As we’ve mentioned, the Cloud is something that can be hard to explain but is actually quite easy to understand. Once you see the difference between Cloud Web Hosting and Traditional Web Hosting, you’ll see why you should be in the Cloud and why that’s the future of web hosting.
As the Cloud gains popularity, you’re going to see it as more of an option with Web hosts. That’s why it’s all we offer. So you may be asking yourself: What is Cloud Web Hosting and how will it work for me?
Cloud web hosting is hosting that uses the resources of several clustered servers. Basically, this means that your website uses the virtual resources of several servers to accommodate all the aspects of hosting your site. The load is balanced, security is taken care of and hardware resources are available virtually so they can be used when needed. The cluster of servers is the cloud.
Cloud hosting is often a solution for websites that have outgrown the resources of their existing shared hosting provider. If a website is extremely popular and causes a strain on the resources supplied by a shared server, you may need to find another solution. Often this solution is dedicated hosting where your site resides on its own server. The problem with dedicated hosting, though, is that it is both significantly more expensive and requires a certain level of know-how. With cloud hosting, you can have many of the advantages to dedicated hosting without most of the challenges.
One of the primary advantages to cloud web hosting is its scalability. Visualize a group of clouds. Your website is being run in these clouds but it suddenly gets busy. You can gather more clouds around your site to help support it so your users see no degradation of services. However, if you no longer need the additional clouds, you can let them float away. Sites that have spikes in resource use can benefit from this option.
When you need additional resources you do not have time to wait for customer service to assist you by increasing your bandwidth allotment if needed. If you really have a spike in resources then you risk having your site suspended for causing degradation in services to other sites on your shared server. You may experience down time or slowness on your site caused by the increased traffic. But with cloud web hosting you can increase your available resources immediately, when you need it. This can save you a lot of stress and may even save some customers because the process is seamless. Customers or users on your site will not see any change.
It used to be that when you outgrew your shared hosting environment that your only other option was to move to dedicated hosting. However, this cost a lot of money. For the website that did not need all the resources available on a dedicated server or did not need them all the time such as in the example of Joe above, the money spent was wasted on unused services. However, with cloud hosting what you pay for is the resources you use. When you no longer need them you release them and you are no longer charged for them.
Scalability, immediacy and savings allow you to efficiently run your website. You can grow and shrink the available resources per your needs. You can get what you need when you need it and you only pay for what you use. This allows you to concentrate on what you know best – running your website. You won’t have to worry about your hosting solution.
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