Serving e-Commerce Businesses with Modern Cloud Solutions

Over the past several years, one of the most talked about advancements in the IT world has been cloud technology. Improvements have been made to deal with the old virtualizations problems that included price, scalability and security. With improvements made in these areas, cloud computing has become a viable option for e-Commerce hosting. With this virtual infrastructure, there is no more need to have a local server on the premises to hold all your data. Cloud infrastructure hosts the product data on multiple servers, usually a hybrid-cloud, which provides almost one hundred percent uptime and greater protection from failover. There are several advantages of moving to the cloud for any e-Commerce business and they include:

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  • Greater scalability – The cloud is considered elastic due to its ability to scale both up and down on demand. With an e-Commerce site, there will be seasons of high traffic such as when launching a new product or when the holidays roll around that will create the demand for additional resources for the short term.
    With virtualized hybrid-cloud infrastructure, you can quickly spin up and when the high season or the promotion has come to an end, you can then downgrade. This is ideal because your hosting costs are not fixed. Instead, they are scalable based on business growth. You will only be paying for what you have used without having to worry about a long-term contract.
  • Financial Savings – One of the major reasons why business applications are often moved to the cloud is cost. Nobody wants to pay more than they have to for anything, especially if they have an eye on the bottom line. Developing and then deploying an e-Commerce site has a cost associated with it, but, it is nothing when compared to the cost of purchasing hardware and paying for bandwidth. Moving to the cloud saves companies as much as 80% of the costs that have come to be associated with rolling out an e-commerce site.
  • Increased Speed – If you need to roll out your e-commerce site ASAP, then you need to get on the cloud. It is 5 times faster to roll out on cloud and you will be selling within no time at all. A physical machine is a lot slower to deploy because just setting up a data center and then carrying out your network monitoring and network troubleshooting could take weeks.
  • Better Security – Even though most businesses think that the security of a virtual network is not as good as their own, it has been found that most cloud services offer security that may be equal to what the company already has in place or even better than what most companies have in place. Virtualization issues regarding security are now becoming history.
  • Reduced Risks – The risk of losing data with cloud hosting is minimal. This is because they offer virtualization troubleshooting that catches any problems before they have the opportunity to cause data loss. Additionally, they provide quick backup such that there is hardly any risk of loss.
  • Easier to Manage – When it comes to e-commerce solutions, the simpler the solution the faster it works and in this case speed gives you a competitive advantage. When you have a web-based console that is intuitive, then your infrastructure becomes easy and fast. With these automated capabilities, your site will become more efficient and you don’t have to worry about compromising control.
  • Awesome Disaster Recovery – Most companies find disaster recovery measure to be too unreliable, complex and expensive to invest in. As such, they only invest in them to safeguard their mission-critical applications. Cloud computing makes disaster recovery so much easier because you can clone a VDI or a VM in just a few minutes. The cloud service provider is able to provide automated disaster protection easily and in a cost-efficient manner.

Organizations and enterprises should make having e-Commerce web applications readily available one of their highest priorities. The reason for this is that they rely on a basic principle that says the supply of real-time data is crucial if they are to be assured of resiliency and if they are to render the possibility of points of failure redundant even as high standards of consistency and dependability are maintained.

About the author: Kevin Patel is a Service Assurance Technology Analyst at Xangati. A self-proclaimed tech geek, with a passion for the ever-changing world of virtualized and hybrid-cloud environments. Kevin has a passion for dissecting tech topics such as virtualization, data center migration, storage, networking and cloud. On his days off, he can be found watching sci-fi movies, rock climbing or volunteering.