Is cloud hosting better and is it shared?

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Is cloud hosting better and is it shared?

That’s a good question. But, what do you mean by “better”? Better than what? Better than shared hosting, dedicated hosting or VPS? Well, okay then, I know that shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, so I assume you mean to ask if cloud hosting is better than shared solutions. But, wait a minute, why not go for the shared cloud hosting offered by the company Linux Hosts Inc? That is the best and cheapest solution in my opinion. Here are the advantages of this company at a glance:

  • Unlike other cloud hosting services, Linux Hosts Inc. offers shared cloud hosting for a low fixed price per month. You do not pay, as with others, per hour or per minute.
  • Because it is a cloud service, your site will never go offline. Cloud services use multiple web servers instead of just one server. If a server goes down, the hosting task is automatically taken over by another well-functioning web server. Handy huh?
  • Linux Hosts Inc. has the best customer service in the world. Yes, I can say that with confidence. I am one of their clients myself so I know very well what I am talking about. Their fantastic technical support can be reached very quickly and around the clock in a variety of ways, 365 days a year. They will always be there for you!

What is the best CLOUD hosting provider in 2021?

According to me (and many others!) the best CLOUD host is Linux Hosts Inc. based in the US and UK. They have been my provider for more than 10 years. The company has the LOWEST CANCELLATION RATE in the hosting industry.

Important Note. Most providers of cheap hosting plans practice overselling. Overselling means putting too many customers on the same server. Linux Hosts Inc. is the only web host with a very strict NO OVERSELLING policy.

 

Long explanation.

What is cloud hosting and is it better than other hosting systems?

With traditional web hosting such as shared, VPS or dedicated hosting only one web server is in use for your website, your application or project. If anything goes wrong with this server you’ll have to wait for technical support to solve the software or hardware related issue. With cloud hosting you don’t have that problem. This is because there are multiple web servers hosting your website or project. These servers are usually located in different data centers across multiple countries. If a problem occurs in a web server, automatic software ensures that one of the many other well-functioning servers takes over the hosting task from the broken server. So the biggest advantage of cloud hosting is that you’ll never be offline. Another advantage is that the performance of cloud hosting can be flexibly scaled depending on the requirements. You can scale up or down the bandwidth, processing power and memory depending on what you need. With cloud hosting, a theoretically unlimited number of computers work together in such a way that they appear to be working together as a single system. Security and availability are guaranteed by many different servers. The cloud hosting provider is responsible for operating the solution and for the implementation of good functioning virtualization.

What is virtualization in cloud hosting?

With cloud hosting, hosting and server services are made available from the network on the basis of a virtualized cloud infrastructure. Without the application of virtualization, a server can only run one operating system at a time. If you want your own operating system, you will therefore have to rent or purchase an entire server. Virtualization removes this limitation and allows multiple, separate operating systems to run on one server.

Cost saving and environment

Without virtualization, the available capacity of a server is usually only partially used. By running multiple operating systems on one server, better use is made of the available capacity.

This is good for your wallet but also for the environment.

Technical advantages

Virtualization is achieved by decoupling the software (including the operating system) from the hardware (the server). This means that it will be much easier to automatically transfer the operating system to other hardware in the event of a hardware failure. This significantly reduces the chance of service outages. Backing up data also becomes easier. Without the operating system’s knowledge, it can be fully backed up, making possible restores more reliable and faster.

Cloud hosting and virtualization

Setting up, using and managing virtualization is usually a difficult task. In addition, the above technical advantages are not standard. They must be implemented separately. A cloud is often an environment in which all these properties and possibilities of virtualization are made available in a user-friendly manner.

Virtualization can be achieved through various techniques. Each technique has its own pros and cons. Your situation is decisive in order to be able to choose the right technique. There is no one best technique. The used techniques in virtualization are hardware virtualization, para-virtualization and container-based virtualization. Within the scope of this article it makes no sense to go into this in more detail.

Cloud hosting vs cloud computing.

The two terms cloud hosting and cloud computing are often used in the same context. However, there are significant differences in terms of the scope of services provided. Cloud hosting can be understood as a kind of subset of cloud computing. Compared to cloud hosting, the service portfolio of cloud computing goes far beyond the provision of hosting and server services. Cloud computing includes the three basic services Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). Cloud hosting, on the other hand, mainly focuses on infrastructure as a service (IaaS) services. On the basis of virtualized and networked hardware resources, users have the option of operating web applications or web services in the cloud environment.

Cloud hosting vs dedicated hosting.

Unlike cloud hosting, dedicated hosting only uses hardware that is dedicated to individual customers. This hardware is usually operated in professional data centers and is physically limited in its performance. Customers get full control over their server and can configure it completely according to their own needs. In order to scale up the performance of the server, its hardware has to be upgraded or a more powerful server has to be rented. The costs for dedicated hosting depend on the resources and the performance of the respective server. Since dedicated servers have to be dimensioned in such a way that load peaks can also be absorbed, a large part of the resources remains unused in normal operation, but still has to be paid for. With cloud hosting however you only pay for what you use. Moreover scaling up or down is much faster and easier. There’s no need to upgrade hardware or to rent a different server.

Cloud hosting vs shared hosting

Shared hosting is the provision of storage space on the Internet so that you can store your Internet pages on your provider’s server. The web server on which the data is stored is online around the clock, so that your website can be accessed at any time and from anywhere in the world.

The server on which your website is located is shared with other customers, with each customer receiving the storage space as defined in their package. As user of a web hosting plan, you will be provided with your storage space and, for example, the required network connection. You don’t have to worry about maintenance, technical updates or security updates. Your web host will do that for you.

