Cloud Hosting options are becoming less costly and very popular because they offers the flexibility of increasing RAM, CPU, Bandwidth, Space like resources. The most important advantage of Cloud Hosting is the flexible pay as you go price model. We have discussed about the technical points on Cloud Hosting through numerous articles like Cloud Hosting and Cloud Servers. However, rather than technical points, we will discuss on the preliminary points which a general user seeks for.
What is Cloud Hosting
Unlike the traditional web server hosting options including dedicated server, Virtual Dedicated, Shared and server colocation, Cloud Hosting is based on Cloud Computing, which is a practical application of Virtualization technology allowing to add a huge number of servers which will act like a single server.
So, in case of Cloud Hosting, the server actually consists of several powerful computers.
What is the advantages of Cloud Hosting ?
If you have an account with any Cloud Hosting Providers, you can easily create, increase, decrease the physical resources like RAM, Disk space and computing power (Computing Cycles is used as an unit in Cloud Hosting). Apart from these, some Cloud Hosting providers allows a bigger version of shared cum VPS hosting – The Rackspace Cloud (Rackspace’s expansion of server is 60% bigger than that of Google) calls it Cloud Sites – very nice idea – Bandwidth, space, Computing Cycles will automatically increase if you need more. That means, if you cross the allowed quota in case of this kind of Cloud Hosting, you will simply be charged for the extra – unlike most conventional hosting, it will never show resource is used up or bandwidth limit exceeded. Moreover, you can use Windows or Linux as server OS or both together!
Cloud Hosting Options
You can choose the VPS hosting option in Cloud Hosting, select the RAM, Bandwidth, number of servers and install the things you need. It is the least costly option.
Rackspace has special Cloud Hosting setup, which I have mentioned ago – Cloud Sites. It is good for production sites with much load and flexibility. We are using Rackspace Cloud Sites.
Hybrid hosting – If you have your own colocation server, you can add some extra resources. It is for more bigger needs than the Cloud Sites.
Private Cloud Hosting – Intended for the enterprise grade Cloud Hosting.