Cloud hosting is quickly becoming the industry standard when it comes to web hosting.
But what is cloud hosting? The cloud, despite its mystical name, isn’t all that perplexing. The cloud itself is essentially a group of physical servers locked securely in a climate-controlled room. This cluster of servers is what we call “the cloud.” Cloud hosting provides hosting on virtual servers and it receives its computing resources from this underlying network of physical servers.
More and more services are being offered on the cloud, which means you’re probably using the cloud a lot more than you realize. Checking your email? You’re in the cloud. Posting a photo on Instagram? That’s the cloud again. Uploading documents to Dropbox or Google Drive? That’s definitely cloud territory.
Check out the following 5 benefits of cloud hosting to learn why it’s becoming so prevalent in 2018.
1. It’s affordable and flexible.
The cost of cloud hosting is usually its selling point.
While traditional managed hosting involves an environment where resources such as RAM, Disk Space and Bandwidth are fixed—resulting in a locked monthly price—cloud hosting is a bit more flexible. Its virtual resources can be used 24/7 and it uses a pay-as-you-go model so customers only pay for what they use. Cloud hosting is so cost-effective because it scales computer power up or down, based on the amount required to match an active server in real time.
Cloud hosting cuts out the higher cost of hardware and uses a subscription-based model that’s easier on the wallet. This cost efficiency makes cloud hosting a great option for customers who have outgrown their shared hosting plan but don’t have a large IT budget to spend, as well as small to medium-sized businesses who want to scale their resources as their business grows. Customers are able to leverage key technologies and industry-leading VMware virtualization for on-demand hosting and high resource availability, all at an affordable price.
2. It’s very manageable.
Cloud hosting is very manageable and a server can be deployed in a matter of minutes. Once set up, you can access your cloud hosting through a simple web-based interface where you will find all of your applications and services—without the need of installing anything additional. Your service level agreement (SLA) ensures timely delivery, management, and maintenance of your IT services and tedious hardware updates are eliminated.
3. It offers the highest uptime possible.
Cloud hosting provides the highest uptime possible (the amount of time a server—and therefore your website—stays up and running).
Because cloud hosting customers get access to a server that is hosted virtually and no longer tied to one specific hardware server, if there is a possible disruption, your server will automatically fail-over to the next available server keeping your site online.
You don’t have to worry about your website going down due to a server crash or increased web traffic because there are always enough replacement resources. You can access your data no matter what happens to the physical machine.
4. It offers security and disaster relief.
In the past, only big banner companies could afford disaster relief but cloud hosting has made backups and recovery available to small and medium-sized businesses as well.
Although local data backups are always advisable, cloud backups offer a less resource-intensive way of protecting your data.
Cloud hosting offers more security than local servers, because your data is not stored physically on a single server. In case of a natural disaster or unforeseen event, you’ll never have to worry about losing critical data.
5. It’s environmentally-friendly.
While the above four reasons will benefit you and your business directly, the fifth advantage of cloud hosting benefits the environment—so cloud hosting is a win-win for all. Your server capacity scales up and down to fit your needs, so you only end up using the energy you need, which reduces your overall carbon footprint.
Cloud Hosting in a Nutshell
- It’s very affordable and you only pay for what you use
- It’s flexible so you can use more or fewer resources, depending on what your company needs
- It doesn’t depend on a single physical hardware, but rather on the computing power of several servers
- Because it doesn’t depend on physical hardware, it has the highest uptime (if one server fails, it automatically fails over to the next so your server stays online)
- Everything is accessible through one simple web-based interface
- Cloud backups are a less resource-intensive way of backing up your data
- Cloud backups also keep your data safe in case of a natural disaster or unforeseeable event
- It allows small to medium-sized businesses the option of affordable disaster recovery in the form of backups and security
- Because you’re only using the computing power you require, it’s better for the environment
If even a few of the above reasons appeal to you, it may be time to make the switch to cloud hosting.
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