Cloud hosting is the term used to describe web hosting in which several different servers are used to balance the load and maximize availability. Instead of using a single server, a Web site can access a "cluster" that uses resources from a centralized pool. This means that even if one server fails, another server turns on to keep everything running.

Compared to common web hosting, where only a certain amount of storage space is obtained from a single server, cloud hosting gives you part of the so-called cloud cluster.

Cloud hosting is interesting for you if one of the following points applies to you:

  • You have a website that has to be highly accessible - that is, you have to deal with high workload peaks without slowing down or even disappearing altogether.
  • You would like to integrate innovative services such as image recognition, chat functions or other services based on artificial intelligence.
  • You want a page to be replicated in different regions for a global audience.
  • You want to ensure that your site is protected against server failure.

Cloud hosting architecture

The architecture of cloud hosting differs fundamentally from normal web hosting: conventional web hosting solutions follow a centralized approach in which many applications are executed on a single server. If this server fails, all applications are affected. The distributed approach of cloud hosting solves this problem by distributing all applications over several servers and thus creating reliability.

Larger websites such as search engines or social networks use the distributed approach because no server alone can handle the high load. Large projects like these either build their own cloud hosting architecture or access resources from a cloud hosting provider.

What does cloud hosting cost and how is it billed?

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question. What you pay depends entirely on what your cloud infrastructure has to do for you, as well as a variety of other factors.

The billing models are just as scalable as the cloud hosting itself and these are fundamentally different from traditional hosting offerings. As a rule, hosting providers charge for their services on a pay-as-you-use basis. This means that the actual useful life and the storage space used are paid instead of a fixed monthly fee. With some providers it is even possible to "freeze" the unused instances. This makes it possible to save or reduce costs. The account can, depending upon offerer by the second or hourly take place.

Some of the major cloud hosting providers:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Google-Cloud Platform
  • 1 & 1 Cloud-Server
  • Adacor
  • Telekom Cloud
  • Host Europe
  • IBM Softlayer

In our following article, we will discuss the "Cloud Hosting Market Overview" and make comparisons with the most common cloud hosting providers.

The Future of Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting is becoming more and more important in our modern society. This technology allows us to deploy massive computing power in seconds to maximize availability, usability and resilience.