Introducing Cloud Server Hosting and its Benefits
There is a lot of buzz surrounding cloud server hosting these days and if you were researching various hosting options, you would have certainly run across this term. But, there are only a handful of services currently offering this solution; although it is a popular option, it is fairly new - so your choices in hosts offering cloud hosting are a tad limited. As this solution gains popularity, it is likely that more and more hosts will start offering this service. Customers will benefit from this with more choices in companies to utilize, and reduced price for this service with the increased competition in the market.
Cloud Server Hosting: What it is
Cloud server hosting is hosting that uses the combined resources of several clustered servers. Your website will use the virtual resources of several servers to accommodate all the aspects of hosting your website, databases or IT applications. Security is taken care of, the load is balanced, and hardware resources are available virtually - so they can be accessed when needed. This cluster of servers is called the cloud.
Cloud server hosting is often a solution for sites that have outgrown the resources of their existing hosting provider. If a website is popular and is causing a strain on the resources supplied by a shared server, you may need to find an alternative. Often this alternative is dedicated hosting where your website resides on its own server. The problem with dedicated hosting, however, is that it requires a certain level of IT expertise and is significantly more expensive. With cloud server hosting, you can have many of the benefits of dedicated hosting minus most of the challenges.
Benefits of Cloud Server Hosting
* One of the primary benefits of cloud hosting is its scalability. Imagine this- your site is being run by a group of clouds, but it suddenly gets busy. You can gather more clouds around your website or applications to help you support it - so your users experience no degradation of services. If you no longer need the extra clouds, you can let them float away! Sites that often have spikes in resource use can benefit from this service.
* When you need extra resources and you do not have ample time to wait for customer-service to assist you by increasing your bandwidth, then you risk having your website suspended for degradation in services on your shared server. You may experience slowness or downtime on your site caused by the increased traffic. But, with the cloud server hosting you can increase your available resources instantly, when you need it. Users or customers on your site will not notice any change.
* Earlier, when you outgrew your shared hosting service, your only other option was to switch to dedicated hosting. However, this is a lot more expensive. For a site or web application that does not need all the resources available on a dedicated server or does not need them all the time, the money spent is unused or wasted. With cloud server hosting, what you pay for being only the resources you use. When you no longer need the resources, you release them and you are no longer taxed for them.
Scalability, savings and immediacy provided by cloud hosting services allow you to efficiently run your website, database or application. This allows you to focus on what you know best - running your site. And you won't have to worry about your hosting service!