According to the International Data Corporation, over two thirds of enterprise IT infrastructure will be cloud-hosted by 2020. Can you afford to be left behind?
As businesses seek to become more efficient and regain control over operational costs, the cloud presents a world of opportunity. One of the fastest-growing industry sectors, cloud computing and managed services are changing the way businesses of all sizes carry out many, if not all, of their everyday processes. However, companies are also faced with a dizzying array of choices when it comes to cloud migration.
What Is Cloud Hosting?
Before the age of ubiquitous broadband internet, businesses had no other option but to keep their computing resources in-house. However, this cumbersome approach to IT typically involved keeping servers, workstations and other expensive equipment on-site and managed by a dedicated technology department. The cloud, by contrast, gives businesses the opportunity to outsource their computing workloads.
Cloud-hosting services involve outsourcing workloads, application hosting and data storage to off-site data centers, such as those run by Microsoft Azure. In addition to these public cloud networks, businesses can also outsource their IT to a private- or hybrid-cloud infrastructure over which they have a similar degree of control as they have over in-house computing systems.
Benefits of Cloud Hosting
Scale with Demand
With salespeople tirelessly trying to encourage businesses to do away with old tech, it’s no wonder that some business leaders have become disillusioned with digital transformation. However, there’s no denying that dated on-premises technology can and will become a barrier to growth. On the other hand, cloud hosting providers have reached economies of scale that allow technology infrastructures to grow with ease.Access Systems from Anywhere
Empowered by modern technology, the workforce is becoming increasingly mobile, which means that businesses need to prioritise accessibility as an integral part of the user experience. Cloud-hosted resources, such as Office 365, online storage or even entire virtualised servers and desktops, are accessible from any device connected to the internet, regardless of the operating system it’s running.Reduce Upfront Costs
The high upfront costs of server upgrades, new workstations and software licenses are among the biggest barriers to business growth. Furthermore, there’s the constant need for maintenance, systems implementation and other significant expenses that companies need to worry about. Cloud hosting does away with all that by instead providing IT services in the form of predictable operational costs.Enable Real-Time Collaboration
Physical boundaries no longer need be a barrier to capitalising on new markets or reaching out to the best talent from around the country and beyond. With 24/7 online access to all cloud-hosted apps and resources, employees, partners and freelancers alike can collaborate in real time regardless of their physical locations. Simply put, it has never been easier (nor cheaper) to work as a team.Guarantee Business Continuity
Relying purely on in-house computing resources is a perfect example of leaving an entire system open to a single point of failure. One natural or manmade disaster, and business comes to a grinding halt, potentially leading to a company closing its doors for good. A dependable cloud-hosting service comes with built-in redundancy thanks to off-site data centers and integrated disaster-recovery.
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- Hosting infrastructure support
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- Application management services
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- Unit testing and documentation
- Service level agreements (SLA)