Migrating a website to cloud

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Hosting a website is not a challenge, but the difficulty arises when we try to maintain it. Currently, there are many web hosting services that provide hosting solutions. It has its own advantages and disadvantages added to it. The real value of the Cloud may not come from reduced expenditures but from receiving better IT services, security, and overall value for your company. We were pleased to help one of our customers who approached us with problems of migrating their website and getting website maintenance services in the cloud.

The Challenges

Wanting to cut costs, our customer decides to migrate their website to the cloud as well as seek an enterprise-grade disaster recovery solution to ensure business continuity and maintain the integrity of all its information. It is obvious that when we invest, we have expectations and wanted to lower operational overhead and stay apace with the market.

After having their website hosted in the traditional hosting site, they realized their choice had not met expectations in terms of performance. The website migration services play a bigger part regarding the navigation speed of the website. If a site takes a long time to load and too much time in internal navigation, it is bound to get fewer users. Slow website loading and navigation speed was a major problem they encountered.

Website downtime had great impacts on business, which was their prime concern. Migrating websites includes maintenance, i.e.; resources must be scaled up and down as well when required. To use resources during peak server times, they had to be purchased beforehand for a month or a year.

The Solution

1. At DevOps Enabler & Co, we examined each case carefully and decided that migration of website in the cloud would help overcome the issues they faced. After reaching out to us for a recommendation and they came away convinced to migrate their website to the cloud. Migrating to cloud not only helped solve the issues that they faced but also provided additional benefits.

The Results

1. Website uptime was 100%:

With traditional migration services, the website will be hosted on a single server or a shared server. If something happens to that server, the website goes down for some time. After migrating to the cloud, we were able to achieve 100% uptime by using load balancing service provided by the cloud. This feature enables the load to be distributed across servers and locations. When one server goes down, it will not affect the performance as traffic will be routed to other servers hosted on the cloud. It can instantly scale to changing demands. This ensures our website is always up and running ensuring business continuity.

2. Cost Reduction:

In regular hosting server, you are bound to opt for a monthly or yearly subscription regardless of the resources that you use. In cloud service, you pay only for what you use. There was no wasted capacity when demands were low. With this consumption-based pricing policy, we were able to save expense.

3. Cost of SSL Certificate:

SSL certificate plays an essential role to define the rank on the search engines. Lacking an SSL certificate can affect the traffic of a website negatively, and hence website owners should be careful about it. Leading web hosting companies offer SSL certificate at a nominal fee. Website owners can also get the SSL certificate for free for a limited period based on the cloud in which your website is hosted.

You can find a number of web hosting companies offering SSL certificates within $100. However, cheapest SSL certificates may not deliver you the expected result. However, the cost evaluation of SSL certificates depends on several factors, added benefits and services.

4. No security and maintenance risks:

It takes a lot of effort to provide security at times. Cloud takes responsibility for protecting the infrastructure that runs all the services offered in the Cloud. There’s no security issue as cloud equipment is hosted in highly secure data centers, often in remote locations which also ensures disaster recovery. Monitoring services provided by the cloud will reduce the risk of maintaining hosted websites. Load balancing solves the problem of scaling on demand.

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