For this Enciwordpredia entry, I am pleased to have the help of Florian Felsing, who will explain what cloud hosting is.
What is Cloud Hosting?
We already know what hosting or website hosting is and we saw some of the types that exist, but what is cloud hosting and what benefits can it bring us?
Let’s remember concepts: hosting and cloud
Let’s start at the beginning by remembering what hosting is: a service offered to website owners so that they can store all kinds of files (such as images or videos) over the Internet.
In other words, we pay a hosting provider (such as SiteGround) to host our website. Until very recently, hosting was hosted on physical servers and still is, but new technologies have taken a step forward with the emergence of “the cloud”, what we know as the cloud.
“The cloud is nothing more than a storage space, but in this case a virtual one. With cloud computing or cloud storage, we no longer need to expand our hard disk, as was previously the case. Cloud computing allows us to store our files on virtual servers without having to depend on a physical location.
And we can use applications, programs, and other tools from any computer. This new technology is a real digital revolution for many companies, which migrate their files to the cloud, reducing costs by not having to occupy a certain physical space.
Cloud hosting refers to servers based on cloud computing technology. In simple words, it is the hosting of websites on virtual servers, so you no longer have to rely on a computer or a physical server.
The good news is that the user, or customer, only has to pay for what they actually use because there is no need to invest in hardware.
Memory, storage, and processing resources work differently from traditional hosting with cloud hosting. With this new technology, your Internet space does not depend on a server, but on a network of “nodes”, i.e. servers connected to “the cloud”.
Is a cloud server the same as a VPS server?
No, although it can be confusing. VPS servers correspond to the technology before the cloud or “cloud”. A virtual private server (VPS) is used when a shared server has become too small, for example, due to the large number of visits we receive.
Unlike the shared server, the VPS server allocates resources exclusively to a user or company, regardless of the rest of the existing installations on the server. By not sharing resources, we will not be affected by the performance if there is any problem.
The problem with a VPS server is that it can give hardware failures, among others, while cloud hosting or cloud server is independent of the hardware, and if there is any failure the user can always migrate their data to another node.
Cloud hosting uses a large number of servers that distribution is distributed among several data centers located in different places. Another disadvantage of the VPS server is that technical knowledge is required, which is not the case with a shared server.