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What is Cloud Hosting?
Imagine for a moment that you are going to a restaurant. This restaurant somehow makes the food you love and it’s actually cheaper than just making it for yourself at home. The problem is that the place you want to eat at is always too busy for you to go to. To respond to this the restaurant opens up more restaurants. Same food. Same prices. Just different locations.
Cloud hosting servers are similar because unlike a traditional server a cloud server is hosted across multiple physical machines instead of the usual single servers that typically exist. Cloud hosting helps keep all of your work in a digital location instead of a physical one.
When something is sent to “the cloud” it is being hosted in one location, but is supported by multiple physical machines. As a result, resources are spread out and put less strain on those individual machines.
Like a VPS hosting server, you still have your own individual server within those machines but unlike a VPS it can be scaled to support, or not support, as much traffic as you want. Clients who’s businesses see spikes at certain points of the year, think Cyber Monday, typically invest in cloud hosting.
Difference between Cloud Hosting and VPS Hosting
Both VPS and cloud hosting have their benefits and drawbacks. Neither of them is the wrong option it’s more about whatever option is better for you. At Power Surge we offer both options to you and can help you decide which one is better for your individual website, but there are some key differences between the two that you should be aware of.
VPS servers have more customization
A VPS server is typically more customizable because it is all stored in a single location. You have full control over the operating system (OS) and typically receive root access to make the website however you want it. This is a major benefit of VPS style servers.
Cloud servers on the other hand must make sure that every single physical machine can co-exist with one another. It’s not as customizable, because the major benefit of cloud based hosting is scaling and as such, it needs to be able to jump from machine to machine easily.
Cloud servers are scalable
However, as mentioned earlier, the scaling issue with VPS servers can be challenging if you are frequently pushing your server to its access limits. Since you only have a single server to contain your VPS, if there is a heavy amount of traffic you will need to invest in a second physical server to provide support to your VPS.
This can, of course, be expensive if you have multiple physical servers that exist exclusively as backups for when you are pushing the limit of your server. Cloud based servers are run from multiple physical locations by nature. So you can scale them up or down based on current or expected traffic.
Do you run a commerce business that gets very busy during the holidays? Every second your website spends down is lost potential. With cloud based servers we can increase the physical machines necessary for the uptick and adjust to it. Once those extra server spaces are no longer necessary it can be scaled back down to adjust.
Benefits of Cloud Hosting
If you are consistently pushing your server to its breaking point then a cloud based server may be what you are looking for. This server is great for anyone that is looking for the scalability options that so many websites need these days. Of course, there are other benefits to cloud based hosting that you should be aware of.
Redundant Server Environment
When you are being hosted on a singular server you have to be wary of the status of that singular server at all times. When that server goes down then that means your entire website is down. It’s going to stay down until the server has been repaired.
When you have redundant servers through cloud hosting there will always be a server to continue hosting so when your website is down, even for just a moment, it will be back online in no time. You don’t even need to have a redundant site backup, like you would on other hosting servers, because the cloud server always has a live version available. This is why it’s a redundant server environment and not just a redundant server.
No Hardware Issues
A giant storm has just rolled through and lightning struck the building your server is being hosted in. Bad news. Server is fried. Until you can get your website established on another server you are without a website because of what happened to the physical location of your server.
Through cloud based hosting this does not happen. When your server is hosted on a cloud you do not have to worry about the physical damage that has taken place. Your website is still being hosted on a physical machine somewhere, and one of those machines can indeed have hardware issues, but you have other machines in other locations to maintain hosting for you.
Websites Are Faster
Do you need a faster website? Cloud based servers are some of the speediest available thanks to their scalability options and not putting the strain on a single individual server. With server resources being spread out across multiple machines it puts less stress on the server which in turn allows the website to run quicker.
When you are in need of a faster website you sometimes just need to expand the servers. Heavy traffic that stays on a website can slow down and hamper your server. Don’t let that happen with cloud based hosting.
At Power Surge we offer many cloud based hosting options. They include:
Starting at $32.75 a month you can’t beat our cloud based storage options. If you would like to know more then feel free to contact us so we can discuss what the best server options are for you! We will take your websites and make it the best it can possibly be.