If you have taken the time to look into various server options for your website, chances are you have come across the term cloud hosting. Even though the term keeps popping up in regards to website hosting, it can often times be hard to find any information on what exactly cloud hosting is. Here is a look at what cloud hosting is and what benefits it can offer those that choose to go with cloud hosting for their websites.
Cloud hosting is when a website is present on more than one server. Many times when a person chooses to go with a more traditional and old school web hosting service, there is only one server that will hold all the information for the website. However, under cloud hosting there are multiple servers that are all connected to one main location. This use of multiple servers is where a lot of the benefits of cloud hosting come in.
There are two essential benefits of cloud hosting: cost and stability. Cost is a major benefit because a person who chooses to go with cloud hosting pays only for what server space they use. So if your website only has 100 visitors one day, you pay for that server space but if the next day you have 10,000 visitors you pay for 10,000 for that day. The flexibility with cost makes cloud hosting a very attractive web hosting option.
The second benefit of cloud hosting is that of stability. Many websites will experience crashes or outages because of an increased amount of traffic. These outages almost never happen when using a cloud server because the website is being hosted over multiple servers that can handle any massive increase of traffic. This increased insurance that the website will always be up and running is why many people choose to switch over to a cloud hosting server.
How Trustworthy is the Cloud?
In the past few years, there has been an increasingly large movement toward going to what is called “cloud hosting.” As we all know, the Cloud in question is the Internet, and hosting is where your sites are kept on servers that are not in an area which you physically control. Essentially, this is outsourcing the holding and technological maintenance of your website. The features that they tout are very impressive: climate controlled server space, expert IT workers on the clock 24/7, up times which average all but a few seconds per year of constant potential activity. Overall, there are a lot of different benefits that you can yield from outsourcing your website hosting.
But on the other hand, what about the downsides to your hosting? After all, bad things can happen to locations other than your own. And while their workers are no doubt very professional, can they completely be trusted, considering that they will have absolutely unlimited de facto access to your information? And on top of that, how much can anyone really trust that your connection to the offsite facility will remain stable and functional? There are a few variables here which cannot simply be shrugged off with any level of indifference. They all matter to your business, and they must all be dealt with satisfactorily.
The worst part of Cloud hosting is that it is not always managed hosting, either. In some cases, you may end up managing your own website on someone else’s servers, and becoming a sort of victim if something should end up happening to them. Keep in mind that in a situation such as that, a technical issue on their end instantly becomes a technical issue on your end, as well. Unless you are pretty keen on switching your servers in a matter of seconds, this kind of setup risks your up time average. What that really means is, you may lose plenty of income.