Are you looking to host a website or an app? Then you must have heard of the term cloud hosting. Wondering what it is? In this article, we will explain what cloud hosting is and how it differs from traditional hosting.
With traditional hosting, you would usually have your data stored in a single server probably in a single datacenter. The server might be hosting several accounts or if you purchased a dedicated server it may only be hosting your website.
To run this single hosting server it needs a CPU, RAM, storage, and an operating system running on that computer along with an application such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento, etc. In addition, you need power supplies and backups to make sure the server is always online.
When it comes to cloud hosting, your data is not on a single machine. Instead, it will be hosted on several machines on several servers and in several places. These are all connected to each other.
To manage your data, you will use a virtual machine. This virtual machine will access your data that is spread across several servers or better known as the “cloud”. The name cloud comes from the virtual hosting server.
In simpler terms, the cloud splits up the hardware, the operating system, and the application running in this environment. These are independent of each other. Dropbox, Google Drive, and other cloud storage services deploy similar processes.
By utilizing the computing power of multiple machines, you have access to unlimited processing power and storage space. In addition to that, you can also get access to services that those machines may have.
Both technologies end up providing the same service which is hosting. However, cloud hosting has several advantages over traditional hosting.
Reliability – In traditional hosting if the server in which your files are stored, goes offline, your website will be inaccessible. On the other hand, cloud hosting, since your site’s data is shared among several computers and each machine in the cloud helps in carrying out a set of tasks. If one of them goes offline, another one simply picks the task that was being performed by the machine that has gone offline. Therefore, your website continues to work. Downtime can have detrimental effects on your business. It can mean lost customers and lost business.
Scalability and Flexibility – Since your website is hosted across several different machines, your resources are not limited to the constraints of a single server. Should you need more resources, you can utilize unused resources from other machines. You will not need to worry about surges in traffic for example during cyber Monday or other similar events.
Cost – In traditional hosting users would often get sold on gimmicks such as unlimited disk space. If you have a small business website what will you do with so much space? Users tend to end up paying highly for resources they don’t need or don’t use. With cloud hosting, you will only pay for the resources that you use.
You should now be able to understand what cloud hosting is, the technology behind it, and some of its advantages.