Cloud technologies are utilized to offer a more scalable and cost-efficient hosting but Cloud Hosting may not be ideal for all websites. However, in certain situations and website types, it becomes a very strong companion for your website. In this post, we will discuss three main advantages of Cloud Hosting and then you can determine whether it’s good or bad for your website.
Before we begin, for those who are not very familiar with Cloud Hosting, let me give you a quick brief on how it works. In Cloud Hosting, there are multiple servers which are spread across a geographical area that is brought together with a technique called virtualization.
The summation and interlinking of these multiple servers together form the Cloud. What virtualization actually does is that all the hosting resources needed to efficiently run and host a website such as CPU, RAM, and Storage Space are combined and then distributed across all the hosted websites.
If you break it down, it is very similar to shared hosting but the difference is that instead of sharing the resources of a single server with other hosted websites, you share the resources of a wide range of servers connected together.
What are the Advantages of Using Cloud Hosting?
In Cloud Hosting, the architecture is built in such a way that all the resources needed to run your website are distributed across multiple servers.
Because of this, there is no chance of a single point of failure.
What this means is that in case one of the servers on the Cloud suffers physical failure, it is automatically replaced by another server on the Cloud seamlessly without any effect on your website uptime or performance. This is great for sites that need maximum uptime like stock trading, eCommerce or sites that hold sensitive information.
Although website reliability is important for all kinds of websites, it is particular for eCommerce and online transaction-based website from a business standpoint. This is because it is observed that if the website goes down once while doing an online transaction the users never return back to the website thus losing the customer forever.
That being said, Cloud Hosting is highly recommended for websites like eCommerce portals, marketplaces, stock trading portals, banking and eWallet based websites, news sites, and media houses, etc.
A common mistake in terms of hosting is that at times you tend to overspend on hosting resources when your website does not really need them.
In Cloud Hosting, as all the collective servers over the Cloud work as a single powerful server, you have the ability to utilize resources only as much as your website needs and pay for them accordingly. What this means is that you can pay only for the resources you use.
This will enable you to be in complete control of your hosting bills.
The ability to pay by the resources you use is a very helpful advantage in various situations. For instance, for an e-commerce website where the incoming traffic load is very high during festival seasons such as Diwali or Christmas or Cyber Mondays and Black Friday, etc. you might require more hosting resources than usual.
With the help of efficient scalability of resources with Cloud hosting, you can make these resources available with a click of a button and pay additional for them and not sacrifice on the user’s experience.
And as soon as the peak season ends, you may release the added hosting resources such as CPU, RAM and Storage Space and reduce the Cloud hosting bills and thus stay in complete control of your hosting billing expenses.
As your website grows, and you start getting a lot more traffic to your website, your website will need more hosting resources.
If your resources fall short, your website will slow down or even crash if the system cannot cope with the incoming traffic.
The way Cloud Hosting is built enables it to solve this problem easily. In Cloud Hosting, there are multiple servers put together in a pool that makes the whole network seems like a single, very powerful server.
In case new servers need to be added or removed from the Cloud, it can be done very instantly. Hence it is ideal for web platforms like news portals and eCommerce websites which have the tendency to encounter traffic spikes and surges.
As a suggestion, it would also be wise to go for Managed Cloud Hosting where the hosting provider’s team is assigned to you on a dedicated or a shared level and they take care of your requirements of scalability and hosting management so that you do not have to spend time and resources in upscaling and down-scaling as and when required.
Before we begin, let us clarify that it is not that other hosting types such as Dedicated and VPS hosting are not secured. Security is always a function of the infrastructure, added security software and the measures taken by the website owner. However, for the benefit of the reader and to be aligned with the topic, it would make sense to talk about Cloud Hosting security features.
To begin with, the hosted website data is divided and distributed across multiple servers making it difficult for hackers and external breaches to surgically strike on a website hosted on the Cloud.
Moreover, as a protocol, all data transmitted, received and stored over the Cloud is by default encrypted. The encryption ensures that the data remains safe from unwanted parties and cannot be accessed or viewed with the correct decryption protocol.
If all else fails, it is also a good idea to identify Cloud Hosting providers who integrate High end, 3rd party website security tools such as SiteLock. This tool constantly scans the website for malware and notifies the website stakeholders in case of any breach detected. Be on a lookout for hosting providers who provide such features within their Cloud Hosting plans.
Upon review of the above advantages of Cloud Hosting, you can gauge if it can be aligned with your website’s needs. But if you break it down, if a site requires high reliability and scalability without effective cost-effectiveness, Cloud Hosting is perfect for you.
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