What is Cloud Hosting?

    Cloud hosting describes a set of computing resources, features and interfaces which can be configured to build a fault-tolerant and flexible web infrastructure for your business needs. Instead of managing important technology on your premises, you can depend on a cloud hosting provider like us to set up all the computing power your business needs, secure it, back it up at multiple other locations, and allow you to access it via the web. This means you’ll be able to focus your energy on building your business, without worrying about storage and resources limits or any other technical requirements.

    With Cloud Hosting (Cloud 2.0), computing resources are spread out over multiple physical servers where you (if you’ve got the technical team), or we can create and manage virtual machines according to your business’ needs. With a failover plan, we’ll configure your virtual server to automatically move to another host physical server in case the first goes down – all without ever losing connection or interrupting critical services on the virtual server. This also mean that you’ll be able to flexibly upgrade or downgrade a server’s hardware resources as is needed for your business.

    Awesome. Break down the key advantages of Cloud 2.0 virtualization for me.

    • Flexibility with scalability of resources
      Extra resources can be implemented with increased demand on the servers
    • Cost effectiveness
      Only pay for what you use at any given time
    • Redundancy, responsive load balancing & a fault-tolerant platform
      If one server fails, others will take its place without disconnection
    • Easy to use control panel & full root/admin access
      Manage your virtual servers on the cloud
    • Useful add-ons
      Backup manager, direct console access & more
    • Better security
      Every client is running independently

    Sounds great. What did people do before this advancement?

    Traditionally, hosting your data is done by one of two main options: shared hosting and dedicated hosting. These hosting solutions provide a one-size-fits-all infrastructure and are collectively known as Cloud 1.0.

    Shared hosting plans host your data (such as your website, CRM, or any application you’d like to run) on a server shared among several clients (sometimes dozens; sometimes hundreds). Sharing a server’s resources among several clients means that the setup is not optimal for flexibility, and your site will not be able to cope with a copious amount of traffic.

    Dedicated hosting plans allow you to rent an entire physical server for yourself. This is a more advanced form of hosting, as it allows you (or us, if you need us) full control over hosting. This however, is still not as advanced as cloud hosting, as physical servers require that you determine the resources and processing power of the server (along with expected traffic levels) when setting up the hosting. Flexibility is not much of an option afterwards; underestimating the required resources can overwhelm the server, and overestimating will lead to paying for unnecessary capacity.

    Tell me more about Cloud 2.0 solutions

    Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
    An IaaS setup provides you with the virtualized hardware, where you can install your own choice of software. You will basically be outsourcing the equipment and its housing, running, and maintenance (i.e., bandwidth, a network connection, bandwidth, IP addresses, load balancers, and of course, virtual server space). This model is fit for business with experienced IT professionals ready to build their own IT platforms. Click here to customize your IaaS solution.
    Platform as a Service (PaaS)
    With a PaaS setup, we provide you with the virtualized hardware, but also the software environment, including the Operating System, storage, web software, network access, tools for design and development, hosting, local support, and whatever else your business needs. Click here to customize your PaaS solution.
    Private Cloud
    A private cloud is a Cloud 2.0 solution that runs on dedicated hardware, thus ring-fencing your cloud and increasing its security even further. This also allows you to choose the hardware housing your private cloud. Learn more here [link to managed private cloud].