What is cloud hosting & how does it work?

It’s difficult to avoid the term cloud hosting but you may not be entirely familiar with precisely what it is. With the recent shift to cloud-based working and an increase in businesses looking for cloud-based services, cloud hosting has become a popular and attractive hosting solution for many businesses.  Experts say 60% of workloads were running on a hosted cloud service in 2019 and the global public cloud computing market has exceeded $330 billion in 2020, pushed forward by the global pandemic that has many people operating businesses remotely and working from home.

Today, we delve into what we mean by ‘the cloud’ and take a further look at some cloud hosting benefits to help you consider whether a cloud-based system is right for you.

What is the cloud?

You may know that in computing a server is a piece of computer hardware or software that provides functionality for other programs or devices. But what is the cloud? Well, simply put, the cloud is the things you can access remotely over the Internet. When something is in the cloud, it means it’s stored in a virtual server on the internet, running in a cloud computing environment instead of your computer’s hard drive.

Cloud servers are built, hosted and delivered via a cloud computing platform on the Internet, and can be accessed remotely. What is remarkable about them is the fact that they have all the software they require to run and can function as independent units.

So what are the benefits of cloud hosting?

Increased performance & flexibility

Cloud hosting makes websites and other online applications accessible via cloud resources. Unlike traditional hosting, solutions are not deployed on a single server. Instead, a network of connected virtual and physical cloud servers hosts the application or website, ensuring greater flexibility and scalability for your business and guarantees no single point of failure. 

Cost savings

Cloud hosting solutions tend to have lower costs attached to them than dedicated servers. As with any hosting solution, some features can increase the overall cost so it’s best to speak to your hosting provider on the specific requirements you may need.

Security

Unlike traditional hosting, cloud hosting infrastructure secures your data at various levels such as network, data, application, and physical security. This ensures data safety through customers’ identity management, proper data isolation and storage segregation, secure and encrypted solutions, firewalls and backup recoveries.

Scalability

You get scalability with cloud servers. It is very easy and quick to upgrade by adding memory and disk space, as well as being more affordable – our CloudPLUS system can be expanded with more RAM or vCPU at your request.

How can I move to the cloud?

Moving to the cloud means migrating your data, applications, email or software to cloud hosting where it is accessible from anywhere across the globe. Although this may sound daunting, a good hosting provider can help! Here at Datacentreplus, we can get you set up with your cloud hosting services within 30 minutes. 

To speak to an expert today simply call us on 0161 464 6101 or chat with us on our website and we’ll be happy to help.

 

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