The introduction of cloud in the hosting space caused a lot of buzz, and it’s still doing so. Businesses and organizations are now rapidly changing up to this kind of web hosting to enjoy efficient services and minimize costs. So what are the main differences between traditional hosting and cloud hosting? Let’s give you a rundown:
1. Hosting resources
With traditional hosting options (VPS hosting, dedicated hosting, shared hosting), you’re limited to the number of resources you can use. That’s because you’re only allowed to use one server. When you’re about to reach the limitation, your website speed drastically drops. That’s when you start experiencing things like downtime, slow-loading pages and more. All this can lead to high bounce rate and abandonment.
Cloud hosting is the exact opposite. It doesn’t rely on a single server to host websites. It uses virtual servers to host multiple websites, thereby meeting their demand for IT resources. In a nutshell, there is no limit to the number of resources you can use if you host your website in the cloud. You’re guaranteed 100% uptime because if one server experiences a glitch, your website will harness resources from other servers within the network to keep it online.
2. Security aspects of traditional and cloud web hosting
When the term cloud hosting comes up in any discussion, most think of public cloud. Like shared hosting, resources are shared on cloud hosting. Multiple websites share resources on the cloud network, and this comes with some security risks. With traditional web hosting, you can changeup from shared hosting to dedicated hosting to avoid sharing of resources and fortify your website’s security. You can also circumvent the security issues that come with a public cloud by changing up to a private or hybrid cloud computing options. The bottom-line is that both cloud and traditional have their fair share of security challenges.
3. Cost of hosting
You’re assigned a given amount of resources when you sign up for most of the traditional web hosting services. That means if you don’t use all the resources, you’re still charged for them. Cloud hosting is a bit different. The amount of resources you’ve used is calculated, and you only pay for that; nothing more, nothing less.
Cloud computing is a great option for small and large businesses. But you have to research extensively about the cloud and the traditional option to ensure that you get the best possible deal.
— Services for developers and designers (@servicesfordd) January 18, 2018