Cloud computing, the technology and the hosting services are all the rage for the past few years. And its popularity will continue to rise since it is indeed the future and has features far more enhanced than traditional hosting services or compared to older methods to store, manage and process data.
Given the features of cloud computing and hosting and how it works, this technology is suitable for every kind of business, irrespective of it being local or international, small or medium enterprise or a large business organization. In fact, cloud hosting is beneficial for all businesses in terms of integration, being cost-effective, flexible and expandable.
Let’s first understand how hosting on cloud works and then note its key features.
How does it work?
‘Divide and rule’ might have been used in a negative context when conquering nations, but in terms of hosting, it is a positive term referring to how the server hosting the site is not at a single location but is divided over a network of servers which divide the work of maintaining the site and rendering other services among themselves.
Thus, hosting works by a number of servers spread across a network on the cloud where each takes care of particular tasks. In case of technical problems or failure on any one of the cloud servers, other servers chip in and take over the task. Therefore, sites hosted on cloud never face any downtime as in case of issues, there are backup servers that take over and divide the task, allowing the sites to be functioning at all times irrespective of the traffic or data type.
Key features of hosting on cloud
- Ability to scale as per use
Businesses will find this feature of cloud very useful and pocket friendly too. Hosting on cloud is scalable in terms that the cloud can accommodate times when the site is experiencing heavy traffic or when it makes increased demands from the server. The cloud computing thus possess scalability where the businesses pay only for how much they use, thus not being too extravagant on the pocket too.
Additionally, the cloud system is updated regularly allowing businesses to eliminate the cost of regular software purchasing and even saves on hardware cost, allowing the business to scale.
- Flexibility to work from anywhere
Hosting on cloud further gives the flexibility to work from any location, since a single physical server does not make the employees location bound or even device bound. They can work on any device – a personal computer, a laptop, a tablet or even a smartphone. The other flexibility is due to the fact that the data is stored, managed and processed by a network of servers that are spread across, thereby; in case of one server being down the other server is flexible enough to take over. This prompt solution to disaster recovery is also one very vital feature of cloud.
- Provides integration that is all around
Hosting on cloud allows for the compatibility and integration across various platforms. Apart from providing protection for the data, it allows the data to be integrated across different platforms easily, thereby not being restricted by any new updates or different platforms that might be used by clients etc.
The service providers for cloud continue to make working on cloud easier and beneficial for business owners.