What is Cloud Hosting?
Cloud hosting is the new trend for businesses as it allows to combine several servers or machines to work together and act as one big scalable hosting server. On top of that you can set up multiple virtual environments and containers inside this cloud and each one will work independently. This provides improved elasticity (it is much easier to increase resources, processing power, disk space, and more). So in effect, a cloud hosting solution can be seen as a very big server with tremendous resource capacity, high network speed and intelligent software that allows an administrator to create independent smaller hosting environments that share resources effectively without affecting each other.
Advantages of Cloud Hosting
With traditional dedicated or shared hosting providers (these ultimately depend on a single server) it is harder to scale and has less disaster recovery options. If multiple hard drives fail, or a RAM chip goes bad, it affects the entire server. It is harder to scale and usually requires shutting the server which means your website or application will be turned off for a small period of time. When using non-cloud hosting you can end up paying a lot more money setting up multiple dedicated servers, each one using their own resources, disk space, electricity, etc. You will also most likely end up having under-utilized disk space, processing power and memory across all servers.
Cloud hosting offered through providers such as Amazon allow businesses to not only have elasticity but also to cut costs tremendously as the increased elasticity offered by Amazon and its CLI allows to schedule proper shutdowns or resource decrease and increase and as the billing model is per hour, you can easily cut a lot of costs by playing around with the real resource consumption.
It gets better! If you need the servers to talk to each other, the communication speed between servers in a cloud is much faster than two physical servers with physical connections as it is a logical transmission instead of physical. If you care about the environment, you most likely end up having a lower carbon footprint going with cloud hosting.
Having the flexibility of creating virtual machines allows you to separate environments. For example: you probably want to have a virtual host for all of your web applications, but you also want to host a nice PBX (phone system) or a you want to have several small virtualized servers each one for 1 website and that way separate your own clients in their own environments and avoid any kind of compromising due to a bad usage by any of your clients. When I client who doesn’t understand cloud asks me, I like to explaing that it’s like having a house, with several rooms: you want your own room, your kids will have their own, and another one for your guests, so everyone ends having their own space without bothering each other. Oh, and you can add more rooms on the fly without having to call a contractor.
Cloud Hosting Disaster Recovery and Redundancy
While you can still use traditional local and offsite backup solutions and use RAID hard drives to mirror your data when you use physical hosting so your site doesn’t go down in the event of a hard drive failure, you can still have problems. If the server is attacked by a virus, have a major hardware failure affecting more than one drive, or you need to recover your entire hosting environment then you will spend a long time to get everything back online which could be translated into big money loses. With services such as Amazon, all hardware is covered so it’s really totally transparent for an user. You can also have server or environment images which you can bring online very quickly. So if you to restore your entire server to how it was the day before you can do that without having to resort to manually configuring everything again from a backup file.
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