What is Cloud Hosting?

Cloud Hosting provides hosting for websites, where the resources required to maintain that website are spread across more than one web server. Unlike other hosting services based on one machine, cloud hosting security is guaranteed by many servers acting together as one. It is offered as a service and is rendered on a per need basis. Depending on the demands of their website, the client will only use and pay for the services they need. With cloud hosting, the network of servers used are often pulled from different data centers in different locations, allowing for easy integration of extra resources, such as space or RAM and thus enabling website growth.

Cloud Hosting typically offers a variety of different benefits to the user:

  • Reliability
    • Highest level of website performance guaranteed by multiple machines
    • No single point of failure
    • Reduced chances of downtime in case of a server malfunction
    • Redundant data storage
  • Physical Security
  • Scalability and Flexibility
    • Guaranteed server resources (CPU, RAM)
    • Responsive load balancing
  • Utility Style Costing
    • Lower pricing and generous features

Cloud Hosting falls under both the Infrastructure as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings. With the IaaS model, the client is provided with a virtualized hardware resource and is then responsible for choosing a software environment, before building their web application. With the PaaS model, the client is given both the virtualized hardware resource and the software environment, enabling them to immediately begin the installation of their web application.

In addition to the offerings, cloud hosting will generally include the use of private or public cloud models. The private cloud model offers more security and privacy than does the public cloud, and uses resources such as servers and networks, located on site or with a cloud provider. The public cloud model uses virtual servers to pull resource and transmit data from the same pool as other publicly available virtual servers. Although it is not as secure as the private cloud, the public cloud model does offer some security measures to keep data safe.

To learn more about as-a-Service offerings, visit KeyCloud’s Cloud Services