The term ‘cloud hosting’ which is basically a derivative of ‘cloud computing‘ is confusing to many people. Both terms are marketing ones essentially, which evoke general feelings of confusion to many consumers and businesses alike. However, both describe ways of looking at web hosting and IT infrastructure that are extremely important.
The breakthrough concept of cloud computing involves people moving data from their hard drives to ‘someplace else.’ This someplace else is usually called ‘the cloud.’ Essentially ‘the cloud’ is comprised of data centers which contain numerous servers configured in a certain manner to achieve specific business goals.
‘The Cloud‘ is a server farm. If it has been built correctly, it offers many advantages over traditional hosting because it introduces a slew of new features that were never available before. This includes concepts like 100% uptime, high-availability, failover, scalability, and much more. Not only that, but data centers that have adopted cloud principles tend to be extremely efficient, including in areas like energy conservation. There’s no question that ‘cloud computing’ and it’s offshoot ‘cloud hosting’ are ‘very good things’ which can help businesses enormously.
Let’s Look At The Benefits Of Cloud Hosting
- High-Availability - cloud hosting can happen across multiple data centers that are geographically diverse. This means websites can continue to run even in the event of a failure of one server. Of course even this plan can occasionally fail, but for the most part it means cloud hosting is extremely reliable.
- Scalability - Depending on your choice of cloud hosting plans, your website can usually ‘scale up’ by deploying more resources than are included in your plan. This can be very beneficial for websites that get a sudden burst of traffic. If a website is mentioned on ‘Good Morning America‘ the website could immediately scale up to handle 40,000 users an hour, even though the site usually gets 100. In the ‘old days’ before cloud hosting, the server would quit responding as the traffic went through the roof. Now all requests will be completed, which should result in higher profits.
- Efficiency - Cloud hosting is efficient because of how resources are handled. If websites are not being used heavily, the servers will respond by reducing their workload. Cloud data centers tend to be chiefly concerned with efficiency and most of them are more ‘eco-friendly‘ than traditional alternatives. The rise of virtualization and cloud computing has ushered in a new era of efficient data centers while the use of cloud computing helps other organizations improve their operational capacity.
As you can see, there are some essential benefits that can be achieved by utilizing cloud hosting. Businesses can benefit greatly, especially those organizations that make substantial money from their web presences. Companies that run websites that are featured on the news will also be thankful they have cloud hosting.
In the next few years, expect cloud hosting to continue to gain in popularity as more and more businesses are exposed to the benefits.
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