Blog Post - Glen Burson, Oct 24 2018

Why is the eCommerce sector moving towards cloud hosting?

Why is the eCommerce sector moving towards cloud hosting?

Ecommerce trends come and go but there are some that have more staying power than others. Currently, there is a strong trend towards cloud hosting and all the benefits it brings to the eCommerce sector. Retailers of all sizes are increasingly looking at cloud hosting options, for example to help improve the agility of the business and to bring costs down.

What options does cloud hosting provide?

Hosting in the cloud can be either private, public or hybrid (i.e. a combination of both private and public). Each of these options has subtle differences that may make one a better fit for a business than another. However, they all have an advantage over on-premise hosting. Migrating to the cloud provides eCommerce sector businesses with a range of key benefits, including:

Reducing costs

Depending on the type of cloud hosting selected, there may be opportunities to reduce infrastructure costs. Most cloud deployments can generate at least some savings for eCommerce businesses, particularly when compared to hosting on-site.

The ability to scale up easily

Scalable infrastructure has huge benefits for eCommerce businesses seeking to be responsive to customer demand and able to cope with sudden spikes in sales etc. It’s important to choose the right cloud licensing model, one that allows contractual scaling on demand.

Improving security

Gone are the days when the cloud was seen as a less secure option simply because it wasn’t on site. Most major cloud providers today have significantly higher standards than many eCommerce businesses could achieve with individual resources and budgets. Maintenance and testing of security systems is reliable with a cloud provider. The key is to find the right cloud services partner, one with the necessarily stringent levels of security in place.

A containerised environment

Containerisation is an alternative approach to virtual machines and one that is available to eCommerce businesses via cloud hosting. Containerised applications are considered more lightweight and faster than virtual machines. Google now uses them for most of its application infrastructure. Essentially, a containerised environment provides more flexibility and versatility and is something to consider for those looking into cloud hosting.

Remove the burden of maintenance and upkeep

Cloud hosting transfers these requirements from operations teams to the cloud service provider, which can improve operational efficiency and also ensure that standards are kept high with respect to security and service. For eCommerce businesses of every size, removing this obligation can free up people in-house to focus on other more value-adding functions - and improve quality standards as a result.

These are just some of the reasons why the eCommerce sector is moving towards cloud hosting. It not only represents a better choice with respect to costs and efficiency but also provides a wider range of options when it comes to flexibility and scaling.

If you’d like to look into a transition to the cloud we can help – our team can discuss the options for your business and which type of cloud hosting is the best fit - contact us here.

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