So, cloud hosting is changing the IT industry for good. Because the technology of cloud computing is infinitely scalable in capacity and capability, it fulfills the ceaseless needs of the industry. In fact, cloud hosting offers many benefits compared to the more traditional hosting methods like Veber’s trademark Dedicated Server hosting. Given the questions that many of our clients ask and the upcoming launch of our Python Cloud Server and Cloud Backup services in early 2012, here is an overview of the most important benefits of cloud hosting.
Cloud hosting uses a set-up in which multiple servers are linked to form a cluster. The use of a cluster like this allows for continuous availability of hosting services. In the eventuality of a hardware failure of one of the servers, services and stored data will still be available from the other servers in the cluster. Even during routine maintenance cloud hosting clients can expect full access to all of the cloud hosting functionality. The data is simply moved temporarily to another server. In other words, clients will be able to continue accessing all their data without any interference or delay.
Dedicated server hosting, on the other hand, can experience time-consuming and costly problems. You have a Dedicated Server all to your self – dedicated to you – which means that you have the benefit of being able to choose the operating systems and server management which suits you best. But, disk failure can lead to the loss of all data, so frequent backups are essential to be able to restore data to the server after such a malfunction. Even routine maintenance can cause delays because there is nowhere else to move the data to temporarily. Dedicated servers also require special technical knowledge to maintain them. Unless you pay extra to have the server completely “managed” for you, you will need to know how to fix these things yourself.
When it comes to computing power and memory, cloud hosting services can certainly compete with dedicated server hosting. The cluster environment of cloud hosting lends itself to scalability, so that memory and computing power can be increased without any downtime. There is no also no need to re-start the server after the requested changes have been delivered. But when you want to increase the capacity of a dedicated server, you will have to put up with some downtime while the server is being upgraded and tested.
Another benefit of cloud hosting is that you can use the option to take periodical “snapshots” of your virtual server. A snapshot records the current state of the server. This includes the content of the hard disk and the memory content, as well as the settings of the server. These snapshots can be taken before any critical updates, allowing for a quick rollback to a previous state should anything go wrong. This is not possible with dedicated server hosting.
It is clear to all that cloud hosting has some very interesting technological advantages that can help businesses save time and money. Additionally, it’s worthwhile noting that cloud hosting companies, Veber and Python among them, use very efficient hardware, and that we work hard to maintain a balance between performance, scalability, and power. We are dedicated to keeping the energy use of our server farms at low levels. That is why cloud hosting is also an ecologically responsible choice for business owners who care about their green credentials.
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