What is cloud hosting? How does it work?

Cloud Hosting provides solutions for websites that need more processing power and requires more than a single server as like the single server architecture in the traditional approach. The cloud spreads the work across several servers and hence provides a method of configuring servers in several ways to allow to build the most affordable, scalable, and reliable web infrastructure. Website users today want to access and leverage the remote processing power from data centers (cloud computing) to do complex work in the browser rather than on the desktop with software downloads, hence paving the need for cloud web hosting. 

Cloud web hosting can be summed up as the deployment of server clusters that scale automatically with user traffic and processing power needs of a website. This also includes scaling advanced software applications for load balancing, file storage, and database optimization in the traditional LAMP/WAMP stack. Cloud web hosting is a solution for big data applications, and that outsources the computing power and storage to the cloud.

How does Cloud Hosting work?

Cloud Web hosting is based on the virtualization that allows the full stack of the server including code, database, operating system to be cloned and copied to a new server when required by the high peaking traffic/users. This setup helps to overcome the drawback of a single dedicated server to host website or applications. Cloud Hosting uses the principle of CDN (content delivery network), the distributed global servers across the whole network, caching the pages and file management software to optimize website performance for heavy traffic websites. Cloud hosting provider also provides the flexibility of choosing between the operating system, database framework, location of the server along with the flexibility to configure server storage, managed hosting and pre-configured server settings. Cloud hosting offers many benefits of advanced scaling, load balancing and clustered network setup that deploys automatically in the case of heavy loads on the website.

Advantages of Cloud Hosting

As cloud hosting offers remote computation of the applications required by traffic-intensive websites, it surpasses the limits of the single server instance in a case when user traffic exceeds the limitation set. It also meets the need of large database websites. The websites developed in PHP, Python, ASP.net and other programming languages often requires large backend processing to generate the dynamic HTML pages for displaying results; it is beneficial for them.  Mobile apps with several communities and groups who also use the database driven code and high computational power are also suitable for cloud hosting

Not every business unit- start-ups, SMB, enterprise and big companies but those businesses who expects huge traffic often can opt for managed cloud services over any other web hosting solution. Cloud Hosting also offers “pay-as-you-go” for the resources your website or application will use and hence is a better option.