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Top 6 Reasons To Move To Cloud Hosting

Author : JackJ Reynolds

A decade back when the internet was a hot new phenomenon, businesses only used internet for websites as part of the marketing mix. During this time, only large businesses were supposed to house expensive web servers for hosting their websites. However, with the prevalence of online stores and businesses, many organizations started offering web hosting solutions to allow small businesses to host their websites from the servers of web hosting firms without incurring costs to maintain their own servers. These were single dedicated servers for large businesses or shared servers for numerous small businesses.

Today, cloud hosting is the new norm as it is considered to be the future of web hosting and the next level of shared hosting. Cloud hosting refers to a hosting plan where businesses host numerous applications across several machines via virtualizations instead of sharing resources of one physical server. Cloud hosting offers many benefits, some of them are listed below.

1. More Flexibility or Scalability

Cloud hosting offers more flexibility in terms of adding more space or RAM to the hosting plan. If you want to alter your resources, you don't have to look for a physical server which fulfills your current requirements. You may simply modify the resources in a matter of minutes without worrying about exceeding your bandwidth limit.

2. Better Availability

It offers better availability as data is transferred between multiple servers and you may modify the number of servers according to your needs thereby making your website or applications available all the time.

3. High Reliability and Security

Because the data is saved in different locations, therefore, the failure or outage of any one server may not disrupt the availability and security of your website.

4. Virtualization

Since in cloud hosting, more clients are hosted from less number of physical servers, the hardware maintenance cost and power costs are reduced for the hosting provider. Also, rather than having 5 servers which have a 10% CPU usage, cloud hosting allows you to virtualize 5 servers on a single server and share the resources.

5. Reduced Downtime

Web servers are susceptible to failures and outages and when a website is hosted on a single server, it may not be available to customers when the server crashes. It may also slow down the transfer of data during peak times or after the launch of a new product which generated huge customer interest. However, with a slow website, your business might be affected and an overload on the website might cause a shut down. In the case of cloud hosting, the other servers allow you to run your website without any glitches during traffic spikes.

6. Low Cost

Housing web servers is costly as it requires regular maintenance and hiring of competent IT staff. However, cloud hosting does not require you to maintain an in house IT staff, manage climate controlled conditions of the facility and pay for regular maintenance of servers even when your website is not used much. It eliminates all these costs and you just need to pay for additional virtual space on the cloud network.

Cloud hosting is cheap, reliable, secure, and is the best solution for your hosting needs.

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