To share or access any webpage, image or an app across the internet, needs to be first hosted on a server. There are different types of web hosting service to achieve this, like Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, Cloud Hosting, etc. Among these hosting types, Cloud Hosting is one of most scalable and cost effective. Although Cloud Hosting is highly scalable and reliable, it has a learning curve to manage efficiently and should ideally be managed by experienced personnel.
Features of Cloud Hosting that make it more efficient than other Hosting types
1. Hosting Server Architecture
In the traditional web hosting, the website is hosted on a single server. However, in Cloud Hosting, there is an array of servers spread across the geography, who come together to and work as a single powerful server. This requires virtualization of hosting resources such as CPU, RAM and Storage Space and then isolation of these server resources across all hosted websites. Moreover, websites can also experience traffic spikes and need to scale up the allocated resources to ensure uninterrupted services to their users. This requirement needs to be effectively handled too. Maintenance and management of such an ecosystem requires experience and expertise.
2. Disaster recovery
In Cloud Hosting, by virtue of its design, data is stored on multiple servers, interconnected with each other. So, even if one server fails, this type of storage architecture makes the data less susceptible to damage. They use the technique of data mirroring which is not used in other types of hosting. Data mirroring replicates data on three different servers. So, even if one primary server fails, there is no single point of failure. Nowadays, hosting providers are using Ceph architecture which provides a 3N level of redundancy. It is a complex storage architecture specially designed to provide good scalable options and prevent data damage/loss of the users.
Cloud Hosting is based on an infrastructure model that offers highest levels of data security standards by leveraging technologies like virtualization, account isolation, segregation of storage, etc. It is important to understand that in the end, Cloud resources are shared across multiple sites and due to this, there are miscreants looking for a chance to attack one or more sites on the Cloud. This means additional security measures have to be taken by the hosting provider. However, the fact that the data that is transmitted or received is encrypted, makes it more difficult for hackers. The hosting providers also use various tools such as SiteLock which can help find, fix and prevent malwares and security vulnerabilities if any.
Cloud is thus a complex but also a very efficient piece of machinery. The data centers, storage architecture, virtualization, advanced security measures just add to the list of benefits. But a Cloud Hosting provider ensures that these doesn’t come in the way to monitor the performance of your website and resources. Also, the state of the infrastructure, highest security standards and an assurance of maximum uptime and speed make Cloud Hosting plans a great option for your website.