosting do away with this uncertainty, expense, and responsibility
The Cloud is agile in its response to your business’ changing requirements, and it adapts to suit you operationally and financially.You don’t have to be paying, for example, for expensive upgrades such as software releases and advancements in storage technology. Premium hosting providers do all the research and implementation of these technologies themselves so you don’t have to.
The operational requirements of your startup business will dictate your data solution
No two businesses are the same, and nor are their data management requirements. Each will demand a unique level of data management and storage space, some more complex than others.Implementing the systems and software to carry out complicated functions requires a lot of expertise and infrastructure. This can be costly. But when you make use of a Cloud hosting solution, they tailor the storage and management of your data to fit, and they have the resources and expertise to help you achieve optimal results.
Mitigating and preventing breaches and disasters is crucial
Data is the lifeblood of business and a massive data breach or an accidental loss of data can have serious consequences for any business. For startups, however, the loss of even the smallest amount of data can be crippling — both financially and reputationally.This is one of the risks you face when operating your servers in house.But data stored on the virtual server of a hosting provider is subjected to stringent physical and digital policies, and safety procedures ensure you have peace of mind.
An optimal, safe and secure environment to safeguard your data is essential, and the Cloud is the way to go. Virtual servers and Cloud-based hosting have revolutionised the corporate world, more specifically startup businesses with limited resources. At Ignite, we understand the unique challenges faced by new/small businesses, and that’s why our hosting services provide reliable and affordable data management solutions.
We provide cost-effective, month-to-month contracts so that your data storage capacity can grow with your business.
We are based in South Africa to provide hands-on support and expertise. To find out more about how your business can benefit from Cloud hosting, download our guide Reasons small businesses should migrate to the Cloud.