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Are you trying to decide whether to leverage cloud computing for your small to medium-sized business (SMB)? It can sometimes feel overwhelming to figure out what cloud computing options exist and which can best benefit you. 

First, let's define exactly what cloud computing is. Cloud computing is the use of remote servers hosted by third parties (instead of local servers or computers) to store, process, and manage data and perform operations. It delivers on-demand computing services over the internet, eliminating the need for an organization to own its own computing infrastructure or data centers.

The cloud helps SMBs boost productivity, enable automation, and improve workflow. With the growing number of people working remotely, cloud computing has become an efficient and reliable way to keep your team connected.

Below, we will review various cloud computing solutions to help you determine which might best suit your business needs.

Cloud Computing Options


With software as a service (SaaS), you don't have to worry about installing hardware. You also don't have to worry about traditional licensing fees, since most services are subscription-based.

In addition to helping you save money upfront, SaaS can cut overall expenses because you won’t have to pay for continuous hardware maintenance or upgrades. Plus, you won’t need to hire in-house IT staff to manage the hardware. 

You can also choose exactly what you need from SaaS providers instead of buying hardware that might come with things you don't need. If your project requires a website builder software for a limited time, you can add it and remove it when you no longer need it. As far as cloud computing options go, SaaS can offer a multitude of solutions that fit your business's needs and budget.


Cloud Hosting

Instead of relying upon physical servers, cloud hosting uses virtual server space. With cloud hosting, your website or app runs on a network of servers, so it's more flexible and scalable.

Additionally, cloud hosting services can handle the high traffic volumes and seasonal demands that traditional web hosts can't. There is also rarely downtime because multiple servers are running each hosted site.

Smaller businesses will find many advantages when they transition to cloud hosting. With this cloud computing option, they can avoid the slow connectivity, hardware issues, and extended downtimes that could lead to customer loss.  

A cloud host only charges for the resources you use instead of the flat-rate traditional hosts charge. You also have a choice between shared and dedicated hosting, so you'll need to decide which is right for you.

Shared hosting means the service provider hosts more than one site on one server. Because the server's operating costs are split across multiple users, shared hosting is the cheapest option for small businesses. One downside, however, is that your website might be slow, as you'll have less bandwidth. 

Shared hosting can also be a bit riskier since other sites use the same server as you. By contrast, if you leverage dedicated hosting, you get all the resources and don't have to share. The tradeoff is that a dedicated server is more expensive.

Cloud Backup

You may think simply saving backup copies of your data to your hard drive is enough to secure it. But what if something happened to both your computer and hard drive? For small businesses without a recovery plan, this scenario would end in disaster.

In such cases, cloud backup comes in handy. Cloud backup makes copies of your files and then stores them online. This process keeps your information safe and accessible no matter what happens to your equipment.

You can save money by using a cloud backup service instead of doing your own backups. Since cloud backup is scalable, you can back up your data even if your data volume increases.


Cloud Storage

Small businesses face several pitfalls when storing data physically. For example, devices remote workers use may get damaged, stolen, or lost off-site.

Another issue small businesses can run into is that employees can only access that data on the device in which it's stored. In this situation, remote workers can't use the data. Likewise, employees can't access data stored on servers in dedicated data centers unless they log in to the corporate network.

Cloud storage can help you avoid these problems. Cloud computing options offer a fixed-size server space. You won't have to worry about losing your information, either, as some storage capacity is nearly unlimited. 

Synopsys Cloud Is the Right Call for Your SMB

If you are an SMB developing chips for your business, Synopsys Cloud has the SaaS tools for you. 

Synopsys Cloud streamlines chip design lifecycle for SMBs and startups. Through a browser-based experience, you'll be able to access advanced infrastructure, cloud-optimized electronic design automation (EDA) tools, pre-defined and standardized flows, and more.

Synopsys Cloud FlexEDA allows chip designers to take a different approach to chip design and verification tools, letting their needs dictate how they use the tools instead of the other way around.

Synopsys, EDA, and the Cloud

Synopsys is the industry’s largest provider of electronic design automation (EDA) technology used in the design and verification of semiconductor devices, or chips. With Synopsys Cloud, we’re taking EDA to new heights, combining the availability of advanced compute and storage infrastructure with unlimited access to EDA software licenses on-demand so you can focus on what you do best – designing chips, faster. Delivering cloud-native EDA tools and pre-optimized hardware platforms, an extremely flexible business model, and a modern customer experience, Synopsys has reimagined the future of chip design on the cloud, without disrupting proven workflows.


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About The Author

Vikram Bhatia is head of cloud product management and GTM strategy at Synopsys. Before joining Synopsys, Vikram served in a variety of roles at companies including NetApp (vice president of cloud GTM strategy and business operations), Oracle (director of sales strategy & business development for Oracle Cloud), and Microsoft (director, Microsoft Azure). He has a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, a master of science degree from the Colorado School of Mines, and an MBA from the Indian School of Business.

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