If you are new to the concept of cloud hosting, then you may be wondering just how many apps you can host in the cloud. The answer, of course, is there is no limit. You can have an unlimited number of apps if you have the budget for it.

Just like in traditional computing, the number of apps you can host depends on how much server space you have. The difference is going to be the cost and the maintenance.

For instance, suppose you spend $10,000 on computers for storage. And then suppose that you spend $2,000 per month on overhead costs associated with their upkeep. That includes warehouse space, electricity, and associated maintenance costs. You have two people working around the clock to manage those computing assets for a total personnel cost of $5,000 per month. Can you host the same apps in the cloud for less?

First, if you get rid of your warehouse space, then you’ll save yourself an immediate $2,000 per month. By having someone else manage your server space, you can save yourself $5,000 per month in personnel costs – that’s a total of $7,000 per month that you’ll save. And let’s say you can sell your hardware for a $5,000 loss. That still gives you $5,000 in your pocket today.

Your problem now is to rent the same amount of server space in the cloud that you purchased with your $10,000, and to do it less than $7,000 per month. Is that possible? Absolutely.

The great thing about hosting apps in the cloud is this: If you ever need to scale up or down, you can do it much more easily than you can when you own your own hardware and maintain it yourself. And you can often do it for less.