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    What is Cloud Hosting?



    You might be aware of it, or you might not – however you are already doing cloud hosting. Do you check your e-mail via Gmail? Do you share your photos via Flickr?

    These are just two popular examples of hosting from the clouds.

    With cloud hosting you say goodbye to the old idea of renting a server or shared server space. In its place, cloud hosting provides us with server clustering. Instead of using the power of one server, you have access to the power of many; linked together through visualization.

    An Example of Where Cloud Hosting is Needed

    We have all seen the situations where a web site might be under stress because it has had a sudden burst of popularity. With regular shared hosting we have today – once that web site reaches the limits of the single server it is on, it chokes. Now with a cloud hosting setup, you would have access to a number of different servers so the web site under stress could still have access to as much bandwidth, RAM, CPU power or any other server side resource that it needed.

    Cloud hosting provides computing power, on demand, when you need it. If you no longer need so much power, you can easily release the resources back into the proverbial “cloud” so that they can be used by others.

    Three Reasons Why Cloud Hosting is Good for You

    The most important thing to remember is that hardware is no longer your main focus with cloud hosting. You new main focus is your web site. Cloud hosting is easy to scale to meet your demand. Cloud hosting provides computing power when you need it. Cloud hosting only requires you to pay for what you use.

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    Cloud computing refers to the on-demand provision of computational resources (data, software) via a computer network, rather than from a local computer. Users or clients can submit a task, such as word processing, to the service provider, without actually possessing the software or hardware. The consumer's computer may contain very little software or data (perhaps a minimal operating system and web browser only), serving as a basic display terminal connected to the Internet. Since the cloud is the underlying delivery mechanism, cloud-based applications and services may support any type of software application or service in use today.

    And How it works...

    Cloud computing utilizes the network as a means to connect the user to resources that are based in the cloud, as opposed to actually possessing them. The cloud may be accessed via the Internet or a company network, or both. Cloud services may be designed to work equally well with Linux, Mac, and Windows platforms. With smartphones and tablets on the rise, cloud services have changed to allow access from any device connected to the Internet, allowing mobile workers access on-the-go, as in telecommuting, and extending the reach of business services provided by outsourcing.

    The service provider may pool the processing power of multiple remote computers in "the cloud" to achieve the task, such as backing up of large amounts of data, word processing, or computationally intensive work. These tasks would normally be difficult, time consuming, or expensive for an individual user or a small company to accomplish, especially with limited computing resources and funds. With cloud computing, clients require only a simple computer, such as netbooks, which were created with cloud computing in mind, or even a smartphone, with a connection to the Internet, or a company network, in order to make requests to and receive data from the cloud, hence the term "software as a service" (SaaS). Computation and storage is divided among the remote computers in order to handle large volumes of both, thus the client need not purchase expensive hardware or software to handle the task. The outcome of the processing task is returned to the client over the network, depending on the speed of the Internet connection.

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