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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.


5 Levels Of Cloud Hosting

There are different levels of cloud hosting. Not all are created equal, and if you want to preserve your company’s IT department while benefiting from the cloud, there are some solutions that won’t work for you while others are more suited to that arrangement. Here are 5 levels of cloud hosting that you should be aware of.

  1. Dedicated Server – A dedicated server is just what is sounds like. You have a single dedicated server that is yours. You don’t share it. You own it.
  2. Managed Server – A managed server is a server that you own, but that is managed by someone else. That typically means the server is at a remote location whereas a dedicated server can be on-site. This may also be called co-hosting.
  3. Virtual Server – A virtual server is a partial server that acts as a server on its own. The cloud host partitions the server and loads each independent part with its own software. You can have a part of a server that acts as a full server.
  4. Datacenter – You can have your own fleet of servers, called a datacenter. This can be on-site or remote.
  5. As-A-Service Models – These exist in a fee-based model that allow you to contract for specific needs. The most common service models are Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service. You lease or purchase only those features you want and need as you want and need them.

Which level of cloud hosting is right for you depends on your computing needs. I recommend undertaking a feasibility study within your company to first determine your needs, then the costs to meet them.

8 Essential Cloud Resources

When it comes to cloud computing, there are essential resources and resources that are optional. Here are 8 essential resources for hosting in the cloud.

  1. Server – Whether you own your own server or you are renting from a service provider, you can’t do business in the cloud without your own server or computer hardware.
  2. Operating System – Every cloud host needs an operating system. If you are a customer storing data in the cloud or a service provider, there needs to be an operating system.
  3. Software – What are you doing in the cloud if not hosting your essential software packages?
  4. Security – You can’t have a public or a private cloud without the proper security. This item is essential no matter what your role is.
  5. Applications – Everything in the cloud depends on how you deploy your apps.
  6. Bandwidth – Bandwidth is essential. Make sure you have plenty of it and that it is available when you need it.
  7. Management – Every server needs a manager. Whether you manage your own cloud or you hire someone to manage the cloud for you, management of your resources is every bit as necessary as having the resources themselves.
  8. A Budget – Try managing your cloud hosting without a budget.

When planning your cloud, don’t forget about these essential resources.

What Is Redundancy?

Redundancy in cloud computing lingo really means one thing, but before I tell you what that is let’s talk a little bit about what cloud computing is and how it benefits you, the customer.

You have your computer and it’s connected to your company’s network. Your computer and the company’s network are both connected to the Internet. But the Internet is this huge cloud of computers connected to each other “out there.” Really, that’s vague, but there’s no better way to describe it. It’s a murky concept.

Every computer that is a part of this cloud has software that it runs on. Some computers, like yours, are just desktop systems while others are large computers called servers. Everyone of them operates on a system of software applications that must interact with each other through a system of protocols.

When you do business with a company in the cloud that provides you with services, either software delivered over the Internet, computer architecture delivered through the cloud, web hosting, data storage, or to meet any other business need you have, those resources that you use for your business are stored on a physical server located in a remote location and delivered to you through cable across vast distances.

Cloud hosting companies use a system called Redundancy that allows them to create backups of all the resources you use – those resources you purchase or lease from them as well as those resources you bring to the table. When a server goes down for maintenance or “gets sick”, those backups are automatically consulted so that you do not have a break in service. This is just one of the many benefits of cloud hosting and the delivery of services through the cloud.

What Is A Virtual Server?

The word “virtual” is a bit misleading when talking about a virtual server. In this day when the Internet is a prevalent part of most people’s lives, virtual typically means not real, or not physical. In this case, that’s not the case.

A virtual server is an actual physical server, but it isn’t a dedicated server. In other words, your hosting company will take a server and partition it so that you can have your own server that acts like a dedicated server without actually being one. You are really only leasing a part of a server.

The catch is this: Your part of the server is designed to meet your needs. If someone else is sharing that server – that is, they have their own virtual server on the same box as you – then their virtual server is configured for their needs. You can share an actual physical server in a way that makes it appear that both you and your neighbor have a dedicated server.

In this manner, a virtual server is a sort of dedicated server. It’s not a full server, but a partial server. The benefit is you pay only for the server space you are using. And, you can upgrade to more server space at any time if you need to. Your hosting company will simply move you to another physical server with more dedicated space for your needs and configure it exactly as your current server. You will get this move with no break in hosting service.

What Are You Hosting?

Perhaps one of the significant aspects of cloud hosting that many small businesses – and even large IT departments – have yet to grasp is server specialization. What I mean about this is in serious distinction against current hosting platforms. It’s a testimony of purpose.

Currently, if you use shared hosting, you have all your websites on one server, or a server with the same host. Shared servers are set up to be generally configured for a standalone website with additional functionality like blogs and forums capable of being add ons. This is fine for traditional website hosting. But what if you have special hosting needs?

Many apps require special server configuration. If you are building a particular type of app or software service and it needs special server configuration that traditional shared hosting can’t provide then it makes sense to host those apps or software packages on a server that can accommodate them. Server specialization allows you to host on a server that is set up especially for those types of apps.

So what happens is you and several other web developers lease space on a specially configured server that is set up for your specific type of app. The only thing on that server will be apps that require the same kind of set up that you need. So you get greater server specialization.