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Cloud vs. Hosted: Which Is Right for My Business?

December 14, 2017

Is your small-to-medium business looking for an efficient way to manage its technological infrastructure? Both cloud and hosted solutions are a great choice for organizations looking to maximize their productivity and savings. So what is the distinction between cloud vs. hosted? While these terms are often used interchangeably in the IT world, the reality is there are some noteworthy differences between these services. Here's what to know about each so that you can choose the best one for your SMB:

  • Cloud Solutions – Cloud computing involves the use of off-site servers which are hosted via the Internet to manage and store data. A great thing about opting to use this type of solution is that you'll pay as you go for the space that you actually use instead of paying up front. Furthermore, many cloud packages actually include hosted services, meaning you may not really even have to choose between cloud vs. hosted. Still, some businesses hesitate to move to the cloud because they fear their sensitive data may be put at risk. However, as long as you choose a cloud provider such as Alura Business Solutions that uses military-grade encryption, you won't have to worry about this happening.
  • Hosted Services – With web hosting, the service provider gives your business designated server space and takes care of file and software maintenance so that you don't have to worry about these tasks. The provider will likely offer your organization several types of hosted software, such as Hosted Exchange or Hosted Office 365. The main downfall of using traditional web hosting alone is that it is more difficult and time consuming to scale servers up or down as your business's needs change. Therefore, the cloud may be a better option if your organization prioritizes having the ability to scale up or down at a moment's notice.

Overall, the right solution for your business will depend on your organization's specific needs and priorities. For assistance with choosing between cloud vs. hosted, consult an experienced IT company.

We Offer High-Quality, Affordable Cloud & Hosted Services

If your business is seeking Fortune 100-level cloud or hosted services for small-to-medium business prices, it's time to reach out to Alura at 844-558- 7200. When you do so, we will discuss your business's goals and needs to help you decide between cloud vs. hosted. Then, we will tailor our services to fit your company.

Interested in learning more about our private cloud and data center services? Check out our blog post from last week. We look forward to being your IT services provider of choice!

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