I been researching on benefits that cloud hosting can offer to eCommerce business. Have mentioned below some of them, I would really appreciate if you could add more to it.
Great question! One of the biggest benefits of cloud hosting, as you mentioned, is the real-time scalability it offers. Specifically, it also offers scalability for analytical purposes i.e. the analysis of transactional data to drive business decisions.
Using the cloud allows for the use of massively parallel processing tools such as Amazon Redshift, ensuring optimal performance for reporting. Many organizations today opt for managed data warehouse solutions to be able to consolidate all data sources for analysis.
Additionally, using cloud solutions can be cost-effective and reduces downtime as well.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Akash Agrawal, Analyst - Magento Analytics (http://www.rjmetrics.com)
The typical benefits of cloud hosting most talked about are:
A key opportunity, which is often underestimated, is:
Infrastructure as Code / Automation
Cloud instances should be provisioned and managed programmatically, via APIs, without any manual intervention. Code and configuration are written, Unit Tested via Continuous Integration, and deployed via Continuous Delivery. That code is ultimately responsible for the provisioning, updating, scaling, and de-provisioning of infrastructure.
You can appreciate why such a paradigm shift in managing infrastructures is often under-estimated; it is hard! But totally worth the effort! Traditional tech operations wouldn't know where to start. They often end-up setting up and managing cloud infrastructures in the same way they used to manage dedicated infrastructures, which is pointless.
Here are few example of why Infrastructure as Code / Automation is important:
Here are few examples of the benefits:
And we have just scratched the benefits of Cloud Infrastructure!
As you can imagine, smart technical operation people can spend less time on "plumbing and wiring" and more time creating and delivering value to developers and businesses they support. This is where the "Devops Way" really comes in and can make a huge difference!
I hope this helps re-framing how Cloud Infrastructure / Hosting can really help and shift mind-set from hosting as a commodity (GB, MHz, SSD, Redis etc...) to Technical Operations as a serious competitive advantage.
CEO of Elastera
In my opinion, here are some benefits of cloud solution