Cloud web hosting is hosting that uses the resources of many pooled servers. Basically, this means that your website is using the virtual resources of many servers to accommodate all aspects of hosting your site. The load is balanced, security is taken care of, and hardware resources are available by default so they can be used when needed. The server farm is the cloud.
Who Can Benefit From Cloud Web Hosting?
Cloud hosting is often a solution for websites that have outgrown the resources of their current shared hosting provider. If the website is very popular and is putting a strain on the resources provided by a shared server, you may need to find another solution. Often this solution is for hosting where your site is located on its own server. However, the problem with dedicated hosting is that it is very expensive and requires a certain level of IT expertise. With cloud hosting, you can get many advantages of dedicated hosting without most of the challenges.
Scalability: With Cloud Web Hosting, you can access the resources you need as you grow
One of the primary advantages of cloud web hosting is its scalability. Visualize a group of clouds. Your website is running in these clouds but suddenly gets busy. You can collect more clouds around your site to help support it so that users don’t see any deterioration in the services. However, if you no longer need the extra drag, you can let it float away. Sites with higher resource usage can take advantage of this option.
Mediation: On-demand use of additional services helps you when you need them
When you need additional resources, you won’t have time to wait for customer service to help you by increasing your bandwidth allocation if necessary. If you already have a resource spike, you risk having your site suspended due to causing services to degrade to other sites on your shared server. You may experience downtime or slowdown of your site due to increased traffic. But with cloud web hosting, you can instantly increase the available resources, when you need them. This can save you a lot of stress and may save some clients because the process is seamless. The customers or users on your site will not see any change.
Savings: With Cloud Web Hosting, you only pay for what you use, which saves you a lot of money
It used to be that when you outgrew your shared hosting environment, your only other option was to move to dedicated hosting. However, this cost a lot of money. For a website that didn’t need all the resources available on a dedicated server or didn’t need them all the time as in Joe’s example above, the money spent on unused services was wasted. However, with the cloud hosting, what you pay for is the resources you use. When you no longer need it, you release it and no longer pay for it.
Scalability, immediacy and savings allow you to run your website efficiently. You can grow and shrink the available resources according to your needs. You get what you need when you need it and only pay for what you use. This allows you to focus on what you know best – managing your website. You would not have to worry about your hosting solution.