Cloud Web Hosting
Cloud computing is a relatively new process for computing by which the location of the user is completely irrelevant. In the Cloud process, shared servers provide software, data and resources to computers, and even handheld devices, on demand. This process is similar to the process electricity grids use to provide electricity to individual homes on a case by case basis. The backbone of the Cloud is the ability for customers to access information through an internet browser as if it was actual software physically installed on their computer. Cloud web hosting works in the same manner as Cloud computing, with hosting services provided strictly over the internet without the necessity for physical software.
Cloud computing, and cloud web hosting, gains characteristics from several operating systems including autonomic computing, client-server computing, grid computing, mainframe computing, utility computing, peer-to-peer computing and service-oriented computing. The basis of Cloud computing relies on processing and sharing information without the information being in a static location, such as a physical server. Cloud web hosting, including Windows Cloud hosting, is not done through server usage that is rented through a third-party provider. Cloud webhosting consumes resources as a pay-for-amount service and avoids capital expenditures by only paying for the services used by customers. Application development for Cloud hosting can be significantly accelerated, along with costs reduced, because servers are never left idle.
One of the side-effects of Cloud hosting is an increase in computer usage, due to the fact customers do not have to engineer their computing time based on peak usage. Server time is always available and does not have a specific “peak usage” time. Cloud web hosting, which is similar to VPS hosting, is more commonly associated with small and medium sized enterprises who cannot afford the expense of an in-house IT department. With Cloud webhosting users only paying for what is used on the server, companies can decrease their expenses for hardware, services and software. This type of hosting also negates any potential return on investment risk because the hosting contract can be terminated at any time by the customer.
The key features of Cloud web hosting include improved agility and performance, accessibility to application programming interfaces, reduced capital expenditures, along with device and location independence. The multi-tenancy feature of Cloud computing allows the sharing of resources across many users which allows for the centralization of infrastructure, lack of peak-load capacity and improvement in utilization and efficiency. Cloud web hosting is also ideal for business continuity and disaster recovery which improves reliability. The Cloud is ultimately scalable due to the fact there is no physical server. Along with these benefits, Cloud computing and web hosting also provides improved security, maintenance, metering and electronic recycling. When applied for hosting services, Cloud computing can be provided by data center operators which virtualize resources for the end user, which customers can manage directly.