What is Cloud Hosting?
What Is Cloud Hosting? Well, the term ‘cloud’ describes a connection via the internet to a collection of physical servers owned by the cloud hosting service provider. A cloud service platform connects an unlimited number of users to an online cloud for data storage and processing. The cloud hosting service provider supplies power, data storage, applications and other resources.
This allows flexibility, higher integration and reduced running costs. Instead of using hardware that is expensive and takes up large amounts of space, cloud services are easy to access wherever there is internet. Popular and commercial examples of clouds are Dropbox and Google Drive. With more and more companies and businesses opting for cloud hosting as preferred data storage and processing systems, some cloud hosting service providers are experiencing fifty percent growth per annum.
How does cloud hosting work and how does it compare to traditional hardware servers?
Simply put, services hosted on the cloud are more accessible across the globe. GeoLocation services allow clouds to deliver hosted content in real time anywhere in the world with minimal latency.
The web industry, is being inadvertently revolutionised by Cloud hosting.
Not only are the clouds more accessible via various localities, they are more accessible at one time by multiple people. Multiple people can access one document, for example, and edit it together in real time. This makes handover of work easier as well as online group work.
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The accessibility of clouds means that they are also an easier choice when starting up. Their availability also makes them more cost effective especially for newer start-up businesses. Instead of having to guess what infrastructure needs your company will have in the long run, such as computers and hard drive servers, clouds are always as flexible as a business requires – more or less space is easily obtained. Companies usually only pay for what they use, nothing goes to waste.
Instead of having one physical point that is susceptible physical risk such as hardware malfunction or being stolen, cloud hosting services are run from multiple servers, allowing for greater protection. Cloud hosting is also better for virtual security as cloud hosting services usually have well maintained cyber security set ups. Customers using cloud hosting never have to deal with any potential security threats themselves since cloud hosting service providers manage all risks and threats.
Cloud Hosting infrastructure design intelligently provides server redundancy and high availability can be achieved, minimising the chance of lost business (or exposure) due to website downtime. Cloud hosting manages virtual threat more efficiently and physical threat to data loss is almost non-existent. And with technology providing safety and cost efficiency, it is changing the culture and methodology of the workforce.