Web hosting technology isn’t perfect, and neither is the future of web hosting: Cloud hosting. While a number of corporations and website owners have been slowly shifting to the cloud in recent years, stumbling blocks have put temporary stop on a full implementation. However, that doesn’t mean that cloud hosting has already peaked—far from it. Already, cloud hosting is largely overtaking traditional shared hosting for most organizations, but the transition isn’t quite as smooth as many people would like.
What exactly does the shift entail? For many website owners and corporations, both traditional dedicated and shared hosting are simply too inefficient to warrant the cost and hassles. Both models require customers to pony up cash to use space on a server—whether they’re sharing that server or they bought a dedicated one outright (to the tune of up to $200,000). Though dedicated hosting is a rarity, the few clients that do opt for it usually also pay for a web hosting company to do the management and maintenance.
Cloud hosting removes many of the hurdles that come with traditional hosting. But is it really that simple?
The best things in life are free…
…and while there’s plenty of free web hosting out there, sometimes you get what you pay for. In the world of cloud hosting, MarketsandMarkets estimates that it will be a $121 billion dollar business by the end of 2015. This will come after more hardware and software detachment happens throughout the year. Plus, it’s not just major corporations that have their heads in the cloud. More and more startups and small businesses will opt to welcome new tech and move into the cloud, too.
In a 2014 study compliments of THINKStrategies and INetU, “The Adventures of Moving to the Cloud”, 358 businesses were surveyed and it was revealed that cloud hosting transition is trickier than CIOs and managers initially thought. According to the survey, 50 percent of respondents said they’d either tabled their cloud hosting migration or failed entirely. A shocking 70 percent reported they had to make design changes, and many said their budget had to be re-drafted to fit cloud hosting migration in. Just 27 percent reported being “extremely satisfied” with their cloud transition experience according to the Managing Director of THINKStrategies, Jeff Kaplan.
Willing, but Not Able
The good news is that Kaplan says companies are willing to move into cloud hosting, but trouble occurs when it comes to logistics. Migration strategies can be a challenge when switching from traditional infrastructures like VPS hosting to cloud hosting, and safety remains a top concern.
According to survey results, “security” was the biggest obstacle and 27 percent of respondents said that was the biggest thorn. Nipping on the heels of security is “compliance” with 20 percent of respondents citing it as the top concern. Lastly, 13 percent said capacity planning was the largest issue and nine percent ticked off “monitoring”. Billing and provisioning make up just four percent of respondents’ top concerns.
Fortunately, there are many things companies can do to optimize security. A recent London seminar hosted by Public Sector Enterprise ICT recommends building up knowledge, being a smart shopper, ditching the “in house is best” mantra, and prioritizing quick wins as the best attitude to adopt when switching to the cloud. Will 2015 be the year your company heads into the clouds? If so, you’ll be in good company.