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The Benefits Of Cloud Environments Over Traditional Shared Webhosting

March 24th, 2011 No comments

Cloud hosting is the technology that is on every body’s lips at the moment. Traditionally, websites have been hosted on standard dedicated servers. The way normal web hosting works is a web host will have multiple dedicated servers. A shared hosting account is locked to one single dedicated server. Sometimes hosts split databases and email off onto other servers. The bottom line though, is your website is on one single server. Thus, if that one dedicated server goes wrong, your website will go offline. Cloud hosting is different. Cloud panels have numbers on its side.

Cloud hosting is very scalable. It is completely pay as you go. If you only need a small amount of resources, you only need and pay for the CPU and memory you use. If you had rapid interest in your product, your website has the resources to expand. Cloud hosts automatically assign what power you need. You will never find your website goes offline due to demand. You would simply be billed for the extra used. This makes cloud hosting extremely cost effective. If you need the exclusivity of your own environment, then a cloud environment can offer this. No need for an expensive dedicated server anymore.

There is divided opinion on the reliability of cloud hosts. However let us look at the positives. As we mentioned with standard shared hosting, the website is at the mercy of a single dedicated server. Cloud hosting works by combining multiple nodes, or dedicated servers together. So if one node goes offline, the rest of the cloud is completely unaffected. Cloud hosting surely has to be considered more reliable.

It is extremely quick to deploy and manage cloud hosting. Dedicated servers mean you have to firsty deploy the hardware. Then you need to configure the software and services. Not with cloud hosting. Servers are added and subtracted as and when they are needed.

One thing to consider about cloud hosting, is it is a relatively new technology. Dedicated servers do indeed have benefits over cloud hosting. A cloud environment has scalability, reliability and cost to their advantage though. All the major hosting companies now have, or are developing their own cloud product. This says it all. Traditional hosting cannot keep up with a cloud environment. Cloud hosts are going to get more and more reliable as time goes on.