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Demystifying the Myths About Cloud Hosting

  By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Cloud Computing

While cloud may not be the right solution for every business, it’s important to separate fact from fiction before deciding whether to shift to a cloud-based service such as cloud hosting.

As Ryan Niddel, CEO of Quick Launch Solutions explained, there are two main aspects of cloud computing: there is the data management side, which is primarily utilized to back up files (such as Dropbox (News - Alert) or iCloud). The other aspect to cloud computing is hosting services, which provides the infrastructure that allows a company to host its website entirely in the cloud.

One common myth about cloud hosting is that it is cost prohibitive. But cloud hosting for small businesses offers pay-as-you-go options that works for each company’s needs.

“While many hosting services take a one-size-fits-all approach, the pay-as-you-go model is more fluid, offering a billing program similar to those offered by utility companies where you pay for what you use,” Niddel explained in a recent blog post. “Using this model, business owners can spend 20 percent less than those using a dedicated server.”

Security and reliability are two other common concerns that are commonly misunderstood by small businesses. But the hardware virtualization architecture used in cloud hosting keeps systems working through redundancy, which means utilizing multiple servers to back up clients’ data, Niddel said.

Many small businesses are also under the impression that cloud computing is merely the latest tech fad and isn’t here to stay. The reality is more companies are shifting to the cloud from dedicated servers, and much of the new infrastructure being developed by startup companies is in the cloud.

Clearly, cloud hosting is here to stay and there are many benefits companies can gain from making this transition.

Datapipe (News - Alert), for example, offers managed hosting services that encompass full administration services, migration services and monitoring services. In recent news, the company was selected as a Preferred Solution Provider in Burstorm’s Cloud Service Network.

Burstorm is a specialist in moving enterprises to the cloud, and providing recommendations based on the latest available cloud computing services as well as the client’s own infrastructure, constraints and objectives.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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