4 Things Startups Should Know About Setting Up Cloud Services

Cloud computing is the heart of many new businesses, as it provides important computer resources immediately, but conveniently sold as a service.

Here are three things you should know about setting up cloud services for your new business.

What is the Cloud?
Before the cloud, you would drop thousands of dollars on a physical server, a room in which to store it, and the staff to maintain it. With the introduction of public cloud services, you can rent server space for as long as you need it, freeing up resources for other important aspects of your business.

Who are the Top Providers of Cloud Services?
Three companies are generally considered to be the top providers of cloud services, and their names will probably not surprise you.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is by far the largest provider and the company that put public cloud service on the map. They often have the best prices, and they have the most third-party integrations.

Microsoft Azure is the second-most-used cloud provider. They have very tight integration with Microsoft Windows and many other Microsoft technologies. They often have better Microsoft software service pricing, and are a good option for companies that are already established on the Microsoft platform.

Google Compute is a cloud service provided by Google. They provide good niche support for technologies such as AI, something in which Google has invested much time and research.

How Can the Cloud be Used in my Startup Business?
The most common way for a startup to use the cloud is to host your own website. In this way, you can focus more on your site’s content and less on its technical aspects, scaling up during busy seasons and back down again when necessary.

You can also use cloud services to avoid capital expenditures. Most companies with in-house servers spend thousands of dollars up front, only to write off that expense later. By starting with cloud services, you can more easily and inexpensively determine what you really need for your business.

Finally, the cloud allows for off-site backup and disaster recovery, ensuring business continuity in the event of a catastrophe. It also helps ensure compliance with required standards such as PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), SOC (System Organization Controls), etc. Any reputable cloud service provider will implement their systems with those standards in mind.

This information is just a starting point to provide you with a basic introduction to choosing the right cloud service provider for your company. For a more detailed analysis of your needs and what cloud service is best for you, contact us to discuss how to take your startup to new heights.