When is cloud suitable for a basic website? Part 2

When is cloud suitable for a basic website?

I recently argued that cloud is not a suitable solution for the online shops, blogs, forums and content driven sites that constitute the vast majority of the web. After all, these are websites that need nothing more than a CPU and a database, which can be provided at lower annual cost by the numerous VPS and Shared Hosting providers.

But even if a shared host is more sensible for your business, you may still benefit from some short-term access to the cloud:

  • The cloud is a great resource for testing the minimum hardware requirements for your online service. This is exactly what I did for my own startup. Unsure of how much computing power I will require, I started off by using Amazon’s smallest cloud solution, a ‘Micro’ machine instance with only 613MB of memory and a low power CPU. Slowly I progressed up the stack, to larger and more powerful systems. Keep climbing up the ‘power stack’ until you find a server that can just support your requirements. You can now move the code back to a standard VPS for cheap, long-term hosting, but with the comfort that you will choose exactly the hardware that you need.
  • Some companies require a website for only short-term use, to run online competitions and other short term promotions. These websites really don’t need the services of a cloud provider. But they may be cheaper to run on the cloud if their online presence is expected to last for less than a month (you will find that costs after a month may make it cheaper to go back to using a standard VPS or Shared Host).

Next article: Why your business really needs the cloud?

Contribution By Simon Ellis

“Simon is the owner of LabSlice, a new startup that allows companies to distribute Virtual Demos using the cloud.”

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One Response to When is cloud suitable for a basic website? Part 2

  1. I have to disagree. Obviously considering my background.

    Yet with real PaaS offerings as Heroku for Ruby or ours for PHP the Cloud becomes much more viable for smaller web projects like the types you described. For about the price of a VPS you can easily host those projects and have no administration hassle at all. Which is huge compared to a VPS where you have to deal with backups, security updates and other such annoyings which are often neglected when comparing prices but are real operating costs.

    Yet due to true pay-as-you-go pricing with PaaS you only pay what you really used.

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