Cloud web hosting is seen by many as being the future of web hosting because it offers users a distributed hosting environment that can be used for the hosting of all virtual forms of web hosting whilst maintaining existing pricing levels, if not reducing the cost of web hosting services in some cases. If you are looking for a shared web hosting package that can offer you the reliability that you are longing for then cloud hosting is ideal for this; web hosting companies are able to host a massive number of websites in a shared clustered hosting environment meaning that won’t have to pay over the hill for a cloud web hosting package in this situation. If you prefer to use VPS servers then there are also clustered and cloud VPS server hosting solutions available to meet your requirements; VMWare is by far the most popular choice for web hosting companies wanting to offer cloud VPS hosting, although Hyper-V can also be used in situations where Windows VPS server hosting is being offered. A cloud hosting package can also offer you better security, providing you with peace of mind meaning that there won’t be any need to worry about the impact that hackers could have on the performance of your website.
What is cloud hosting?
The idea of cloud hosting is to use a large number of servers to create one centralized hosting environment to which you can upload all of the data that is hosted under your web hosting account. In a cloud hosting environment each server is usually designed for a specific task, with there being separate mail servers, web servers and DNS servers to deal with individual requests as they come in; there will never be a single server for one purpose because this will create a single point of failure for the service in question meaning that for example, there will be a minimum of two web servers so that there will always be at least one other server available in the event that the main web server crashes. This technique can be used in a wide variety of web hosting services; the distribution of services makes cloud hosting suitable for shared hosting environments that designed for hosting shared web hosting packages and reseller hosting services, although at the same time maintaining their low pricing levels. On the other hand VPS servers can also be hosted in a cloud environment, with the only difference being that the resources for VPS servers can be expanded to a greater extent than in a single-node VPS hosting environment.
What are the benefits of added reliability?
Added reliability will mean that you won’t have to worry about whether your visitors are going to be able to access your website or not because if your website is down then they aren’t going to be able to visit your web pages, and if they are visiting your website for the first time then they may not necessarily return. If you are using a reliable web hosting package then you can also be sure that you are getting good value for money from your web hosting package as if your website is unavailable then effectively you aren’t receiving the service that you are paying for; depending on the form of web hosting that you are using, your web hosting company may have an SLA (Service Level Agreement) in place that will govern the level of uptime that they must provide and in the case of cloud hosting, SLAs usually rate the uptime available at 100%, or in some cases slightly lower at 99.9% as a way of covering their backs if downtime does occur.
How can cloud hosting offer a higher level of security?
A cloud hosting package will also be able to provide you with a higher level of security than previous forms of web hosting which will enable you to focus on the development of your website without having to worry about the security of your hosting environment. Although web hosting companies strive to provide good security in their existing shared and virtual hosting environments, the enclosed and distributed nature of cloud hosting enables web hosting companies to target any viruses that infect their machines much more easily without compromising stability. As well as there being more than one machine available to take the load for each specific service, there will also be hardware firewalls in place that will reduce the affect that any external DDOS attacks could have as well as to prevent hackers from making any ground if they do gain entry to a single server.
How can I manage my resources in a cloud hosting environment?
Another important benefit of using cloud hosting is the fact that you can easily extend any of your account resources as you require to provide yourself with more disk space, bandwidth or any other resources that your web hosting provider deems as expandable. The cluster of servers available means that there will always be a large pool of resources to dig into when you require more for your web hosting account. This is such an important benefit because it will allow you to upgrade the resources of your web hosting account without having to change your web hosting plan; the extra resources you require will just be billed on top of the price of your based web hosting plan and are normally billed per unit of the resource concerned.
In conclusion, cloud web hosting can provide you with a wide variety of benefits that will not only enhance your web hosting experience but will allow you to save money in areas that may not necessarily be that important to you and the web hosting plan that you have chosen. Cloud web hosting is gradually being adopted by more web hosting providers meaning that the choice of hosting packages available in cloud hosting environments is becoming bigger; at the same time, this kind of expansion is causing the cost of cloud hosting to drop helping to make it more cost effective for individuals as well as small businesses.