Cloud Hosting FAQs
What is “the cloud”?
The term “the cloud” is not one single entity. Rather, there is no “the cloud”, but instead there is cloud computing, which is a method of computing that utilizes large amounts of resources that often cannot be contained into a single machine or entity. There are numerous companies that use cloud computing, so there is not one “cloud”, but instead, there are a whole bunch of “clouds” out there.
What is cloud computing?
Cloud computing refers to utilizing the computing resources from a plethora of computers and machines and treating them as one unit. There could be hundreds or thousands of computers in a single cloud computing environment.
What are the advantages/disadvantages of cloud computing/cloud hosting?
The main advantage is adaptability. Cloud computing and hosting allocate resources where they are needed, as they draw upon a massive variety of sources. Furthermore, since there are multiple machines and servers, one server being down has little effect on the cloud computing or hosting.
The biggest disadvantage is security. Since many different companies can make up a cloud computing or host service, it can be nearly impossible to tell if a lower level company is wrongly utilizing their access to the servers.
Is cloud hosting offered often?
In fact, yes, cloud hosting is becoming increasingly popular. This is because of its scalability and the fact that it is a relatively reliable hosting method. Since multiple machines and servers draw upon a variety of sources, cloud hosting can typically adapt when a website needs more dedicated resources at certain points, so it is a very flexible method of hosting.
Cloud hosting can be a great fit, but be sure to do your research when deciding to use it!