Cloud Hosting aka cloud server hosting aka ‘server on demand hosting’ aka cluster server hosting refers to hosting services that are hosted on multiple servers (clusters) or a network of servers via the internet. This form or type of configuration is starkly different from having your website maintained on a single, dedicated or shared server. This kind of hosting setup has many explicit as well as implicit benefits as compared to the traditional hosting setup. We’ll get to the ‘why’ and the benefits in a minute. First, let’s take a closer look at what the “cloud” refers to and what it means…
The “cloud” does not refer to any tangible or physical object that can be pointed to; rather it is analogous to the network of electro-chemical impulses in our brains that carry and distribute important data. With Cloud hosting, your data is stored and distributed over a network or cluster of various computers/servers and made available via the agency of the internet. It is like having your data stored in an immensely powerful virtual hard drive. Now, because the internet itself is so vast, there is literally no limit to the number of servers that could comprise your cloud setup. That is just astronomical capacity right there!
So why should you care to use “Cloud” hosting and what are some of the inherent advantages of this hosting service:
This is perhaps the most explicit and noteworthy benefit of cloud hosting vs dedicated or shared hostings. On the clouds you can easily make adjustment to handle different level of internet traffic. With Cloud hosting, as you can imagine, it is considerably easy to scale the size of your virtual server resource, by adding/removing hard drive space. Resources are not limited to any physical hardware on the cloud, so if you want to add more memory, CPU or storage, it can all be done virtually, without any physical/ manual configuration to servers.
With Cloud hosting, all your data and website information is spread out across a wide network of servers. So, as opposed to the dedicated hosting setup, where data is drawn from a single physical server, your data is drawn from an elaborate network of physical servers. This means that when and if a server goes down or malfunctions, your website is not affected at all, since data will be continue to be drawn from the remaining network of servers.
This also ties in with scalability. There are no strict protocols or manual changes that need to be made to the server. With cloud hosting a user can increase their server network at will and so they can easily increase their resources and the overall capacity of their virtual platform.
This is another huge incentive to switch to cloud hosing. Dedicated hostings have limits on most of their components and you are charged regardless of whether or not you actually use all of the resources. With this sort of billing and pricing protocol, you as the user end up spending hundreds even thousands of dollars per month on services and resources that you might not even use. Now, on the other hand, not only do cloud hostings not have limits, they also charge strictly on a computational basis. So, you are only charged for the quantity of resources you use, nothing extra. The benefits of this, pay-as –you-consume model are in plain sight.
5. Overall Performance
With cloud servers you can have resources online within minutes but with dedicated servers this can take considerably longer, even weeks in many instances. Data sharing is quick, easy and extremely reliable via cloud/cluster hostings. Although, comparatively both Cloud hostings and Dedicated hostings operate on the same speeds, Cloud servers have an edge over the others. For example, your server could slow down because of various redundant programs and files that maybe running, however, with the cloud since you are drawing from a network of underlying physical servers, you can always switch to a different server.
This shift of data storage and transmission is yet another leap huge leap into the future. If you look at the dynamics of cloud computing and cloud hostings, you will see the internet as just a larger version of the same principle working on a macrocosmic level. The implications and applications of cloud technology are huge and that is where the future of online business and transactions are headed.