What is Cloud Hosting ?
With cloud hosting you say goodbye to the old idea of renting a server or shared server space. In its place, cloud hosting provides us with server clustering. Instead of using the power of one server, you have access to the power of many; linked together through visualization.
An Example of Where Cloud Hosting is needed
We have all seen the situations where a web site might be under stress because it has had a sudden burst of popularity. With regular shared hosting we have today - once that web site reaches the limits of the single server it is on, it chokes. Now with a cloud hosting setup, you would have access to a number of different servers so the web site under stress could still have access to as much bandwidth, RAM, CPU power or any other server side resource that it needed. Cloud hosting provides computing power, on demand, when you need it. If you no longer need so much power, you can easily release the resources back into the proverbial "cloud" so that they can be used by others.
Characteristics of The Cloud Hosting
To give you a more thorough idea of what it is all about, here are characteristics of cloud computing/hosting.
Dynamic computing infrastructure
This characteristic allows the cloud to easily cope with changing user demands and needs without the need to rework its architectural framework. As it works through remotely controlled virtual servers, the cloud enjoys the advantages of having standardized, stable, measurable and secure physical infrastructure, thus ensuring a high level of availability and flexibility.
IT service-centric approach
As opposed to the traditional service-centric or system-centric models, the cloud gives utmost priority to the specific IT service or services that it provides. This means that the cloud enables users to easily and quickly access its dedicated service or application, since it is powered by a computing environment specifically designed and fine-tuned to deliver the service or app in the best and fastest way possible.
On demand self-service and minimally or self-managed platform
The cloud enables both business agility and administrative control, as it allows users to set up and manage their accounts and how they will manage their accounts. With user-friendly interfaces and amply equipped control systems, it allows software automation and optimization for those who prefer minimal account supervision. This way, both the time needed to monitor and manage the account and the need for manpower to do the job are reduced.
Here comes one of the key characteristics that make cloud computing cost efficient: with cloud hosting, users only pay for what they actually consumed or used. It employs a usage-driven, consumption-based model, which utilizes mechanisms to track consumer's actual service usage and bases the billing on this information. This usage can also be controlled for those aiming to cut down on IT costs since as earlier mentioned, businesses are granted control for optimization.
Broad Network Access
Anchored mainly on the Internet, the cloud allows access to this colossal web's broad network and reach, which is further extended through the continuously growing means and devices through which the web can be accessed. Thanks to continuous technological innovations, the cloud can be accessed not just through computers, but also through other Internet-enabled gadgets such as notebooks, mobile phones and tablets, among others.
The cloud hosting service provider's resources, which include memory, processing, network bandwidth, virtual machines, storage and email services, are pooled together such that they can be used or accessed by different users. These resources can be allocated or reallocated to other users depending on client's demand.