Cloud hosting services provide hosting environments on virtual servers which pull their computing resource from extensive underlying networks of physical servers. Cloud hosting exists as an alternative to on premise, physical servers (either dedicated or shared). Like all cloud computing services, cloud server hosting means that server space can be consumed as a service rather than requiring the purchase of costly hardware and physical space. This shift means that businesses can tap into as much server space as they need at any given time – depending on their demands – and only pay for what they actually use.
The primary benefits of a cloud-based hosting architecture include:
- Rapid elasticity allows businesses to adjust resources immediately to meet demand and only pay for what is actually used. This allows your organization’s network to grow at the same rate as your business.
- Load balancing features allow organizations to pool resources and achieve exceptional uptime and availability by quickly responding to changing demands.
- Reliability; rather than being hosted on one single instance of a physical server, your business’ website is hosted on a virtual partition which draws its resources from an extensive network of underlying servers. Under this model, no single server has the ability to take down your company’s website.
There are several different types of cloud hosting – public, private and hybrid. In a public cloud model, cloud services are provided in a virtualized environment, are constructed using shared physical resources and are accessible over a public network, such as the internet.
Private clouds afford businesses all of the same benefits as public cloud hosting, with the added advantage of increased security. Private clouds allow you to own the underlying hardware at an offsite data center and keep your network behind a firewall, but as you can imagine this comes with a hefty price tag, and negates the benefits of cloud solutions for many small and mid-sized business.
The third option for cloud server hosting is a hybrid cloud environment, in which an organization provides and manages some cloud resources in-house and has others provided externally over a public network. The hybrid option gives your business the flexibility to customize your organization’s infrastructure.
Let the team of cloud hosting experts at ATB Technologies help your business determine what cloud hosting environment makes the most sense for your organization. Contact us today to begin reaping the benefits of cloud based hosting solutions, 314-878-4166.