What is Cloud Computing or Cloud Hosting?

January 15th, 2010

You must have heard about the new term in hosting, called the cloud computing or cloud hosting on some of the web hosting sites out there, what does it really mean?

Wikipedia defines it as: Cloud computing is Internet- (“cloud-“) based development and use of computer technology (“computing”). In concept, it is a paradigm shift whereby details are abstracted from the users who no longer need knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure “in the cloud” that supports them. Cloud computing describes a new supplement, consumption and delivery model for IT services based on Internet, and it typically involves the provision of dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources as a service over the Internet.

The term cloud is used as a metaphor for the Internet, based on the cloud drawing used to depict the Internet in computer network diagrams as an abstraction of the underlying infrastructure it represents. Typical cloud computing providers deliver common business applications online which are accessed from a web browser, while the software and data are stored on servers.

What are the benefits of cloud hosting?

Cloud hosting benefits the users from various angles. It’s scalability and cost efficient is the commonly known advantages.

As the technology is highly scalable, website expansion can be done without the limitation in server resources. Think about the hassle of migrating your website from a shared server to a dedicated server; think about server crash when your website experienced a sudden surge – with the scalability of cloud hosting, all these problem can be avoided easily.

Cloud hosting companies charge their users based on the quantity of computing power used. It’s like your electricity and water supply bills – it’s pay-per-use. Gone are the days where you need to reserve high server powers in order to avoid website crash, server resources are now used on demand.

Is cloud computing for me?

Cloud hosting is NOT for small or medium size website, it many not even be got large static website getting a lot of traffic. However for hosting online software applications or extremely busy websites or site which get sudden surge of traffic, could may prove helpful. Basically, if you are looking for a Dedicated Server, then you should give Cloud Hosing a thought… else you don’t need this.

Check out this video, it helps you understand what cloud hosting is all about in a very simple way.

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