5 Things to Know About Cloud Hosting

5 Things to Know About Cloud Hosting

just cloud 5 Things to Know About Cloud HostingHave you ever wondered why some words are called “buzz words?” It's mostly because those words are used so much that they create a buzz. Buzz words happen when topics are extremely popular. Kind of like the term: cloud hosting. Every hosting company today claims to offer something that's related to the cloud, but few companies actually offer legitimate cloud hosting.

So, how can you tell when you're getting cloud and when you're getting hoodwinked? Here are five things to look for in a cloud hosting provider.

1. There's no physical storage : Did that hosting provider promise you cloud options with physical storage? That's a zero in my book! Look for a new provider!

2. Pay-per-use options : Most cloud providers offer you a pay-per-use option. This means that you pay for what you use. That's the beauty of the cloud, friends.

3. Clearly defined expectations : What are you going to get out of your cloud package? The bit tip-off that a cloud company isn't so white and fluffy is when that company can't explain services to you at all.

4. On-demand options : The really great thing about the cloud is that you can have access to a number of options on-demand. That means that you don't really have to wait around to set things up or change things.

5. No investment in actual servers : Cloud options are shared options without any real investment in a server. Again, this goes back to the whole ‘not physical' thing.

5 Things to Know About Cloud Hosting: Some Possible Cloud Drawbacks

It's hard to imagine that the cloud could have some drawbacks, since cloud hosting companies are so popular these days, isn't it? But, the truth is that most cloud companies do come with some things to watch out for.

The number one concern of most small businesses is that cloud options may be too expensive. This can be true if the one year rule applies. What is the one year rule?

Most cloud companies offer a minimum 1-year cloud contract. The price of going to the cloud may not be justified if you aren't generating any revenue. If you can find a really good pay-as-you-go option, this price can be worth it – if not, that one year contract may hurt a bit.

Another important note: make sure that you own your own data. Sometimes, this isn't the case.

5 Things to Know About Cloud Hosting: The Good Stuff

Of course, there are a number of great things about the cloud. In most cases, the cloud is a less expensive option. There's also the accessibility factor to think about. The cloud is far more accessible than most other hosting options due to that on-demand attitude. When it comes to hosting, you want what's on-demand.

Plus, the cloud is a lot easier to use when it comes to transferring files – just be sure that files you want to transfer belong to you. As you can see, there are benefits and drawbacks to going to the cloud. But, first, make sure that cloud option is actually cloud-based – you'd be surprised at how many cloud companies are securely planted on the ground!

What Shouldn’t Be Sent to the Cloud?

What Shouldn't Be Sent to the Cloud?

cloud hosting Sent to the CloudCloud hosting is something that we've talked about frequently on this blog. It's also the newest thing in web hosting, and it's something that a lot of you are probably considering. But, we know that you have questions about cloud hosting too.

One of the questions that we get a lot is: should I send everything to the cloud? We also tend to get: is there anything that I can't or shouldn't send to the cloud? Let's answer those questions, so that you can feel more secure when it comes to cloud options.

What Should You Send to the Cloud?

It's safe to send most things to the cloud as long as those things aren't detrimental to your business. It's also imperative that anything sent to the cloud is completely secure. Let's get into security a bit more.

You have a company security policy, right? Well, the cloud hosting company that you are considering might not have the same policy. In fact, cloud hosts don't have to go with the policy that you have in mind. That means that you really need to check up on a hosting company's security policies before sending anything to the cloud.

Make sure that all data is encrypted, that you have access to cloud keys, and that your files cannot be accessed by anyone at any time – other than yourself or the one other person you put in charge of those files. Ok? If these things aren't put in place, don't send those sensitive files to the cloud – and even then, don't send sensitive files that haven't been backed up to the cloud.

What Shouldn't Be Sent to the Cloud?

If you have some data that would ruin your company were it discovered, don't send it to the cloud. Make sure that you back that data up elsewhere – at least two times. Or, make sure that your cloud company signs your privacy documents. Either way, you'll want to have a cloud backup in addition to another form of backup.

Is the cloud safe? That question can't be answered as broadly as it is asked. It all depends on the cloud hosting provider that you are choosing to work with. If you want to know whether or not a specific provider is safe, we can help you find out. Or, you can take a look at our many cloud hosting security posts on this site.

Cloudy Questions

When it comes to the cloud, things are still somewhat confusing. The cloud is relatively new, in the scheme of things, after all. So, do keep this in mind when it comes to finding a cloud provider. If you aren't sure about one provider, make sure to ask us.

Got a file that you're not sure about sending to the cloud? Let us know what your fears are first, and we can answer your questions here. When it comes to the cloud, you never can be too safe!

Make Your Cloud Company Rain: 5 Ways To Attract New Cloud Business

Attract New Cloud Business

Cloud Company Rain Ways To Attract New Cloud BusinessIt can be hard to stand out as a cloud hosting company in a sea of big hosting names like Amazon. How can you compete against AWS and draw in new customers? It's not an easy road to take, but it's one that can become simpler to navigate if you take into account the following five cloud hosting tips.

