cloud hosting cloud computingCloud hosting is nothing new. Its basis was first conceived of in the 1960s, believe it or not. But its popularity picked up in the 1980s and has continued expanding since then. Amazon catapulted the concept into the mainstream in the early 2000s after the dot com bubble burst and the company discovered it had a lot of servers that were barely being used.

There should be a distinction between cloud computing and cloud hosting, however. First, let’s discuss “the cloud”.

The cloud is another name for the Internet. It represents decentralized computer networks. Before the Internet, computers were connected locally via cables and hardware connections, if at all. Large corporations may have had wide area networks, but that’s a different story.

Cloud computing came about as a way for companies in need of services to have access to those services without owning the hardware necessary to provide the services. They were able to pay for individual services on an as needed basis instead of paying for services they didn’t need or a computer mainframe that had a lot of empty space on it. It truly was a need that had to be filled.

Cloud hosting is an outgrowth of cloud computing. Realistically speaking, you can have cloud computing without the Internet. But cloud hosting inherently implies the use of the Internet. It allows companies the use of services at remote locations over the Internet and to do so much less expensively than traditional computing or cloud computing alone could do.

Now, there are drawbacks to cloud hosting. Let’s be honest. Some critics point to lower security standards and privacy issues. But there are ways around those. The benefits to cloud hosting far outweigh the drawbacks. This blog will cover those benefits and discuss the drawbacks in future posts.

I believe that cloud computing has a bright future. I don’t think it will replace traditional computing completely. It likely will not replace cloud computing as a service, not entirely. But there will be a growing interest in cloud computing over time and as more individuals and businesses become aware of the benefits I believe we’ll see its use more widely spread.