What Is Cloud Hosting?

What Is Cloud Hosting?

Cloud hosting takes some visualization to describe. Picture a code on one hardware server that creates a secondary “virtual” server. Within this server lies the cloud host. Often, hosts can construct these cloud servers from a network of hardware, rather than just one server, if you’re looking for a large-scale cloud host solution.

This presents a good question: why would any customer choose cloud hosting over other hosting services? Because the host exists in a virtual space, it is not bound by the constraints of hardware-exclusive servers. First, cloud hosts possess already plenty of memory, storage space and power, but they’re set apart by other servers in how quickly the customer can add on to, or take away, extra memory and storage. Online businesses with seasonal or event-dependent traffic, for example, would pick a cloud host to quickly adjust to, and then scale back from, a wave of content and power usage. Cloud storage solutions protect other hosts on the same server from loss of power and are equally protected from hosts vying for a server’s power. They “float,” hence the “cloud,” out of bounds of the server’s potential power struggles. Clouds also recover quickly from power failures.


Users also have a larger modicum of control. Users can still choose managed hosts, but cloud control panels typically give customers the steering wheel in terms of cloud usage and specs. Additionally, users and users alone can allow transparency on behave of the host’s support team, facilitating a better assistance and knowledge environment.

Cloud hosts, because of their size and flexibility, can more quickly add and take away features, add-ons and plug-ins—all the resources you might require for your business. Clouds have a starting point, in terms of memory and storage, and can grow from there, or remain at around their original size. Clouds let you see which resources you use and how much of your power and storage they take.

In all, clouds are easier to customize, come with a lot more storage and memory capabilities, and are more secure overall. Customers can choose different kinds of cloud hosting platforms in terms of management. Clouds pre-exist in a shared server, but users can elect to store their cloud server within a larger private server, for a greater cost. Cloud servers are flexible and can even move between servers should the need arise. Users can additionally choose cloud hosts of varying sizes and management capabilities.

Clouds are best for the client that knows they need more space, but not how much more. Or, that they need more space, but they don’t know for how long. Cloud hosts have a fast set-up time, as fast a breakdown time, are large enough to handle high-traffic sites and not as great a commitment as shelling out for a dedicated server. Larger hardware servers are for the more certain customer. If you would consider your business model large, but unpredictable or “atypical,” you might begin further research into cloud hosting resources and their benefits.