Web Hosting on the Cloud – Destructive Thunderstorm or Welcome Rain Shower
Cloud computing – it’s the latest debate that is rocking the Internet. How safe is your data on the cloud? Does the advantage of cost savings nullify the disadvantage of security concerns? Or are we setting ourselves up for massive outages and data loss and theft? While only time will provide a sure answer to all these questions, for now, it seems like the cloud is moving into every area of application on the Internet.
It started out with storage services, moved on to the administrative domain, and now it’s possible to even host your website using a cloud provider. If you’re wondering how it’s done, services from the cloud are all on-demand – you don’t have to rent a server or buy your own. You don’t have to pay for collocation services, either with your own server or a rented server. And you don’t have to set up the infrastructure and pay a full-fledged team to run your own data center when you’re hosting a number of sites.
With the cloud, you have the power of a virtual server at your disposal. You don’t have to worry about future needs or plan for them at the outset. It’s easy to use only what you need right now, in terms of memory space and CPU usage, and when traffic to your site is expected to increase, it’s always possible to increase your server utilization accordingly. This means you only pay for what you use; with a web host on the cloud, you don’t have to worry about physical servers, their maintenance, or expansion.
You also don’t have to worry about abrupt outages because of traffic overload because your usage is balanced over the entire network instead of running on just one server. Also, the failure or malfunction of one piece of hardware does not imply that your site is down for the count; it just switches over to running via another server on the cloud. The only drawback is that your data is not completely safe because it is hosted on machines that are not secure
The cloud is here to stay, and whether we like it or not, whether we wax eloquent over it for the massive savings it allows or throw brickbats at it for its equally massive security holes, we must accept that it is but one example of technology marching forward, little caring about the detrimental effects it leaves in its wake. Cloud computing has permeated every aspect of technology use, and because it of its relative simplicity and reasonable cost, it’s the way to go if you’re looking to cut costs. But the sensible thing to do would be to also try and protect your data as much as possible.