Choosing a cloud hosting provider is a big decision, and you might not have thought about how it will affect the way you utilize the cloud-based system. In fact, you might be thinking all clouds are the same and that they’re boring. The truth is, clouds can be one of the most valuable and exciting pieces of your infrastructure, and may even surprise you by what they can accomplish with the right hosting provider!
A truly vibrant and robust cloud will be accessible to your employees through many mediums. What I mean by this is the ability to access files and program from a variety of machines depending on your security needs.
For instance, your operation may be able to allow certain employees permission to access the cloud from home computers, either as full- or part-time remote workers. They may also be able to access certain features using iPads and other tablets, as well as smartphones.
The same holds true for in-office, as many machines are internet connected now, including scanners, fax, and a ton of different medical machinery. These can automatically pull down and upload data to the cloud based on your preferences.
2. Always Ready To Expand For New Employees
Another surprise for many businesses is how easy it is to expand your cloud to include new employees, new logins, new workstations and additional processing power and storage space. With a few clicks and button presses, new logins and profiles can be added, as well as storage and processing space. New workstations are the most difficult as they are hardware, but no more difficult than any other workstation to install, and connecting to the network is very quick and simple.
3. Lower Costs For Servers
For many businesses, the cost of maintaining their own servers is a large ongoing expense. By shifting the cost to a lower monthly payment with a cloud hosting provider, you no longer have to provide space, energy and payroll to maintain your own servers, instead spreading the cost out among many customers and only paying for the space you need.
4. Data Recovery & Backup
Another awesome feature is the ease with which cloud servers allow for backup and recovery. With the information already in the cloud, it’s simple as the cloud automatically backs up the information constantly, and can swiftly back it up leaving you with less downtime.
5. High Security
The other great feature that stuns a lot of people is to know that the security of the cloud is often greater than the security your own servers can provide. Your servers are likely on site at your office, and while they may be behind a locked door, the servers a cloud hosting provider uses are not only behind a locked door, they’re in a completely locked and secured building with cameras, key card access, security guards as well as thick walls around the server rooms to prevent explosive or destructive force from affecting them, as well as block any wireless signals.