Ecommerce in the Cloud - The stats and specs you need to know

Ecommerce cloud hosting offers a number of exciting advantages, but it’s important that you don’t make the leap without first carefully vetting several providers. In order to get the most out of your cloud environment without compromising the shopping experience for your customers, you need to look carefully at these essential variables:

1.     Type of Cloud

Ecommerce cloud hosting is available in a public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud. Find out which type(s) different providers utilize, and explore the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

2.     Level of Support

If you are new to ecommerce cloud hosting, you are likely going to have a lot of questions. Find out what level of support your provider is able to deliver, and determine exactly when they are available.

3.     Page Load Speed

If switching to the cloud slows your site down, any other benefits are basically irrelevant. Work with a provider that can deliver consistently fast load times while offering strategies to speed them up further

4.     Server Infrastructure

Find out what kind of servers your site will be hosted on, and explore the specifications of the make and model. This is the foundation of your technical infrastructure, and you will want to know exactly what it’s capable of.

5.     Speed of Scalability

How quickly will you be able to scale up your capability, and is there a limit to how high you can go? Conversely, find out how quickly you can scale down if you need to.

6.     Cost of Scalability

A good ecommerce hosting provider will be able to show you exactly how much you will pay and explain how that fee will change as you scale. If the cost is not predictable and closely paired with usage, look for another provider.

7.     Terms of Use

If you are forced to sign a contract, carefully comb though the fine print before signing to determine the exact level of service you can expect. Ideally, you won’t have to sign an overly technical or binding contract at all.

8.     Makeup of Resource Pools

If your provider offers dedicated resource pools, learn about their exact makeup, and determine how they will affect your site. Your provider should be willing and able to walk you through these details.

Now that you know what to look for in an ecommerce cloud hosting provider, work with one that can deliver the services you need. Contact Tenzing to learn more about your future in the cloud.

Aisling McCaffrey

Demand Marketing Specialist at Thinkwrap
Aisling is our Demand Marketing Specialist at Thinkwrap, and loves working with both technology and humans. She studied International Business (concentrating in Marketing) and has spent several years living and working in China, mostly in Shanghai, where she became passionate about global innovation and how the use of social media changes in different cultures. Aisling likes to keep up on internet trends - from business to memes - and is always looking for new ways to learn or entertain herself.