What is Cloud Hosting?
The easiest way to understand cloud hosting is to imagine lots of machines hosting all your websites. These machine work together to act as one system and can be in one location or in different locations. Regular hosting is done by one machine only in one specific place.
What are its advantages?
Pooling these types of resources allows the cloud hosting company to pass on incredible savings to their customers. The advantage of cloud hosting is that it is easy to increase RAM or space as required, making the growth potential easy.
Types of Cloud
The most widely available type of ‘cloud’ is the Public Cloud. This type of hosting is sought after by clients who are looking for reliability and the ability to increase bandwidth usage as necessary. This increase is often done on a day to day basis.
Public cloud hosting is also perfect for users looking for a more secure server. It can be compared to a dedicated hosting plan which is offered by traditional web hosting services. Compared to dedicated prices public cloud prices are a fraction of the cost.
A Private Cloud is set up for a single organization and can be maintained by them or by a third party. This is done behind the protection of a firewall. Amazon’s S3 service would be an example of a private cloud.
Microsoft now offers a private cloud service for their customers and clients. The downside to using a private cloud is that your company must still have its own IT department to manage the servers.
Businesses Step Onto The Cloud
Some businesses are now opting to transfer less critical applications to their cloud hosting while keeping more sensitive applications and documents on their own company based servers. This allows them to free up costs and really customize their own data center. Moving part of your system to the cloud will also free up your IT team to develop better systems for your current business.
Public Cloud hosting is becoming more appealing to small businesses because they don’t have to worry about downtime due to excessive bandwidth use. This is the one feature of regular hosting that can become a nightmare for some. Typically shared hosting is used by many people at the same time and it only takes one person to over use their bandwidth to cause issues for everyone else.
Security is another problem with shared hosting. If you find your websites are constantly getting hacked or corrupted switching over to the cloud may be a good solution. When switching to cloud hosting you will find that your user panel is very friendly and easy to use.
Another benefit that saves you money when changing over is that you don’t have to pay an initial set up fee. If you opted for a dedicated hosting plan you would be charged a one time fee and would have to pay for a year in advance.
Cloud hosting is proving to be extremely cost effective and this is done by its scalability. You can add or decrease features as needed effectively controlling your hosting budget. For any business that is attempting to maximize their usage and to increase their profit margins cloud hosting looks to be the long term solution.
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