Cloud HostingWhen considering Cloud Hosting Services, it is a good idea to get an understanding of the issues surrounding Cloud Hosting. Whether you are in the market for Solar VPS Cloud Servers or whether you are simply doing research on Cloud Server Hosting, let’s dive into the in’s and out’s of the Cloud. The first thing you need to know when considering the Cloud is what type of services you need for your business. Depending upon the size and needs of your business, you are going to need to make a determination between utilizing Public Cloud Hosting or Private Cloud Hosting. For companies which seeking a more cost effective, not as security heavy and an easy scalable resources solution, the Public Cloud is the way to go. For companies who need heavy security, large scalable resources and the ability to connect to a secure VPN, the Private Cloud is the best bet.
Private Cloud Computing and Public Cloud ComputingBut what exactly is the Public Cloud? Essentially the Public Cloud is a Cloud which is shared by many. The Public Cloud is scalable, accessible from anywhere with an Internet connection and allows for pooling of IT resources. For the vast majority of Internet users the Public Cloud comes in the form of Gmail, Dropbox, Google’s GDrive and applications like SugarSync. The Public Cloud is good for consumers looking for a light weight Cloud VPS solution running off a shared virtual server. The Private Cloud, on the other hand, is a great solution for small to medium sized businesses, enterprise level companies and large scale foundations/corporations who need all the benefits of the Public Cloud (scalability, price structure, storage space) with the added benefits of heavy security features, dedicated computing space/power and an avenue for secure direct connection via an internal intranet connection over a virtual private network (VPN). So now you know what the public and private Cloud is however, we can still get more basic. The private and public Cloud are two different forms of the same Cloud virtualization technology. Yet, below that technology is the raw Cloud computing infrastructure which seems to get lost in the shuffle. That infrastructure is made up of a collection of racks, servers and virtual private servers (VPS).
VPS – Virtual Private Servers to Power Your CloudBack in the day, when web hosting was just in its infancy, the most common form of web hosting equipment was a dedicated server. A dedicated server (although still in use) is a clunky piece of web hosting hardware which allowed end users to utilize all the dedicated resources of a server for their needs. The dedicated server, although supplying great computing solutions, was expensive to run, expensive to maintain and expensive to replace. A VPS, on the other hand, is a partitioned server i.e. it is a slice of the overall pie. In terms of Cloud virtualization, a VPS, be a Linux VPS or a Windows VPS, supplies the end user (you) with a single part of the overall server. This single part has all the resources, security and space you need to run a series of websites. The main benefits of utilizing a VPS are:
- Price Structure – Because you’re not using the entire server – because you’re only using a small slice of the overall server pie – you pay less.
- Scalability – Scalability is pretty much the Cloud Computing definition. When you hear someone ask, “What is Cloud Computing?” although it isn’t the full answer, just respond with “scalability”. Scalability means the end user has the ability to ramp up the resources he or she needs at any given moment. It also means the end user has the ability to shutter the resources he or she needs at any given moment. The best part about scalability: You only pay for what you use. It has already been said, but price structuring and scalability are the two largest Cloud computing advantages.