Modern computing solutions now integrate the internet as part of their infrastructure. It’s no longer necessary, or wise, to consider using computers on a closed network that integrates only the servers or terminals a company has on-site. Cloud computing has changed the way businesses approach their network. With the introduction of cloud hosting, many companies that provide IT support services have changed the way they operate. Not long ago, an IT company could have simply provided the servers and maintained the hardware. Modern hosting providers are responsible for the software and the hardware. It might not seem like much of a change, but the benefits are clear.
Minimal Investment – Because the hardware is off-site, there is no need to hire additional staff for IT support. The hosting provider buys the servers, installs the software, and uses their own staff to maintain everything. The business owner or company leader chooses a service plan that fits their needs and pays a flat monthly fee. There’s no investment to be made in servers or software. The investment to make is in the on-site terminals, which can either be leased or purchased.
No Downtime – Hosting providers have their own infrastructure for implementing updates and upgrades. Part of that solution allows them to migrate customers to different servers when they need to. When a system needs new hardware, or needs critical software updates, the customer won’t have to go without their computers.
Updates and Upgrades – Often times as an operating system needs to be updated, there are issues that might not have been foreseen. New bugs, system requirement changes, and even crashes could be caused by substantial updates. Hosting providers have the benefit of an expansive test environment, allowing them to find solutions for potential problems before customers are affected.
Software Integration – Newer software can be accessed by several users at once, allowing an entire office to use a single installation of office software. Besides saving money on the cost of software, the cloud hosted software also allows for easier collaboration. An entire department will be able to work from the same document, all at the same time. This kind of integration allows for less clutter in the system and can increase productivity.
These new developments increase productivity and efficiency while saving businesses time and money. Taking advantage of what technology now has to offer can benefit companies in a number of ways.