What is Cloud Hosting?
The Web hosting industry has been evolving continuously, constantly breaking barriers to ensure security and infrastructure for a more demanding and ambitious clientele base. Companies that offer Web hosting services are more commonly known as Web hosts. Web hosts offer a variety of services for their customers, from the most basic service of web page hosting for personal web pages, to more complex services, such as specialized support and infrastructure for e-Commerce operations.
Cloud Hosting as a Variant of Web hosting:
There is a wide range of Web hosting services available to the public at large nowadays: free web hosting, shared web hosting, reseller, web hosting, Virtual Private Server (VPS), dedicated hosting, managed hosting, collocation hosting, cloud hosting, clustered hosting, grid hosting, and home servers.
Cloud hosting, dedicated, collocation and VPS hosting are full-featured hosting services, which offer high performance, versatility, ingenuity and infrastructure to ensure a secure and manageable environment that meets all your needs to better promote your personal web page or to ensure your businesses success.
Cloud hosting draws its name from the concept that data should be stored in such a way that it would become invisible over the Internet, effectively shrouded in a cloud and obscured from plain sight.
Main features of Cloud hosting:
Cloud hosting is one of the latest hosting platforms, which has become very popular in a short amount of time, due to its features that allow for more powerful, extensible and secure hosting set-up on clustered load-balanced servers. This is possible due to its geographic redundancy features, as it offers much more power and security through a chain of servers, connected through a communication network. The geo-redundancy feature offers continuous protection against technical issues such as single pieces of hardware going down, natural disasters or local power disruptions, as cloud hosting is not centralized; so, some computers in the cloud can compensate for others that malfunction or go down.
Cloud hosting consist of an application or a programme running on one or multiple connected servers, instead of a local computing device such as a PC, Smartphone, notebook, laptop or tablet. The Cloud computing service works on one or more connected computers in tandem, which operate on the concept of virtualisation. Virtualisation consists of one or more servers that are configured and partitioned into a multitude of servers, which function independently but appear to the user as a single physical device.
The concept of virtualisation in Cloud hosting therefore enables users to back up, upload, synchronize, share, collaborate and keep several versions of their files, and in cases where the cloud hosting companies offer this option, it also allows administrators to manage permissions, restrictions and access to the files for certain users.
Cloud hosting offers many advantages:
- Resource pooling
- Device and location independence
- Fast service metering
- High performance
- High productivity
- Low computing costs
- Easy maintenance
Cloud hosting companies will usually back up their offer with a guarantee that the data is not vulnerable to any form of exposure, tampering, theft or destruction. The data becomes impervious to threat from hackers, malware, viruses, man-made and natural disasters thanks to the process of encryption. Various Cloud hosting companies will maintain the idea that their encryption locks down data tighter than Fort Knox, but it's wise to compare encryption rates for upload, download, backup, synced files, and all other processes involved in the maintenance and daily functioning of your website.