Just one note before you read on: this article assumes that you've determined your target market. Don't be overly anxious and attempt to reach everyone. A niche market is always a paying and dedicated market, so do keep this in mind! Now, onto those tips…

5 Ways To Attract New Cloud Business:

1. The Power Of Social Media.

Offer something of value and customers will sign up. It's as simple as that. But wait, how can you let people find out about what you're offering? Use your social media accounts! It really is that simple. Come up with a special offer and post it to Facebook and Twitter, enticing people to find out what it's all about. Ultimately, this will end up in new clients signing up for your cloud hosting services.

2. Trade Shows And Conferences.

Set up a table at a tech conference, and offer materials for attendees to learn about your company and what it offers them. Talk to everyone that comes to the table and find a way to obtain their contact information. It isn't enough to wait for them to call you. Take control and contact them!

3. Host Your Own Events.

Run a “Getting To Know The Cloud” event periodically, allowing customers to learn what the cloud is all about. You can do this via video, through an online meeting, or in a real world setting. Keep it basic, the idea is to introduce people to the cloud as it really is.

Most people feel the cloud is an unsafe environment, while others don't know a thing about it at all. If you can get through to these people and teach them a thing or two about cloud infrastructure, they'll be more likely to jump on board.

They'll trust you much more than others because you do more than offer them a hosting solution. You took the time to explain why the cloud will work for their business, or why it wouldn't, and that means the world.

4. Get Involved.

Do something that has nothing to do with cloud hosting. Get out there and organize a community cleanup, help at an animal shelter, or host a charity event. Sometimes, the easiest way to attract new customers is to get out there and let them get to know you better. When you appear more human and don't try to sell them a hosting package, they'll be more apt to contact you down the road. Be sure to blog about the event, both before and after. Include some pictures of you lending a helping hand! HostGator is one company that's great at stepping outside of the hosting bounds!

5. Change.

Whether it's your website design, or adding to what your business has to offer, changing things up is always a good idea. Generate excitement about your new blog and social media accounts, and give something away, whether it's a free month, an add-on service at no cost, or even a Visa gift card.

Do you have a great way to attract new customers? We want to hear about it! Share it with us by commenting below.

 

Photo From Gonmi Via Flickr Creative Commons – Thanks!

Best Cloud-Based Developer Tools: Our List

Best Cloud-Based Developer Tools

urban airship Best Cloud-Based Developer ToolsLooking for some of the best cloud-based developer tools? The selection is a bit overwhelming, right? You're sure to have a few favorites that you already use, but there may be one or two in this list that you haven't heard of yet. Take a look.

1. Heroku : more than one-million applications have been launched using Heroku. This is the first multi-language cloud application program, and it's one of the most popular available.

2. Urban Airship : okay, I just like the name of this one, but it's also a great dev tool. This tool includes lots of mobile options including location messaging services, digital wallet features, and plenty of other great things to select from.

3. Microsoft's Azure : Azure is definitely up there when it comes to top Amazon competitors, but Microsoft also offers some excellent developer tools with a focus on mobile development. In fact, Azure averages around 4 billion developer log-ins per week – not too shabby.

4. Code Cloud : technically, Code Cloud is Parse – or Parse is Code Cloud, or the two are the same. Alright, Parse is the company and Code Cloud is the tool. As you might have guessed from the name, Code Cloud is a cloud development tool used by such big name brands as Armani and Cadillac. Haven't tried Code Cloud yet? Check it out – or take a look at our complete review coming soon!

5. New Relic : I like this tool because it's simple. New Relic provides the dashboard we've all been dreaming about, it it does so in a no-nonsense kind of way. Bonus: New Relic also provides metrics, and that, my friends, is kind of impossible to ignore.

Other Development Tools?

So, that's our complete and amazing cloud-based development tool list, but we know that you have more suggestions to offer, right? What we'd like you to do is this: post a few of your favorite tools below, and we'll compile a huge posting of all of them once we have enough comments/suggestions.

If you're on the shy side and don't want to post your comments to our blog, you can post to the social media site that you're reading this through – probably G+. What we're looking for are some amazing suggestions offered up by you talented folks, so post away! Did we miss some? Let us know! Hate one of the tools that we listed? Why? Tell us the reason for your hatred!

Best Cloud-Based Developer Tools: On the Other Hand…

If you happen to be new to the development world and you need some help, you can post a comment too. I'm sure that plenty of people reading this post will have some tips and suggestions. Or, you can use our ‘Ask An Expert' tool to ask us what you want to know – you can even do it anonymously, so nobody can get on your case!

So, that's it! Let us know what tools you love and which once you hate. Know of a new cloud-based dev tool startup? We'd love to hear about those too!