The technological world has undergone tremendous changes in the last two decades. With these changes, there has been a significant shift in the way businesses provide services and interact with their customers. These days, more and more businesses are willing to utilize technology to offer mission-critical services through the internet. From banking to academic institutions, government agencies to big retailers, the internet has become an important service delivery channel worldwide.
In order to ensure high availability of these mission-critical websites and applications, it is crucial to make the right decisions on web hosting solutions to use for your online business. Several hosting solutions are available to an organization and in this article, I will discuss cloud web hosting solution, its advantages, and advantages.
Cloud web hosting refers to a hosting solution whereby the websites and applications utilize resources from multiple virtual server instances. Unlike in shared web hosting where many websites and applications share resources of only one server, cloud computing allows you to manage and maintain your website in a clustered servers environment thus providing you with dedicated computing power in terms of CPU, Memory, disk space, and bandwidth.
Advantages of Cloud Web Hosting
Scalability: in cloud web hosting you have the ability to increase or decrease the server resources as demand dictates. Websites which experience irregular traffic spikes are able to vary their resources requirements as the site traffic changes. This way there is no possibility of website outages due to resources constraints.
Cost Effectiveness: Only pay for the resources you use. Cloud Web hosting platforms only charge you for the resources you utilize. There are no upfront costs or long-term contracts and this ensures that you do not pay for resources which you do not need. For example why pay for 2GB storage for a site that can hardly utilize 100MB storage?
High Performance and reliability: In a cloud web hosting, the clustered server environment implements load balancing and redundancy solutions preventing the likelihood of a single point of failure. These two measures ensure that your pages load faster and that the website is not affected by the hardware failures of a single server.
Easier backup and recovery: In cloud web hosting, the backup and recovery mechanism are implemented to ensure there is quick turnaround time in the event of data loss.
Improved Security and compliance: Cloud web hosting providers normally build infrastructure-level resiliency and agility reducing the likelihood of security breaches. In addition, they assist with compliance and regulatory requirements such as PCI-DSS compliance for e-commerce sites reducing your compliance costs.
Disadvantages of cloud web Hosting:
Loss of control: Unlike in dedicated hosting where you have unfettered control to the servers hosting your websites and applications, in cloud web hosting you cede some of this control. The degree of flexibility may go down.
Security: As much as cloud security is improving, there still exists some degree of security risks since you are surrendering your sensitive information to third parties. Further, since your data is available on the internet, your data is prone to hacking risks.
Possible downtime; Although cloud web hosting companies guarantee 99.9% availability there is that 0.1% chance that the website may be unavailable to you and your customers.
From the above, it can be concluded that cloud web hosting presents your business with the necessary reliability, flexibility, agility, and scalability to be able to maintain and manage websites and applications which require fast loading speeds despite irregular surges in traffic. The noted disadvantages are also inherent in most of the other hosting solutions available to your business.