What is Cloud Hosting?
Even though it behaves wholly as a single machine, that is not what the cloud is. The “cloud” is multiple servers acting as a group and storing data as if it were all on one server. The stored data can be accessed via web connection, and it has infinite storage space that can meet any requirements. Google Docs and Dropbox are a good example of cloud-based storage providers.
How Does it Work?
Each server carries out its own tasks, but they work as one. If a server fails, there is another server that can take over and fulfil the necessary requirements until the disabled server is back to full functionality. Similarly, if a server is overloaded, one of the other servers can handle part of the workload to avoid bad performance or an outage.
What are the Advantages?
There are a plenty of reasons that cloud hosting can be beneficial for a business. Here are a few of the most important:
· Business Continuity – In-house servers cannot guarantee that an outage won’t happen. Although no system is perfect, cloud-based services often have generators and mechanisms in place to restart the servers automatically.
· Accessibility – Important business data is available anywhere.
· Security – Cloud hosting services normally take extra steps to protect your data so that you can have peace of mind when you are storing sensitive information.
· Increased Data Delivery – By using multiple machines to process information, the workload is distributed and also takes some work away from your local hosts.
How Does it Benefit my Credit Union?
The benefits of cloud hosting are endless. The need for IT support is significantly reduced. Worries that come with having an emergency back-up plan can be forgotten. Your cloud host can work with you to come up with the best ways to protect your customer’s sensitive data. Perhaps best of all, you and your customers can access the data from anywhere.
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