The Rise Of Cloud Hosting
In years past, companies looking to host a high-traffic website have had one of three main options:
- Shared Web hosting services
- Dedicated Web hosting services
- Hosting on local IT infrastructure
Shared Web hosting services have been most popular with small businesses, but they suffer from performance bottlenecks, limited management features, and no direct server access. Dedicated Web hosting offers a solution to the performance issues of shared Web hosting—but at a cost. Monthly rates are typically high, and support is either expensive or nonexistent. Local hosting has been the route chosen by most corporations, but small businesses and startups often lack the resources and personnel necessary to maintain their own on-premises Web servers.
More recently, virtual private servers have emerged as an intermediate option for customers wanting the flexibility and performance of dedicated servers without the costly hardware overhead. Virtual private servers work well for some customers, but they’re not without their own problems. Continue Reading…