Cloud Web Hosting for your site
Cloud Web Hosting is a way to host web sites, but rather than being hosted on an individual server, it is hosted on a “cloud” a massive virtual computer utilising the resources of thousands of individual servers. This creates great responsiveness, speed, flexibility and stability.
Cloud Web Hosting – on its way to a computer near you!
Cloud Web Hosting is becoming very popular, but as is often the way with new technology, the term “cloud hosting” has been hijacked by existing and competing technology, with the result that there are many web hosts offer “cloud hosting” and “cloud servers” which are really just high end traditional hosting with some cloud features, but none of the scale, redundancy, and fail-safe measures that a genuine cloud system offers. A typical example is “cloud virtual servers” offered by many excellent web hosting companies, such as Rackspace. These have long been marketed as “cloud servers” but in reality they are more like a VPS (Virtual Private Server) with some virtualisation and cloud functionality. Now lets be clear: these are excellent VPS servers and they would be an excellent web hosting solution, but they are not a genuine cloud hosting environment.
You can read a more detailed discussion of the differences between VPS vs cloud servers here.
What defines a genuine cloud web host?
Genuine cloud web hosting is web site hosting run on a cloud computer – a massive computer formed by networking hundreds of powerful servers together. All essential processes are performed by many parts, so in the event of failure of several components the whole systems continues to run without interruption. This sort of hosting will offer lower downtime and greater resilience when your web site attracts large numbers of visitors. Furthermore, if you require more resources to host your website, you can quickly scale it up to meet the demand, without shifting your website to a new physical location.
Cloud Hosting for your WordPress or other CMS site
Cloud Web Hosting for private and small business websites is still fairly new so we are only just seeing the earliest working examples, but large comopanies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and multinational companies have been using cloud web hosting for years. Recently popular social networks and blog companies like wordpress, twitter, tumblr and posterous have shifted to using cloud hosting solutions as well, with great improvements in speed and reliability. Now you can host your own wordpress site in the cloud, or any of many other popular website CMS’s via the industry standard cPanel server control panel on your cloud server.