Cloud computing offers versatility, flexibility, and cost-efficiency and allows your users to work from anywhere in the world on any device.
What Is a Cloud Server?
A cloud server is virtual rather than physical. Instead of sitting in your office server room, it is accessible to your business via the cloud, which means it is accessible from any location, perfect for remote work or multiple office locations. Every cloud server is completely customizable, offering yet another advantage over physical, on-premise servers. With managed cloud server solutions, your company will see all of these benefits and more.
Understanding the Benefits of Cloud Server Solutions
Cloud servers are beneficial to small and medium-sized businesses in several ways.
Cost Savings of Cloud Computing
First, cloud servers are affordable and cost-efficient. When you use a cloud server you pay for what you need, and what you use. If your server usage spikes, for example, if you are selling online during a holiday season, your cloud server will respond by scaling up during that period. So, you pay for the increased usage only when it is needed. When the spike is over, resources scale back down and you return to a lower price. This way, you do not have to worry about upgrading a package only to find that you are spending on resources you do not need all of the time.
Server racks or dedicated server rooms and closets can take up a lot of space in a small business and can be an overwhelming prospect for a small, or non-existent IT team to take on. Large companies have the resources to run entire server rooms with all of their complexities, but that is because they also have upsized resources for office space and tech professionals. We recognize that small businesses have unique needs, which is why our cloud server solutions are tailored to those outside of the enterprise realm.
If your company is growing, or you have plans to expand, cloud server solutions are perfect for accommodating your future needs, now. If you outgrow your in-house storage, you need to invest in more servers, more hardware, and more space and personnel to handle your upgraded system. But that same cloud scalability that helps your business through surges also works for sustained growth.
If you have ever experienced downtime thanks to a physical server outage, you know how frustrating it can be. With cloud server solutions, reliable uptime is the norm, as you no longer have to worry about hardware failure and other physical issues. If one cloud server has an issue, your information is transferred to another, seamlessly. And, with that previously mentioned scalability, an unexpected surge won’t take your system down either.
It is common for small and medium-sized businesses to invest in IT infrastructure slowly over time, which spreads out costs but makes it challenging to get servers working in sync. When you work with cloud servers, all of the servers linked to your company are integrated with one another. Every file and every piece of information is available without having to worry about slow connectivity between various servers.
Disaster recovery and data backups should always be a concern for businesses, but often, smaller companies lack the workforce and other resources to plan well for the worst-case scenario. If all of your company’s information is sitting on a server located at your business, it is in a precarious situation. Natural disasters, cyberattacks, and other emergencies can take that server out, and all of your valuable information with it.
Using the cloud, however, your information is safe elsewhere, and accessible from anywhere. You can easily keep business continuity through accessing the data stored in the cloud, whether you are using it to restore backed up information, or working off the cloud when there is a problem on-site.
Your backups will also be more reliable and accurate. A cloud server setup means data can be backed up in the cloud, automatically, in regular intervals rather than relying on someone to back up information to your in-house server manually. If you need to rely on that backup, the information is more up to date.
All of this comes with increased security over the average physical server. If anything happens to your company’s hardware, the data still resides in the cloud, safe, and accessible to your business. You can collaborate, share, and access information in a secure environment, avoiding potentially risky email or file transfers. With managed cloud server solutions, you also benefit from the IT and cybersecurity expertise of a team of professionals who are dedicated to keeping your server securely online.
Cloud server solutions will ultimately save your business both time and money. You will not need to invest in server hardware, nor will you need to budget for upgrading, repairing, or maintaining this physical equipment. You will also save money on the personnel costs of installing and managing a server, as your managed service provider handles that. With little to no downtime, improved productivity, and easier collaboration, you are on track to do more with what you have.
Getting Started with Cloud Server Solutions
When you choose cloud server solutions, we migrate your business with ease, ensuring you do not lose data. You may be surprised at how quickly we can migrate everything over in the background, so you can keep working without any outages.
You may prefer a hybrid between cloud server solutions and on-premise storage, which we can implement to benefit you. Our cloud server solutions are custom-built for your company, expanding on your strengths and mitigating any weak spots to create a system that makes your business better.
Before we suggest any technology or services, including cloud server solutions, we thoroughly analyze and examine your business, what is working, and what will help you reach your goals. We consider ourselves partners in your success, and we are dedicated to customer service.
To learn more about cloud servers, reach out to our team. Contact us online, call us at 510-552-6896, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.