When you set up a website for your company and promote it, you are surely going to see an increase in traffic each month. You are going to be excited about the huge numbers of people visiting your site; until one fine day when your servers come down – they crash. This happens because the servers where your website is hosted are unable to take the extra load. What do you do? You pay even more money and buy bigger servers and you keep doing that every time traffic increases. You pay for these servers when you’re using them and when you’re not using them.
Another major issue with a lot of downtime is that your customers get frustrated and leave you. Your business gets affected.
Imagine the time and money you are investing in maintaining your website and the risk you’re taking with your business
No more! You have a better option: cloud computing.
You may ask what this is.
Do you have to sit under the clouds and work? Does it work when there’s sun?
Phew! What exactly is it?
With cloud computing you have access to instant computing power … when you need it … on demand. You can put your website on a “cloud server” just like you would use a dedicated server.
This is called “cloud hosting.” If you’re not aware of it, you’re already a part of cloud hosting. Everything from the search to other operations in Google is running under a huge computer infrastructure – the cloud. You are tapping into this whenever you access Google from your computer.
Cloud web hosting is a type of “Dedicated Web Hosting” that is operated on a cluster of servers and not limited to a single server. Users can access web hosting services from the Net. The data is stored in dedicated servers on the Net and cached temporarily on the desktops, notebooks etc.
Three benefits of cloud hosting:
One of the major benefits of cloud hosting is that it handles load balance and hardware resources virtually, giving the website access to the processing power of numerous servers that are distributed in real time, as against the power of a single server.
As we mentioned earlier, the high levels of scalability makes expansion of your website extremely easy without worrying about the server resources. You can avoid all the problems associated with shifting to a dedicated server from a shared server when your traffic increases. You can avoid a server crash when there is a sudden spike in traffic.
When you have an increased number of visitors to your site, if you suddenly need extra computing power, you can scale it as much as you need immediately. If the number of visitors reduces, you can release your servers back into the cloud.
There is no waiting time when you need to contact your hosts to upgrade because of the spike in traffic. When you need extra computing power, you get it instantly. Later, if you don’t need it anymore, it is taken away instantly. The computing power is always there for when you need it.
The sweetest benefit is that of cost savings. I know I have your full attention now.
You are only charged for the amount of computing power you used up. It’s almost like paying your gas or water bill. Pay only for as much as you use.
Where is the hardware?
How does all this work? Where is the hardware or the server? It’s only natural to have these questions, because you cannot touch the hardware. But you use your computer to access the cloud server remotely and control it. You can put whatever you need on it and disconnect it when you’re done.
The key with cloud computing is not to bother about the hardware; you are only concerned with your website, similar to how you wouldn’t be bothered about where your email is hosted.
You no longer have to pay for high-end servers just to handle any sudden surges in traffic and avoid downtime or a crash. With cloud web hosting, you use as much or as less as you want.
Cloud hosting is not a new concept, but it is coming into its own only now because of technological advances. Time you dumped those old servers or web hosting packages and reached for the clouds.