Your shared web hosting plan is already preconfigured so that you can easily install a content management system such as WordPress, Joomla or, for example, your desired shop system. You don’t need a lot of knowledge to install your website on a shared hosting package.

Benefits of a web hosting plan that is shared with others:

The shared use of the server with other customers reduces costs, so that shared web hosting is usually cheaper than having your own cloud server. So you can build a website even with a small budget. You present yourself professionally online and can, for example, set up your own e-mail inboxes for communication.

The differences between cloud hosting and shared hosting at a glance:

  • When you share a web server with others there is a chance that your site goes offline while sharing also increases security risks. With cloud hosting you don’t have these disadvantages.
  • Shared hosting is the cheapest solution. Cloud hosting is more expensive.
  • With shared hosting domains are usually included. This is not the case with hosting in the cloud.
  • No server knowledge is required for shared hosting in contrast to the cloud.
  • The shared solution is usually sufficient for small to medium-sized projects. Cloud hosting is more suitable for large projects.

Cloud hosting vs VPS

VPS is an abbreviation for Virtual Private Server. A VPS is a physical server, which is divided into smaller virtual servers. These smaller virtual servers are allocated to different customers. So, VPS actually is dedicated hosting but your server is smaller and virtualized. A VPS offers you complete freedom: from managing your server, choosing the operating system (Linux or Windows), to installing the necessary software, and also offers you the possibility to keep your software up-to-date and sufficiently secure it against abuse.

In case of managed VPS the provider is responsible for all the hardware and for software installations, maintenance, updates and backups.

VPS is an excellent alternative for shared web hosting of multiple domain names, where you can set up your VPS as a web hosting server. You don’t have to buy any hardware yourself, but you only rent/buy a small part of a server. You save on expenses, but you have the same options as when you have a dedicated server.

The differences between cloud hosting and VPS at a glance:

  • With VPS when there’s a technical problem your website can go offline until technical support has solved the issue. With cloud hosting you don’t have that problem. Your site will never go offline.
  • VPS hosting is a cheap solution. Cloud hosting is more expensive.
  • You should have server knowledge for a VPS. For cloud hosting this is not necessary.
  • VPS hosting is suitable for medium or complicated projects while cloud hosting is intended for large projects.

Cloud hosting advantages and disadvantages

Advantages:

Compared to conventional hosting models such as VPS, dedicated or shared hosting, cloud hosting offers a multitude of advantages. The most important advantages can be summarized as follows:

  • High reliability due to distributed structures. Since the services provided with cloud hosting are not tied to specific hardware resources, cloud hosting is very fail-safe and offers high availability. If a single server in the entire network fails, this has no effect on the basic availability and performance. The remaining resources continue to provide the required performance from the network as required.
  • High performance due to the large number of underlying hardware resources
  • Good and fast scalability of the performance. The customer is given the opportunity to adjust resources individually. These adjustable resources are CPU power, RAM and storage space. Because of these properties, cloud hosting is the opposite of hosting on dedicated or shared servers. Compared to regular web hosting, it offers significantly more flexibility.
  • Price models where you only have to pay for services actually used. Due to flexible billing models, you only have to pay for the service actually used. There are no costs for unused resources. A major advantage of cloud hosting results from the special billing models. In contrast to conventional server and hosting services, there are no fixed monthly amounts to be paid. Instead, the customer’s services are calculated based on actual use. You only pay for the services that have been used. So, it’s based on the so-called “pay-as-you-use” principle. As a rule, hourly, or per minute billing is possible. which means that the average usage price can often be reduced significantly compared to conventional billing models.
  • Instead of paying a consistently high price for the provision of a VPS, shared or dedicated server, the fees adapt to usage and requirements. There are no higher costs for peak times, while the costs are lower during periods of low usage. The customer does not incur any costs for excess capacities to be kept available. Small and medium-sized companies that cannot fall back on their own high-performance IT infrastructure benefit from a cost-effective and flexible type of hosting.
  • Redundant storage of data

Disadvantages:

  • Depending on the provider(s), cloud hosting can be less secure. After all, your website or application is “spread” all over the world via different data centers. You absolutely have no control over what happens in these data centers and countries. Shared, VPS and dedicated hosting are always on one specific web server in only one specific data center building that is under control by your web hosting provider with whom you can always have direct contact regarding security matters.
  • You don’t know in advance how high the costs will be at the end of each month. As explained before, cloud web hosting costs depend on usage. So that means how many visitors did you have in the past month, how much bandwidth did you use, how much processing power was needed, how much memory was used, etc. So you may well be faced with an unpleasant surprise every month.
  • In many cases, cloud hosting companies are giants like the companies Amazon and Google. This automatically means that the service is less personal than smaller web hosts. This impersonal service can lead to misunderstandings and/or disturbed relationships with the provider. These aspects can make solving possible technical problems more difficult.

Is cloud hosting better – a conclusion.

So, is cloud hosting worth it? Well, as we have read, cloud hosting is an ideal solution for websites and other projects that should never be offline, not even a second. For this reason and because of the scalability we can say that cloud hosting is better than traditional web hosting. However, whether it is also better in terms of price and security is of course a completely different question. Since cloud solutions are generally expensive at the end of the month (payment per hour or per minute) and are not exactly among the most secure solutions (due to hosting in multiple countries), we can thus conclude that cloud hosting is not necessarily better when we talk about security and price. An exception to this is the shared cloud hosting provider Linux Hosts Inc. (see the beginning of this article) offering cloud hosting that is more secure and much cheaper than other similar services. I hope your question “is cloud hosting better” is answered and wish you success with all your future projects!