The development of Internet technologies has been a game changer for many businesses. Only five years ago Cloud technology was just starting out and now businesses are embracing its advantages to maintain traction and prestige.
Information Technology (IT) is fast-paced and ever changing. It has to be to keep up with the rate of developments in technology. It makes sense then that the way we manage IT will change too. It does not add up anymore for businesses to host their own data, and many of them are moving their servers and applications from local area networks (LAN) to the Cloud. In this blog, we look at the benefits of transforming IT environments with Cloud hosting.
Moving to the Cloud leads to better efficiency: businesses can get real-time statistics, and they can monitor and gauge services. The transparency that changing IT environments provides in the Cloud is useful because, using Cloud facilities, you can monitor the status of service, and consult resource utilisation dashboards and Service Level Agreement (SLA) scorecards.
Managing account settings inhouse
One of the benefits of being hosted in the Cloud is that organisations have autonomy to manage their accounts and application settings. It is more convenient for businesses to have the ability to manage these processes themselves because they do not have to contact a support desk for routine tasks. This contributes to a general improvement in business processes and collaboration.
Improved security and compliance
Security is always a big concern and hosting in the Cloud takes this into consideration. The different functions that a business system is required to perform might include customer invoices, orders being approved, payment of bills, support, and so on. By using the Cloud, it becomes possible to specify which users have access to information. For example, you can make sure that users cannot change settings or make orders that they are not authorised to make. Information is protected by being situated in an isolated infrastructure and it can be further protected by establishing security measures such as firewalls.
Cloud hosting provides all the support features that you would normally need for your IT team. The data centre that houses the servers will ensure several functions, such as seeing that you have adequate bandwidth to connect to your server, that electricity and heat generation is monitored, that Uninterrupted Power Supply devices keep the power on, and support staff will be on hand to restart your server should you need assistance. Naturally, the servers are maintained to provide the latest operating system updates and to facilitate your server’s optimal efficiency. Being hosted in the Cloud means that you don’t have to worry about running system updates yourself, it is done for you to ensure that your server is operating at its best.
Minimised capital expenses
There is no initial investment required for setting up in the Cloud, unlike the hefty outlay for your own hardware and software on your own server.
Hosting in the Cloud also means that you benefit from uninterrupted uptime and use a stable network that does not fluctuate and cause frustration.
It is vital to have infrastructure that is virtually and physically secure, is flexible enough to change as your business changes and that can adapt its usability according to your needs. What a convenience to be able to add capacity for a promotion period, for example, and then remove it when it is no longer required.
The many business benefits to hosting in the Cloud include effortless communication and the sharing of content. It makes doing business online a pleasure.
Your day-to-day business operations on our Cloud server are marked by convenience, flexibility and a secure IT environment. What is not to like? Find out more here.