What is Cloud hosting? A short definition

Posted on Oct 14 2010

The term Cloud hosting origins from Cloud computing, where two and more computers are connected in a system. The servers included in this system are not simply bundled, processing different tasks, they are collaboratively processing redundant tasks and storing data parallel, which guarantees the security of your data and the flawless experience for your users or website visitors. Connected together they share resources and thus can act as a supercomputer. Cloud hosting today is based on the most innovative hosting technologies available right now and allows your files stored and your websites to be hosted on unlimited number of machines that act as one system.

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A Quick Comparison of Cloud hosting and Traditional Hosting

Posted on Sep 23 2010

Cloud Hosting is a very reliable, easily scalable and affordable hosting solution that differs from the traditional hosting solutions in several aspects. Here is a short comparison that will make the differentiation more clear for you.

Cloud vs. Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is the most popular hosting solution that can suit even the most tight budget. But using a shared hosting solution also means that the user has to share the server resources with other users. If your website is hosted on a shared hosting server, all your data and the application you are using, will be hosted with the applications of all other users on one and the same server. Your website will share the same server resources as all other websites on the server such as CPU, Memory, disc space, bandwidth etc. The servers running shared hosting accounts are almost always fully loaded. If one website overloads the server, all users will suffer from low speed or downtime.

On the cloud your website is hosted not only on one but on several servers connected to work as one. You don’t depend on only one machine – even if one machine is broken, the others will backup its data and processes and no downtime will appear.

Cloud vs. VPS Hosting

The virtual private server, called VPS, is a hosting solution that also uses virtualization technology just like Cloud hosting does. The VPS allows multiple servers to function as one physical server for a higher utilization of the available resources. It is also known as Dedicated virtualization or Private Cloud. Unfortunately the VPS servers are less efficient since they allocate a guaranteed amount of resources to each client that can never be rerouted to others. This means that one client could have multiple free resources, while another is overloaded.

Cloud vs. Grid Hosting

Grid hosting has emerged before Cloud hosting. It combines the resources of several physical machines into one computing Grid. On Grid based servers the Webmasters can easily increase the physical resources if necessary.

In Grid hosting computers are also coupled as in Cloud hosting. The difference is, that all machines process different parts of a larger task.

Cloud vs. Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated Servers are combined with managed hosting services. The web hosting provider leases out the full control to the client. But he still owns the machines and has to monitor the performance of the server ensuring the uninterrupted work flow of the server. This service also includes technical support, backup services, installation of security patches etc. and thus are more expensive than Cloud hosting.

Another difference between the two hosting solutions, is that the resources of a dedicated server are usually used below 60%, so it never runs at full capacity. A fully loaded cloud can save a lot of electricity and money since it can replace 5 times of the dedicated servers.

Key Features and Benefits of Cloud Hosting

Posted on Aug 19 2010

Cloud hosting has many features that are to the benefit of the end user.

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