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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.

Cloud hosting isn’t going anywhere any time real soon. I believe it’s here to stay for some very simple reasons.

  • No. 1, there’s no other hosting solution that is as scalable as cloud hosting. If you need more bandwidth right now, today, then call your hosting company. It’s done. With traditional hosting, they won’t upgrade you until you’ve paid for the extra bandwidth, and then if you need to scale down again, it’s a nearly impossible task.
  • You also get redundancy. This is a huge benefit because your cloud host will save your data on multiple machines at once. If one machine goes down, then you won’t lose your data – not even for a nanosecond. It will still be accessible to other machines on the network and your operations are continuous.
  • By charging you based on the amount of computing assets you consume, you’ll get more cost efficiency. That means you won’t have loads of storage space going unused. Instead, you’ll be billed only for what you use, leading to less cost per storage unit.
  • Cloud hosting is in huge demand. Companies are realizing the benefits and are flocking to it in droves.

All of this spells a long road ahead of us where cloud hosting is concerned. It’s not going anywhere any time soon.

What Is A Honeypot?

A honeypot, in simple terms, is a trap. It’s a trap for spammers or malicious software peddlers. For IT professionals, it’s an interesting thing. You set out a computer or a network for the sole purpose of luring malicious viruses and such in and trapping them so that they can’t access your real networks.

If you are going to operate in the cloud – that is, use cloud hosting – then you need to become very familiar with honeypots, honeynets, and honeyfarms.

A honeypot is a single computer that is isolated from the rest of your network. It looks like it has valuable information on it for hackers, which is what makes it attractive. But you have to put a firewall around it so that hackers can’t access your real network through it.

A honeynet is a network of honeypots. If you have a larger network or cloud set up, then you might need a honeynet to be more effective.

A honeyfarm is a centralized collection of honeypots. It is distinguished from a honeynet in that several honeypots can co-exist at the same location without being networked. These are particularly useful to cloud hosting providers who have several clients on various machines and they want to keep all them separate.

Honepots, honeynets, and honeyfarms are useful security measures for anyone operating in the cloud. Get very familiar with them for your own benefit.

Small businesses have been on the advance in the cloud. Ever since the first day of the World Wide Web, there has been an increase in the number of businesses creating an internet presence. Traditional web hosting grew into a big business almost overnight. Cloud hosting has had more of a steady increase over time, but in the last couple of years it has grown by leaps and bounds.

More and more, small businesses every day go online to make their mark. It’s almost like they are marching out to sea. They are advancing upon an enemy, closing ranks, and increasing their online marketing strength with each bit and byte and megabyte. I consider that a good thing.

Cloud hosting is nothing new. It is, however, more affordable now than it ever has been. And that’s why so many businesses – small businesses in particular – are looking to cloud hosting for their online leverage.

When you host in the cloud, you give your business wings. It becomes more flexible and scalable. And its overall strength and endurance goes up a hundredfold. Increase your presence in the cloud and it’s even better. There’s no reason for your business to get in on the mad rush to cloud hosting. Get on the bus or it will leave without you.

If you’re one of the people still not sold on cloud hosting, consider these 5 reasons that cloud hosting is better than shared hosting:

  1. No Hardware Dependence – No longer do you have to worry that you’ll run out of hard drive space, RAM, or processor power. If you do, you can add more in seconds.
  2. More Reliable – You can store all your data on back up machines so if one goes down, then you can keep working without any breaks or down time. This is a very powerful feature of cloud hosting.
  3. Unlimited Scalability – With cloud hosting, you have virtual servers. You can add, reduce, swap, or remove resources all day long without losing data.
  4. Much Better Performance – On shared hosting, if your site is hit by an overwhelming number of visitors at one time, you and all the other sites on the same server could experience an overload and go down. With cloud hosting, resources can be re-allocated so that this doesn’t become an issue.
  5. More Energy Efficient – Computer components often use the same amount of energy whether sitting idle or fully loaded. So if you have a fully loaded cloud machine that replaces two shared machines loaded at 50%, you’ll save energy. The cloud computers will show a better performance on a full load than your shared computers on half a load.

