What is Cloud Hosting?
Cloud hosting is the use of computer hardware and software to deliver a service over the internet.
A user accesses ‘cloud-based’ applications through their computer using a web browser or a mobile app while the actual software and the user's data are stored on servers at a remote location.
Why is it called Cloud Hosting?
Cloud Hosting gets it names from the cloud-shaped icon used in diagrams to symbolize the infrastructure required to provide a hosting service.
How does it work?
In the business environment, a customer uses software as a service (Saas). The service may be a piece of software (like Microsoft Office), or a website/intranet, or a web based application such as a mobile APP. A business purchases the required software and database requirements from a hosting. The Cloud Host provider manages the infrastructure and platforms that run the applications.
The beauty of Cloud computing is the ability to share resources and to be able to easily upscale or downscale at short notice depending on a businesses' requirements. This allows a businesses IT solution to be more fluid and flexible freeing up financial resources for other business purposes.
A true cloud hosting environment comprises of front end servers; serving data from a shared storage network. For true redundancy it is ideal to have the storage environment replicated over at least two physical locations (2 data centres).
What can the cloud host?
If your website requires an extra level of security or its own dedicated resources; then Cloud Hosting is an ideal service for you. Easily expandable if you are running a growing ecommerce site, or a website that services a community such as a membership group then Cloud Hosting can be a cost effective and powerful solution for you.
Have you created your own software? It might be a Customer Relationship Management system, a monitoring process or a workflow system. If you need to store and manipulate data; and have a number of users interacting with the system at the one time then Cloud Hosting is easily scalable to fit your needs today and tomorrow.