What Is Cloud Hosting?
If you’ve dealt with hosting providers before, chances are you’re already acquainted with terms such as shared hosting and dedicated servers. However, there is a new game in town, and cloud hosting has become a viable option for many.
When we speak of cloud services, we’re actually referring to server clusters (usually made up of virtual computers). Instead of having your website or application run on just a single server (as is the traditional common practice) the cloud spreads the work among multiple servers. In short, cloud hosting services run your website on multiple servers instead of one, and here’s why that’s good:
The benefits of cloud hosting are:
- Better scalability. Cloud servers can easily add more resources to their cluster to tackle heavy loads on the fly.
- Minimized downtimes. Usually, if your server goes down, you have no choice but to wait until your provider solves the issue. That isn’t the case with cloud hosting since there isn’t a single point of failure. However, most reputable web hosts already achieve exceptional uptime so you might not want to weigh this feature too heavily in your thinking.
- More customization options. Most reputable cloud hosting providers will enable you to customize your server cluster to your specific needs. That means you get to choose how much RAM, CPU cores, and storage you get to play with. In our case, you can even set the speed of your processors from the get-go (and change it whenever necessary).
- Reasonable pricing. When it comes to pricing, cloud hosting plans tend to sit somewhere between shared and dedicated alternatives.
Cloud hosting is a reliable alternative with some serious benefits. It provides a reasonably-priced alternative to more expensive dedicated solutions while still providing excellent performance.