Cloud computing refers to any process (ie. hosting), method or activity that involves the cloud. The cloud, on the other hand, is the virtual server or system that is accessible online, where users can store and edit files, and perform a wide variety of IT tasks. This technology uses the real cloud as a metaphor, where one can imagine storing files in it, and being able to access it anytime and anywhere as long as there is an Internet connection.
Generally, a cloud-hosted website is operating on multiple connected servers. Instead of limited to a single server like what we have in traditional hosting services (dedicated/VPS hosting), the website now has the access to multiple servers. Virtually, the processing power is unlimited as you can always add a new server and scale up.
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I'm starting to feel the limits of my shared hosting account and have been playing with the idea of upgrading to a dedicated server to meet my needs. For the last couple of weeks Google ads have been serving me up 'Cloud Hosting' advertisements to try and get my attention. Well... I guess it worked.
So I started poking around and found this article and thought I'd share it with you.
I like the idea of being able to handle traffic spikes, virtually 100% up time, automatic scalability etc. But, it seems the price can easily get away from you, especially if you're looking for managed like me.
I see base rates starting at about $10 a month unmanaged. Managed, can run at $200 and much more. I guess for those prices I should probably figure out how to run a server.
Whats your thoughts on using a cloud host instead of dedicated? Is it the future of hosting?