Lower Launch Costs: Why Cloud Computing is a Tech Startups Best Friend

If you’re a tech startup, one of your biggest costs is bandwidth. You’re going to pay through the nose for good hosting and traffic (if and when it comes). At the same time, there are ways to lower those costs if you’re IBM cloud hosting utilizes high-power servers like the IBM Power7 i.

Many clients save $50,000 to $100,000 or more on migration and ongoing IT and infrastructure costs.

Low Ongoing Costs

Cloud hosting is generally cheaper than other forms of hosting. Why? Because of the way that they handle servers. A lot of hosting providers will offer shared hosting or dedicated hosting environments. The problem with shared hosting is that you’re sharing hardware and software resources with other users.

If other websites on your “block” start consuming those resources (basically, becoming a resource hog), then you pay the price with lowered website performance. The solution, so it seems, is a dedicated server.

But, there are problems with this route too.

With a dedicated server, you’re committing to a hardware product. Dedicated servers are exactly what they sound like. You’re buying a server so you get the hardware and software resources. On the downside, it’s much more expensive. Cloud hosting blends the two giving you shared hardware, but not shared software resources.

They can spread the load out over multiple servers, and also scale to your needs. Because of this, the ongoing costs are dramatically lower than with a dedicated server, with more reliability than traditional shared servers.

Cloud Hosting Offers Optimized Loads

This is something that’s often overlooked. In a cloud environment, you get optimized loads to virtually guarantee high accessibility and speeds. There are no traffic bottlenecks and, if your hosting company uses a content delivery network (CDN), you will also gain those inherent advantages as well.

For example, a company hosting its website in the cloud won’t have to worry about DoS or DDoS attacks. These attacks are attempts to make a machine or a network resource unavailable to the end user (customers and prospects).

Basically, the way these work is a malicious user or agent will try to overwhelm the site with traffic from one or multiple sources. They tend to target a wide variety of resources, and they can easily cripple a small site with limited financial means.

Using a CDN, cloud hosts can virtually guarantee prevention of these attacks. More than that, they can help you identify the attacker and block them from accessing your site preventing future attacks.

Shirley Polk has spent a large part of her career in the computing industry. She likes to share her experience and offer valuable insights online. Her posts have been published on many different industry sites.

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