Cloud hosting is rapidly becoming popular as a cost-effective web hosting solution. Even some companies that used dedicated servers for hosting their sites are fast switching to for ensuring that the cost of web hosting solution for their web sites never exceeds their budgets. Some of the richest companies in terms of annual turnover, namely, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, have already switched to cloud hosting for managing their websites, a sure shot indication that the concept is not just a craze for a couple of years.
Cloud hosting is based on several servers pooling their resources together to meet some requirements for a client, be it resources, bandwidth, or different software. It is basically a simple form of data center set up where virtualization technologies are put to use in order to make the entire hosting concept hassle-free. The technology is advantageous because there are no individual servers to manage, and no operating systems or devices that need to be set up or managed. The client needs to load his application and the rest happens automatically.
The technology is also quite flexible, because the hardware and software configurations of the servers can be altered as per changing requirements. The settings get updated automatically. This leads to easier upgrades in technology, should the client require it at any point of time. The platform of the software is never a cause for concern either, because if an application runs on Windows platform, it will automatically be processed by the Windows based server in the cluster. If, on the other hand, the software belongs to Linux platform, its processing will be carried out by the Linux based server only.
Irrespective of the providers, cloud hosting usually comes with the following common advantages:
1.Easy implementation – No additional hardware or software resources need to be purchased to implement cloud hosting, making it highly economical to set up and maintain.
2.Powerhouse of resources – Most cloud hosting services can go toe to toe with the best web hosting service providers out there in terms of server resources and bandwidth, due to the advantage of shared resources between different servers.
3.Free goodies – Cloud hosting services come with free static IPs and automatic, free load balancing, both of which are essential goodies for people who host high-traffic sites for long periods of time.
These advantages, and a solid infrastructural advantage over other hosting solutions have given cloud computing (or cloud hosting) a natural edge in the field of web hosting service. In the coming years, its popularity is only expected to grow more and more.