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Go Cloud Or Go Home

Ever wonder why the biggest businesses on the Web are into cloud hosting? Have you even noticed?

It’s true. Google offers Google Docs and many other services that, if used, put you in the cloud. In fact, Google is one of the loudest vocalists to sing the praises of cloud hosting and cloud computing. It’s no wonder. Cloud hosting services benefit Google tremendously. The company built its business in the cloud.

Amazon is perhaps the largest company in the world offering cloud hosting services. Its servers are very well known for handling the most amount of traffic, huge bandwidth performance, and security concerns.

Facebook, too, operates in the cloud. However, it operates in the cloud in a different sort of way. By having its own data center with servers that can share the load of its massive operation, Facebook has become its own best computing asset. It’s a good model to follow if you plan to get big online.

These three companies – Google, Amazon, and Facebook – all use cloud hosting in vastly different ways. Google provides free cloud services to anyone, which allows it to draw in traffic for its core business. Amazon sells cloud services to those in need. And Facebook uses its own datacenter for personal business – it’s own interests.

Whatever your needs are in the cloud, cloud hosting can certainly meet them. Just set your plan in place and pursue it aggressively.

Amazon has announced that it is now offering music hosting in the cloud. This represents something new in the way of cloud hosting.

First, historically, cloud hosting has been the province of enterprise businesses. Even then, not all of them have been sold on the idea. But in the last couple of years we’ve seen more and more small and mid-size businesses asking about cloud hosting, and purchasing it. But if consumers and end users can host their personal music, videos, multimedia, and other projects, then that represents a new phase in the cloud hosting story arc.

Yes, cloud hosting has gone mainstream. And not only that, it’s gone mainstream in a huge way. I believe it’s here to stay.

Amazon’s offer includes 5 MB of free music hosting space. If you require more, you can upgrade to 20 MB for $20. But that’s the first year. I don’t know what it will be after that.

I think this is just a first step, not just for Amazon, but for the cloud in particular. We will see more cloud service options springing up for consumers. I can imagine a video storage site to allow users to host their own videos. I’m not talking about video sharing like YouTube. I mean straight hosting and storage. And, again, this is just the beginning. There’s more great consumer-oriented cloud hosting to come.