Cloud e-commerce solutions

Updated: August 24, 2020 | Oleg Zhuk, Technical Product Owner

The term "cloud e-commerce" refers to outsourcing a remote network of servers hosted on the Internet to use application services, store and process data. Essentially, it is cloud-based e-commerce versus software installed on a local server.

Cloud e-commerce solutions provide a wide range of benefits over traditional on-premise storage. Over the past decade, the cloud has gained popularity due to reduced complexity and lower maintenance costs. Today, cloud e-commerce has become the most optimal solution model on the market.

Scalability on demand

The extreme traffic variability in e-commerce with its seasonal spikes creates a unique workload for e-commerce hosting.

The required hardware capacity must conform to the traffic peaks (ex. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc.). But for most of the year the servers are not in use.

The cloud offers an elastic solution, that allows for substantial workload variations and meets the needs for seasonal or even hourly promotional spikes in traffic, including unpredictable outbreaks.

This way, your cloud e-commerce solution resources can be scaled up and down to support your actual needs.

The other side of scalability is business growth. The increase in popularity of your store, integration of new services and further store evolution force the infrastructure to grow accordingly. A flexible platform at the heart of your cloud e-commerce solution, as well as a scalable environment responds quickly to business challenges and opportunities.

The cloud allows you to avoid physical superstructure. You do not have to purchase additional equipment and hire new maintenance staff. With the cloud, your business gets all the required resources and services you need on-demand.

Reliable pro protection

Save time on risk assessment and data defense, so you can focus on your business! When hosting your business in the cloud, you do not need to worry about maintaining and monitoring servers. Security and protection of your network, physical facilities, applications, including data encryption and customers’ personal data safety, can be excluded from the list of your concerns. E-commerce cloud vendors take all the risks. The cloud hosting providers complete third-party certification, and proper security is a priority for them. Besides, the constant accessibility of your website and regular data backup ensure that your e-commerce store will be available without data loss in case of an emergency.

Cost-effective performance

The cloud fits perfectly with e-commerce solutions because you can pay only for resources when you need them.

A cloud solution may save a company over 70% of the costs associated with building static environments scaled for traffic peaks - the hardware that may only be in use a few days a year. With the cloud, you only pay for what you use.

Easy accessibility from any place

If your business operates in multiple countries, a cloud-based solution offers clear advantages considering the speed required to roll out and manage an e-commerce application. With e-commerce cloud, you have a remote network of servers that dynamically responds to your demands to deliver content quickly no matter where your customer is located.

How to pick a service for your commerce?

The cloud computing service categories fall into several distinct categories. Each of these models or their combinations allow you to create the perfect foundation for your e-commerce suite.

IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)

This type of cloud service focuses on providing on-demand data storage on disks and virtual servers. Customers purchase a remote datacenter infrastructure service instead of their own hardware.

Examples include cloud services offered by established, well-known brands, such as Amazon, Microsoft and others.

PaaS (Platform as a Service)

A cloud development platform allows its users to develop, manage, and launch applications within a self-service portal with a ready-to-use cloud computing infrastructure. Most platforms provide the basics so you don’t have to start from scratch. The operating system is supported and frequently upgraded and the services for your e-commerce solution can be built using certain modules.

Examples of Platform-as-a-Service are Google App Engine, Cloudfy, and Cloudsuite.

SaaS (Software as a Service)

Software-as-a-Service means that a third-party hosting service provider gives clientsaccess to various cloud e-commerce solutions on a pay-as-you-go basis.

This service type is very popular among e-commerce vendors. Modern applications enableyour business to enhance the customer experience and expand the online store with advanced features, such as smart shopping cart or mobile-friendly applications.

Among the most popular SaaS solutions are Salesforce, NetSuite, Slack and others.

However, an optimal choice for an e-commerce business would be a solution that combinesa platform with a ready-to-use set of software tools. In other words, PaaS and SaaS built specifically for e-commerce. Our cloud e-commerce software - Virto Commerce, is considered one of the best e-commerce platforms with its own SaaS support. This cloud e-commerce can meet all your sales and promotional needs and help your business grow into a powerful online store with impressive features.

All Services – One Solution

Our cloud e-commerce solutions take care of uptime, maintenance, security and updates , allowing you to focus on business.

Stable and secure

Our product managers and solution architects communicate with your developers to optimize and speed-up your e-commerce cloud solution.

Control sources

All the code changes are saved and available for immediate developer review.

Stage & deploy

We provide stage and production deploy websites using automation scripts from the cloud.

Backup and restore

We provide backup services for your website files and DB. You can execute point-in-time restore for the last 30 days.

24/7 support

We provide support and respond to emergency calls and tickets 24/7.

Oleg Zhuk
Technical Product Owner