Picking a cloud host is serious business, there are so many factors to consider. Here are 4 pieces of advice that will help you make a better, more informed decision when looking for the right cloud host for your business.
1. Access is Important
Pictures on their website are great and all, but they hardly compete with being able to walk around the warehouse of your cloud host. A local cloud hosting company can be beneficial for many reasons beyond encouraging a local economy. You will have speedier connections based on the distance alone, but also be able to visit the site directly and talk to someone local when you have problems. A cloud host company that welcomes visits is obviously not trying to hide anything, which is a good sign, but will also be able to keep you up to date with their changes. Plus, as your needs change, they can help you move to different options, like colocation or dedicated servers which may require onsite visits, which are always easier if the company is just down the street.
2. Is this the Right Plan for Your Business, Now and into the Future?
With all the cloud hosting options out there, you should consider which plan is best for you. The best way to do this is to know what you need and hope to need in the not-too-distant future so your company doesn’t get stuck in their cloud hosting resources. This is the biggest mistake companies make when choosing a cloud host: not thinking about the future. So consider what you will need over what you have needed in the past. But you may be looking at the wrong thing entirely, so consider other options, like VPS and dedicated servers as well to see what your company needs. Which leads to our next piece of advice.
3. Can You Grow with Your Chosen Service?
As your company changes, grows, and prospers, your hosting needs will also change. A good cloud hosting company will be able to help you as your business changes, either by offering different services or adjusting your plan to your growing needs. One of cloud hosting’s benefits is you pay for what you use, which is great for small to medium businesses. But as you grow, you’ll need to change. A good cloud hosting company will change with you.
4. Make Sure You’re Secure. Actually Secure.
Cloud hosting, at its core, is less safe than other hosting options like dedicated servers because you are sharing a cloud with other clients, but this does not mean that your cloud hosting service is not secure. A cloud hosting company should have software and IT professionals who are able to keep your data safe from malicious attacks. This includes anti-virus software, possible limitations of use that all clients must adhere to, and IT staff who are available 24 hours a day to help if something does happen. No service is immune to attacks, but some companies take security more seriously than others. Always do research into the malware protection your potential cloud host uses to make sure your data and company will be safe.