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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.

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.

Now that cloud hosting is beginning to catch the public eye, you might be wondering if it can be divvied out like traditional hosting. In other words, does it come in the form of shared hosting, dedicated hosting and with the various styles of hosting services for traditional website services?

The answer is, Yes.

Cloud hosting can be shared or dedicated just like traditional hosting. Some of the most popular cloud hosting services are offering shared hosting packages like traditional hosts. But I’d say that you’d get better service with a dedicated server just as you would with traditional hosting. However, dedicated always costs more.

Cloud hosting refers to the mode of delivery, not the type of hosting. In other words, shared hosting is still shared hosting whether in the cloud or not. Dedicated hosting is still dedicated hosting.

Even if you are opting for cloud hosting services, you’d do yourself well to shop around and get the best deal you can find. Don’t just go for the popular services because they are cheap.

What’s A Dedicated Server?

Most hosting providers have what is called shared hosting. That’s where each hosting client shares a server with other hosting clients. While this type of hosting is often cheap, there are drawbacks. One of those drawbacks is security. If the server is compromised then every website on that server could be affected.

If another website on your server is infected with malware then it’s possible that yours will be too. That’s a big weakness.

Another weakness to shared hosting is bandwidth capacity. If another website on your server is hit with a huge traffic spike then it could slow down the load speed of your own website or take it offline completely.

Dedicated servers were meant to address those issues. If you have a dedicated server for your business then you have that server all to yourself. You don’t have to worry about security issues caused by your neighbor or be taken off line due to another website on the server experiencing a huge traffic spike. When you are operating in the cloud, this is very important. You are responsible for your own website and everyone is else is responsible for theirs.