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Would Cloud Hosting pose a threat to Traditional Web Hosting ?

There has been a lot of hype about Cloud recently and have portrayed to something that is concerned with the servers and networking. If you are a business owner who wish to have your business website hosted on a Cloud platform, it is important to educate yourself about this technology. Even though the Cloud is  assumed to be the future of networking, it becomes crucial to get an indepth analysis of the concept and offerings.

The most basic thought behind the Cloud is pooling the resources together and share them over a virtualized environment. This is an automated process wherein the resources from the pool is provided to those applicatons that require them the most.

Though this is true, how would it impact the business workflow process? If a business has a huge pool of servers, it is hardly possible that those would be enough to carry out complex processes. Also, there might be servers that are in an idle state and using zero resources at a given point of time. So, typically you would feel the need to upgrade the server that is falling short of resources. But, thats not actually required. You can simply opt for a Private Cloud Hosting wherein all the servers are installed in a cluster using one of the Cloud application. Or you can opt for a Cloud hosting service offered by some reputed yet affordable web hosting provider. With making such a decision, you can have an access to huge pool of host servers.

With a typical hosting server, the amount of resources available are somewhat limited and the cost that you need to bear is fixed, which you have to pay whether you use it or not. Whereas, with a Cloud, you are not required to worry about resources nor are you required to pay for something that you actually aren’t using.

There still have been questions about the level of security offered by Cloud. There were security concerns until recently. The combination of Cloud theme with the virtualization technology has made Cloud to be virtually indispensable. Moreover, with its low price and lesser hassles, cloud hosting offers the best scalability, performance and of course the most important SECURITY.

No matter these are some of the very few reasons that are proving enough to convince users to switch from Typical Hosting to Cloud platforms.

Gartner’s Forecast on SaaS Revenue Report

In the past three years, it has been noticed that the market for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), one of the important part of cloud computing has thrived. According to the Gartner’s research, the SaaS area will make a revenue of $14.5M in the year 2012, which simply means that compare compared to the last year there is a boost of about 17.9%.

In the coming three years, the worldwide SaaS revenue will hit $22.1B, due to increased interest in adopting cloud computing and cloud hosting services. “The increasing friendliness with the SaaS model and the growing use of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) has contributed to increased interest of technology adoption” says Gartner’s Research Director, Sharon Mertz. The more widespread use is due to the implementation of horizontal applications, methods of virtual work and initiatives shown in the Web 2.0, (i.e. communicators to access email online).

In Latin America, however, a fearful market has been noticed in the face of global opportunities. This year, it is predicted that it will generate a revenue of about $419.7M, which is an increase of 26% year on year.

The most popular and widely used applications are email, financial management, sales automation and CRM control and corporate spending. The adoption of Latin America must be led by Mexico and Brazil, as per Gartner, especially they need to focus on packaged solutions for Content, Communications and Collaboration (CCC), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

To get an idea of the difference between the market of Latin America and other regions, the Gartner’s revenue forecast in North America has reached to U.S. $9.1B in 2012 compared to $7.8B consolidated last year. Today, North America is considered as the most advanced user of SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), particularly in spreadsheet applications, office suite and other online software’s. The virtual programs used for video conferencing are one of the elements that has drawn attention to the region.

100% Uptime offered with Cloud Hosting. How ?

You might have seen companies claiming to offer 100% uptime guarantee for the services they offer. This claim can indeed be considered to be true in case the host is offering Cloud Hosting services.

The cloud is a large infrastructure that has a large pool of servers. Ideally, a site hosted on a Cloud infrastructure is basically placed on multiple servers across the network of servers, unlike the usual hosting solution. By doing this, the websites are capable of using unlimited processing capabilities. Scalability being an important aspect of Cloud, hosts can easily add servers to the cluster hence increasing the pool of resources.

With cloud hosting, hosts can take the risk of offering 100% uptime guarantee to customers, the strength of reliability and scalabilit with zero failover, which further ensures data security and easy accessibility. This nullifies the possibilities where if the site is hosted on a single server faces a malfunction and goes down and leaves your site inaccessible for an unstimulated period of time.

Cloud basically has been successful due to the combination of two technologies ie. Clustering and load balanced dedicated servers. The biggest attractive feature apart from 100% uptime is its cost efficiency, enhanced security, performance, flexibility and its scalability in terms of load balancing, hardware upgrading, and so on. Further, Cloud hosting poses minimal restrictions to a site that is growing in all aspects. Moving further, in typical type of hosting, whenever you wanted to upgrade to a certain web hosting package, downtime was something that could hardly be avoided and migrating the site and the data between servers used to be tedious and involved the risk of loss. All these hassles can be eradicated by opting for the highly advanced Cloud solutions.

Whatever your website requirement might be, the processing power required can be fetched from the pool of resources available with the shared cluster. Adding further to the benefits is the need to pay for only what you’ve been using and nothing extra.

Understanding the working of Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting servers is basically a cluster of servers that are connected together in a network. Such a cluster is referred to as a Cloud of servers. Such an architecture has the capability of sharing the resources between one another. These interconnected servers make use of the resources available with individual machines combined together to be one.

Hardware resources such as the processing speed, power, memory, and storage space, everything is shared. And the best thing about such an architecture is that, more hardware can be easily added without the need of a shutdown. Just add it, configure it and you are set to go with added resources. Even in case of a hardware malfunction, where a repair or replacement is needed, you can simply take down the server, make the necessary improvements and re-install it in the cluster. Since the cloud hosting service providers measure what is referred as the computing cycles, it  is basically the measurement of time taken for processing units, hence making it possible to get billed for just the amount of resources that are actually used. This level of technology lacked in the services that have been provided till today.

Apart from the aspect of billing, different users give importance to other aspects of Cloud hosting as stated below :

Scalability : The ability to add or remove the amount of resources in a cluster is only offered by Cloud Hosting solutions until now. This level of flexibility offers users with better control over the expenditure and accordingly make necessary changes.

Uptime : Ideally, with cloud hosting you can stay rest assured about the uptime as compared to the traditional hosting solutions. Hence offering a better possibility for your website to be accessible always. Though there are chances of facing downtime only when there is a network failure, hence it becomes important to opt for the solutions from reputed service providers.

Spike in Traffic : You may have noticed that even few big websites sometimes are inaccessible due to peak hours, this is basically due to an unexpected increase in the amount of traffic accessing it. This usually happens when the amount of resources allocated to the website falls short of what is required by the website to function smoothly. Such a sudden flow of traffic is termed as the ‘Spike’. But, incase the particular website is hosted on a Cloud Hosting servers, there is no chance of an un-responsive scenario where the site isn’t accessible. Due to the resource sharing mechanism, the cloud servers can easily serve the increasing resource requests.

Integration of Technology : Various technologies can be easily used in combination with each other in a Cloud. For example, with cloud hosting it is possible to use .php and .asp files together and sometimes in a single folder as the required technologies are drawn from the cloud, hence offering you better flexibility and the capability of using almost every technology required by various users.

Cloud hosting technique is comparatively newer hence does not have much of a track record. Still the architecture and the working features are enough for driving interests of webmasters towards it.