Explaining cloud web hosting
Cloud web hosting
is an easy way for companies to make use of extensive computing resources without owning any equipment. With cloud hosting, clients can make use of as little resources or as much resources as they like. This scalability can result in a lot of cost savings as companies never pay for more than they use. Also, additional capacity is available whenever it is needed.
What is a public cloud?
There are two types of cloud infrastructure, and the difference lies in who ultimately controls the computing power and whether it shared. In fact, most cloud services are public cloud services where the computing power is fully shared and simply divided up according to the needs of each client.
Public clouds use security and data partitioning measure to make sure data is not shared. Clients cannot access each other’s data – cloud platform management software makes sure data is kept private at all times. For most purposes working with the public cloud will be just fine.
What is a private cloud?
In contrast, private cloud is even more secure and could be a good option where privacy is of real concern. With a private cloud, the cloud platform management service ringfences certain resources on the network, including physical computers, for the exclusive use of a particular client.
Private clouds can be hosted off-site with a cloud provider or can be hosted on-premise with the client. In either case, a private cloud provides much of the same scalability and flexibility that cloud services is known for.
Dedicated web servers compared to cloud web hosting
Cloud web hosting is similar to clustered web hosting where many websites are hosted across a range of servers. However, cloud web hosting makes use of a much larger array of servers, with vast data centres often in play when it comes to hosting in the cloud. In fact, your website may be hosted in data centres in different locations to enable redundancy.
In practice, cloud services fall under both the IaaS and PaaS classifications, but there is a difference between the two, which we will explain.
Platform-as-a-service – PaaS
In the case of PaaS provision, the provider will give a client access to both the software environment they require as well as the hardware behind the software. In other words, the client accesses an entire platform as a service as and when needed. PaaS is typically easier to use than IaaS and suitable for clients who are not highly equipped with technical skills.
Infrastructure-as-a-service – IaaS
IaaS is a less comprehensive cloud offering. Providers do not include any software with IaaS, instead, a provider will simply allow access to hardware resources, often virtualized server resources. Clients would be responsible for installing their own software when needed. IaaS can be more customizable as clients have full control over the software and so is suited to more complex IT projects run by experienced IT professionals.
Features and benefits of cloud web hosting
Cloud web hosting has numerous benefits which is why it has been adopted so widely over the last few years. We list a few here:
Hosting a website on a single, standalone server can be risky as the entire website can fail if just one component on the server fails. Cloud services run in a virtualized state with redundancy arrangements that prevent a single point of failure from crashing a website. Even if a single individual server goes offline the cloud will continue to pull resources from the rest of the network.
Equipment is physical secure
It can be difficult to manage security in an office, protecting equipment form physical intrusion requires a lot of effort. In the cloud there is no physical security issue as cloud equipment is hosted in highly secure data centres, often in remote locations.
Cloud scales easily
It is easy to scale up the provision of cloud web hosting services. Any single client is only using a small fraction of the computing resources in a cloud data centre, so providers can easily provision additional resources if a client requires it. If a website is experiencing a hike in demand it is easy to simply increase available resources.
Pay as you use with cloud web hosting
Hosting a website on a dedicated server often means that clients pay for more resources than they are using. With cloud services you only pay for the resources which you are actually making use of, with many providers of cloud web hosting billing companies for the exact amount of resources they are using.
Instant load balancing
Cloud web hosting providers typically have very large infrastructure networks consisting of thousands of physical servers distributed over many locations. If a website experiences a sudden hike in demand a cloud provider can simply distribute the load across servers and locations, ensure anyone in every geographical location will have quick and instant access to the website’s resources.
Cloud platform management
The right cloud platform management software is the key for effective management of a cloud service, as the admin facilities behind the software will be in regular use. Plesk Onyx is ideal for the role of cloud web hosting platform, it simplifies all sort of automation and scaling tasks.
Plesk has certification with Amazon AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and supports Windows/Linux operating systems. It is worth to mention integrated WordPress and Joomla! support with the help of WordPress and Joomla! Toolkits, both included into Plesk’s extension ecosystem.
Using our platform it is easy to auto-provision client and reseller accounts with direct access to Plesk, including automatic suspension of Plesk if renewal fails. Each staff member can be restricted to their roles, whether it is activating or suspending services. You get a single dashboard to manage everything from DNS through to files, email and database infrastructure.