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With all that's going on around the world at this very moment, it seems almost arrogant or unappreciative to talk about anything else but gratitude for what we have (or, most importantly, who we have). That said, life must go on, and this too shall pass, so today, we're going to discuss a lighter topic – Cloud Hosting! Get it? Because clouds are soft and fluffy? Moving on.
How many times in the last year, no better yet, the last couple of months, have you heard the term 'the cloud?' A lot? Us too. Most people are familiar with the illustrious 'cloud' that we depend on so much. On the other hand, the meaning of 'Cloud Hosting' is still a bit ambiguous these days. This blog post is intended to clear up some of the confusion surrounding the definition of Cloud Hosting.
Cloud Hosting involves having multiple virtual servers pull from the resources of one physical server. This kind of hosting employs several levels of redundancy. It has no point of failure, making it both secure and dependable. Cloud Hosting is best for bigger business websites containing larger amounts of data.
Here's the Main Difference Between Cloud Hosting & Traditional Hosting:
Tradition Hosting entails one real server storing all the files and data comprising your website. What is a 'real' server anyways? In this context, that would be a physical server.
Conversely, Cloud Hosting is when a physical server is split up into multiple cloud servers that store the data amounting to your website. Your site's data is mirrored on various cloud servers in the network cluster.
Before we move on, one question must be answered.
What is a Cloud Server?
The following excerpt from our "What is a Cloud Server or VPS?" Knowledge Base guide will clear this one up for us:
"A Cloud Server or VPS (Virtual Private Server) is a server that is built through software to create a smaller virtual server from larger, more powerful physical servers. They're entirely virtual and can be created instantly. Cloud Servers can be easily re-imaged or managed at will through the Cloud Control Panel since their resources are virtual and partitioned from larger servers. They can also be instantly upgraded through the client area, and new upgrades can be applied within moments if necessary."
What is a Cloud Server or VPS?
Now, you may be wondering how Cloud Hosting works. In a word, virtualization. Virtualization software is what takes a physical server and breaks it up into several little cloud servers. The nice thing about virtualization is that it allows the number of cloud servers to grow as the amount of data hosted increases.
Cloud computing, or 'the cloud,' is also what makes this all possible because it provides the space for virtual servers to connect within a cloud computing platform.
P.S. It's called 'the cloud' because virtual servers in a cluster shaped like a cloud connect, communicate, and collaborate to host websites efficiently. Cloud computing gives all the servers in a cloud cluster the space to connect to and share information. This is where IaaS comes in.
What is IaaS?
IaaS stands for 'Infrastructure as a Service.' This means offering cloud infrastructure as a service, so using cloud architecture to host cloud servers. IaaS makes it easy for Cloud Hosting clients to install applications onto their servers, as a software environment has been established using virtualization.
Cloud Hosting has risen very quickly since its origin, likely because it comes with several advantages over traditional hosting services. One of the biggest perks is that it is not confined to the same rules with which traditional hosting must comply.
Cloud Hosting is more FLEXIBLE than traditional hosting because one can delete or alter the configuration of a cloud server with ease, and it's not quite so simple to do that with physical servers. It's a lot more challenging to do that with physical servers, not to mention more expensive. Cloud Hosting is also flexible in terms of pricing, as you have the option to select a monthly billing cycle.
Another benefit of using Cloud Hosting is customization. Cloud Hosting is more CUSTOMIZABLE than traditional hosting. You can make changes to your Cloud Hosting much easier. For instance, you can easily tack on more RAM or CPU.
All those who have had their fair share of website downtime mishaps will certainly appreciate Cloud Hosting's dependability factor. Cloud Hosting is very DEPENDABLE because your website data is housed by not just one but multiple servers, so one server acting up doesn't equate to you losing your entire website. In cases like this one, your site data would bounce to another server in the network, and your website would still be up and running as if nothing occurred at all! For this reason, Cloud Hosting is ideal for websites that have fluctuating traffic.
To reiterate, in the event of one of the servers in a cloud server cluster going down, others will render the website information stored on that server. All the cloud servers in the cloud-shaped cluster work together to balance a load of website traffic within their server pool. This is what's known as a distributed approach.
From a performance standpoint, Cloud Hosting shines bright! It is known for its IMPECCABLE PERFORMANCE because it's optimized. Your viewers could all theoretically visit your site at the same time without issues arising. In that case, resources would be pulled from other servers in the cluster.
Furthermore, Cloud Hosting is SECURE because you have the flexibility to set up various security measures such as firewalls and monitoring. We already addressed this above, but Cloud Hosting minimizes security risks because data is stored in multiple places.
On top of that, Cloud Hosting providers generally set up their physical servers in highly secure data centers. To that end, click below to review the strict security measures put in place in all three Hostwinds data centers:
Last but not least, Cloud Hosting is more SCALABLE than traditional hosting.
For example, with Cloud Hosting, you can quickly increase or decrease the storage or resources you are using. Thus, you can continue to expand without reservation. Additionally, you can expand your help beyond the capacity of one server if need be, making it infinitely scalable. Resources that aren't being used by other servers can contribute to your growth. Even if your site received a massive rush of traffic that later subsided, you could hypothetically scale up, then scale down once the traffic spike went down.
One of the most extraordinary things about Cloud Hosting is that your hosting company will generally provide you with an interface that you can use as a vehicle to manage your Cloud Server remotely. That brings us to our next topic – Hostwinds phenomenal Cloud Hosting Plans!
Here are just a few of the benefits of getting started with one of Hostwinds' comprehensive Cloud Hosting Plans:
First off, Cloud Hosting comes with convenient billing options, so you get to pick what billing cycle meets your specific needs. Hourly billing? Triennially? Something in between? You got it!
Secondly, cloud servers are instantly scalable and allow you access to our user-friendly Cloud Portal. This cloud control panel is a great resource that enables you to manage your server remotely using any browser. You can manage your DNS, IP addresses, volumes, object storage, and load balancers, to name a few things, in the Cloud Portal.
Just Let Our Website Tell You: "With Custom Templates, you can configure and fine-tune the perfect server environment and quickly deploy future servers using the same configuration with just a click of a button."
As far as the evolution of Cloud Hosting goes, it may subsume everything we call hosting at some point, not too far off in the future. As far as the fate of humanity goes, everything is going to be alright.
Well, that concludes our 'What is Cloud Hosting?' blog post, folks. Please feel welcome to comment below or reach out to our team of experts via Live Chat (www.Hostwinds.com) anytime if you have questions or comments about Hostwinds Cloud Hosting Plans or Cloud Hosting in general.
Have a lovely rest of your week!
Written by Hostwinds Team / March 21, 2020