Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What is Cloud Hosting?

When web hosting meets cloud computing, the result is a variety of hosting products that let businesses dynamically scale resources according as their business needs fluctuate. By adjusting their hosting packages on an as-needed basis, businesses can save money by paying only for what they need and still avoid any downtime caused by servers going over capacity. In general, there are three general kinds of cloud hosting technologies that businesses can leverage to reap the cost efficiencies of cloud computing.

Cloud Shared Hosting
For businesses whose hosting needs are small to moderate, there is cloud shared hosting. This kind of hosting is designed for those who are just starting out a new online business or website. As a rule, cloud shared hosting plans offer increased reliability, performance and security. In a nutshell, these are businesses who are just starting out with a blog, an online community, or basic e-commerce website, and cloud shared hosting offers a great balance between low costs and high up-time.

Cloud Servers
At the next level, cloud servers offer businesses all the benefits of dedicated servers, but at a fraction of the cost. With a cloud server product, you can get flexibility, convenience, and the enhanced performance offered by cloud computing. Your servers can be dynamically scaled to meet the changing needs of your online business, and that will significantly reduce the costs of doing business because you will only have to pay for the bandwidth and server space that you actually use.

Cloud Storage
When cloud computing meets data back-up, cloud storage is what you get. Cloud storage offers online businesses high performance, future-proof and highly-scalable online data storage so that their media and files can be hosted and/or accessed from anywhere. Often using storage area network (SAN) disks, cloud storage plans tend to feature faster data throughput and improved reliability. This lets you store media files (such a video) and serve them up on your various web properties. It is also great for backing up your internal network files, or giving employees access to those files from anywhere in the world.

Doing Business in the Cloud
In a nutshell, if you're a company can't afford to experience any significant down-time, but still has to be prudent to not invest in more in your hosting than is necessary, then some kind of cloud hosting package is probably what your business needs. Basically, with a cloud hosting package, your business can save money by not spending more than you need to, but still harness all the benefits of cloud computing such as scalability and enhanced server performance. Such features are ideal for a company that's tech- and/or web-reliant, but doesn't have enough free resources to commit to something as comprehensive as a dedicated hosting package.

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