Cloud computing is fast becoming a technology that both businesses and consumers use on a daily basis, attaining mainstream popularity and notoriety in equal measure.
Cloud hosting for the purposes of virtualisation has a number of benefits, but before these can be explained it is sensible to start with the basics and work out what the cloud is in the first place.
Cloud Hosting Overview
In the past, businesses that wanted any kind of IT hosting service would generally need to set up an in-house server and arrange the on-premises infrastructure necessary to sustain such a solution. This was costly, time-consuming and in many cases impractical, leading to big firms racing ahead while their smaller rivals that could not afford to invest in hardware were left behind.
With the cloud, the responsibility for installing, maintaining, updating and securing server hardware lies with a dedicated hosting company. This means factors such as connectivity, bandwidth and power are also somebody else’s priority, not just yours.
Numerous functions are supported by cloud hosting, which can be used to do everything from storing data for the purposes of back-up and recovery to running business-critical software applications that can then be accessed from any device on any network.
For virtualisation, the cloud offers particular benefits. Traditional on-site virtualised environments were all well and good, but these were limited by the hardware resources available to a business.
As soon as you hit a processing bottleneck, in-house virtualisation loses some of its charm, but with the power of the cloud and its near limitless capacity at your back, there is no need to worry about such restrictions suddenly coming into play.
You can virtualise a number of different ecosystems using the cloud so that it appears you are using a cohesive system for data storage or app operation even if it is based at a remote location and running on different types of hardware shared by other processes and services.
Cloud Hosting Benefits
The word that is on everyone’s lips when it comes to the benefits of cloud hosting is flexibility, because this is something that is often entirely absent from on-site IT solutions.
The removal of the aforementioned bottlenecks means that your company has the freedom to really stretch its legs when there is a need for increased capacity over a short period of time.
Meanwhile, for normal operations you will have just as much IT might as you require, which means you only pay for what you use. Most of the problematic and often unpredictable costs of hosting melt away to be replaced by a simple subscription-based service that scales to fit in with whatever your business requires.
This inevitably leads to a more budget-friendly IT solution than might have been available to your business in the past. Companies of all sizes can use the cloud to drive growth and increase their ability to respond to an ever-changing marketplace.
Concerns over the security and stability of the cloud are generally founded on false premises and misconceptions that come from a lack of understanding.
In terms of both protection for data and apps and the amount of uptime that you can hope to receive, the cloud is usually able to trump on-site alternatives. In addition, your company will not be in a position of having to fix things when there are issues, since this is one of the main benefits of a good cloud hosting service.
Using the cloud for virtualisation is not a new concept, but as it becomes more prevalent it is necessary for all businesses to take note so that they are not left behind.
Courtesy: Daisy Group – a leading provider of virtualisation services for businesses.