If you are teetering on the brink of switching from your traditional host to a cloud host and you aren’t sure yet that you want to, consider the following three reasons why you may want to switch to cloud hosting.

  1. Cloud hosting is more secure – With cloud hosting, you have the flexibility to move your data around from one server to another without sacrificing security. In fact, this flexibility is itself a secure transaction. If you believe a server has been compromised, or runs the risk of being compromised, you can move your data to another server, test it, clean it, and move it back. You can do this freely without additional charge.
  2. More customization – Traditional hosts do not allow you to customize your server settings. But with cloud hosting, you can customize your server settings to meet your needs – current and future. You can change your server settings any time you desire.
  3. It is less costly per hosting unit – Cloud hosting is also less costly per unit since you only pay for the server space you use. If you are using 1,000 GB of space, then that’s what you pay for. You don’t pay for unused server space. Period.

Cloud hosting is here to stay. There are more benefits, but these rank right up there at the top.

The long-running trend for Internet services is to outsource it. Whether the services are Internet marketing services, other freelance services, or cloud hosting services, when it becomes popular, you’ll find everyone coming out of the woodwork to sell the service then outsourcing it to the lowest bidder.

We won’t talk about whether this is an ethical practice or not. After all, business is business. I understand staring a business, attracting clients, then reaching your limit to how much of the client business you can service. You have to hire people to take up the extra load.

But what if the hosting company you hire bills itself as a cloud hosting company that can meet all your needs, then you find out that they are just a regular run-of-the-mill hosting company that outsources its cloud products? Would you feel gypped then?

This is the current state of cloud hosting. Traditional web hosts are starting to sell cloud hosting, but they’re outsourcing the cloud part.

Personally, I’d recommend that you look for a cloud host that actually provides the service. Otherwise, you’ll be paying more for the service than it’s actually worth. But more importantly, you’ll be using a cloud host provider that specializes in providing cloud services.

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.

Sometimes, terms can be confusing. Or even downright misleading. Such is the case with data storage.

Data storage is simply a term used to describe the practice of storing information on computers. As such, data storage is not inherently an aspect of cloud hosting. After all, you could store your data on your computer assets at your business location and that would not constitute cloud hosting even in its most elementary defined ways. That is not to say that data storage is never considered cloud hosting.

Data storage becomes cloud hosting when you store your data at remote locations on the Internet. For instance, there are Web services that allow you to move your information online and store it on a server by delivering it digitally through FTP or through another Web-based protocol. How much information you are allowed to store in such circumstances depends on how much you are willing to pay for the privilege to do so.

Let’s take a simple and basic example. Flickr is a service that allows users to store photos online. They can also share their photos with their friends. The basic service is free. But you can upgrade. Some people have stored their photos on Flickr for personal use.

By storing your information online, you are able to retrieve it from any location in the world. That’s the primary benefit of data storage in the cloud, though there are others.

A dedicated server is a server that you own or lease that is your own. You don’t share it with anyone. Traditional web hosts lease space on shared servers. That is, you have your website and data hosted on a server that other people also have data and websites hosted on. Because it is a shared server, it is typically very cheap and affordable for most businesses and individuals.

Traditional web hosts have been offering dedicated servers since the earliest days of web hosting. But you do have to pay more for them. They’re not cheap.

Since the advent of cloud hosting, many traditional web hosts have started offering dedicated servers and calling them cloud hosting services. It’s important that you know the differences before you start shopping around. Just because you are leasing a dedicated server doesn’t mean you are hosting in the cloud.

That said, a dedicated server could be cloud hosted. Dedicated servers are almost always located in a data center. If you own the server, then it is likely a colocation service. But if you lease the server, then you are simply leasing a hosting service.

What distinguishes a dedicated server in the cloud versus traditional web hosting is often what is loaded on the server. If you are also leasing applications that don’t typically come with the server, then you are participating in cloud hosting with a dedicated server.