Are Cloud Servers The Right Choice For Your Business?

Are Cloud Servers The Right Choice For Your Business?

Cloud servers offer power, flexibility, reliability, and client friendly hosting for small and medium businesses that have outgrown shared hosting.

New business hosting clients are bombarded with an incredible diversity of different choices for their site’s hosting. It can be a challenge to negotiate the range of platforms and the marketing hype that many hosting companies use to promote their products.

cloud-servers

Given the complexity of the hosting market, it’s possible to get decision fatigue and opt for a choice which at first seems to offer great benefits and prices, but may not turn out to be the best choice in the long-run. It can be a pain for a business to move from one hosting company or platform to another — although it’s certainly possible — so it’s best to make a choice that will provide the best foundation for your business well into the future.

With that in mind, in this article we’re going to focus on one form of hosting: the cloud server. Let’s take a look at what a cloud server is, how it differs from other hosting such as shared hosting or a dedicated server, and when it’s the right choice for a business.

(Image Source: Shutterstock)

What Is A Cloud Server?

A cloud server shares some features with both shared hosting and dedicated server hosting, but with a number of extra features that make it a very different beast from both.

A cloud server is a virtualized server. That means that cloud servers are virtual machines that run on a physical server, which can host multiple virtual cloud servers. Cloud servers are a complete server environment with full root access. They also usually include a guaranteed level of resources like processing power and memory.

To some of you, that might sound exactly the same as a virtual private server, but there are significant differences. The most important difference is the pricing model. Whereas virtual private servers are usually sold with per month contacts, cloud servers are on-demand machines that are charged for by the hour, so users pay only for the resources they use.

Is A Cloud Server Right For Your Business?

The major benefits of cloud servers are:

  • Flexibility — Cloud servers are the most flexible hosting option: they can be created, destroyed, replicated, and resized as needed.
  • Scalable – Hopefully, your business is going to grow, and that means more traffic to your website. A cloud server can grow with your business by simply increasing the resources available to it — known as vertical scaling. It’s also very easy to spin up additional servers to create a cluster of cloud servers. For example, you could replicate your web servers and put them behind a cloud-based load balancer — this is horizontal scaling.
  • Reliable — If you have a dedicated server and something goes wrong with the hardware, then your site goes down. Because cloud servers are so much more flexible, you can have redundant servers waiting to activate in case of a problem. You can completely back-up a cloud server and have a replica up and running in seconds. High availability cloud servers are configured so that there is no single point of failure. Using failover systems, proactive monitoring, and recovery, it’s possible to achieve levels of reliability that would be vastly more expensive with dedicated servers.
  • On-demand Pricing — Businesses pay for only the resources they use, and are not committed to a long-term contract.

If you think your business site has outgrown shared hosting and that you need flexibility, scalability, reliability, and a client-friendly payment model, then cloud hosting is for you.

By John Mack

John Mack is a technical writer for Datarealm, one of the oldest web hosting companies. You can follow Datarealm on Twitter, @datarealm, Like them on Facebook, and check out more of their web hosting articles on their blog, http://www.datarealm.com/blog.

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!
FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+Share

One Response to Are Cloud Servers The Right Choice For Your Business?

Join Our Newsletter

Receive updates each week on news, tips, events, comics and much more...

Advertising Programs

Click To Find Out!

Sponsored Posts

Sponsored Posts

CloudTweaks has enjoyed a great relationship with many businesses, influencers and readers over the years, and it is one that we are interested in continuing. When we meet up with prospective clients, our intent is to establish a more solid relationship in which our clients invest in a campaign that consists of a number of

Popular

Top Viral Impact

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts It’s no secret that Cloud Computing is more than just a buzz term as that ship has sailed off a long time ago. More and more companies are adopting the uses and benefits of cloud computing while aggressively factoring cloud services spending into their budget. Included is an excellent

BYOD Will Continue To Define Workplaces In 2014

BYOD Will Continue To Define Workplaces In 2014

BYOD Will Continue To Define Workplaces In 2014 The bring-your-own-device trend has been the subject of scrutiny ever since its initial formation. Given how quickly personal smartphones and tablets became a fixture in everyday life, it makes perfect sense that these mobile machines would slip into workplaces. While BYOD has caused headaches for many businesses,

Cloud Infographic: Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic: Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic: Disaster Recovery  Business downtime can be detrimental without a proper disaster recovery plan in place. Only 6% of businesses that experience downtime without a plan will survive long term. Less than half of all businesses that experience a disaster are likely to reopen their doors. There are many causes of data loss and

Can I Contribute To CloudTweaks?

Yes, much of our focus in 2015 will be on working with other influencers in a collaborative manner. If you're a technology influencer looking to collaborate long term with CloudTweaks – a globally recognized leader in cloud computing information – drop us an email with “tech influencer” in the subject line.

Please review the guidelines before applying.

Whitepapers

Top Research Assets

HP OpenStack® Technology Breaking the Enterprise Barrier

HP OpenStack® Technology Breaking the Enterprise Barrier

Explore how cloud computing is a solution to the problems facing data centers today and highlights the cutting-edge technology (including OpenStack cloud computing) that HP is bringing to the current stage. If you are a CTO, data center administrator, systems architect, or an IT professional looking for an enterprise-grade, hybrid delivery cloud computing solution that’s open,

Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security

Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security

Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security Cloud applications are a priority for every business – the technology is flexible, easy-to-use, and offers compelling economic benefits to the enterprise. The challenge is that cloud applications increase the potential for corporate data to leak, raising compliance and security concerns for IT. A primary security concern facing organizations moving