Archive | January, 2011

How can Cloud Hosting Ensure Maximum Uptime

28 Jan

This phrase must be something you are hearing for the first time. However, the technology we are talking about here is nothing new. Yes, in fact, you are very much already part of the cloud hosting which Google promotes big time

Google operations and other searches operate under a huge computer infrastructure (also called ‘cloud’) which people tap into from their own computer systems.

Basically, a website hosted through clouding operates on multiple connected servers. In place of limiting to a single server similar to traditional hosting services like dedicated hosting and shared hosting, cloud hosting facilitates the website to have access to multiple servers. This way the processing power of the site also becomes virtually unlimited, now that you can add a new server and further scale it up.

What’s more? With cloud hosting, you also offer 100% uptime guarantee to your customers, the power of reliability and scalability with zero failover, while ensuring that your clients’ data remains safe and available 24x7x365. This means that if a website is hosted on a single server and if the same goes down, the whole site is down, but in case of cloud these kind of issues are never possible.

Cloud hosting (also known as enterprise hosting and cluster hosting) can offer various benefits from its users from different spheres of life. The most known benefits are its cost efficiency, better security, performance, consolidation, flexibility and its scalability in terms of load balancing, hardware upgrading, and so on. Further, the expansion of website can also be executed at frequent interval with minimal restrictions. Generally, you may have to face problems during migration of your website from a shared server to a dedicated server, or at the time of server crash when your website experiences a sudden surge. Such problems can be easily avoided with Cloud Host.

A huge amount of processing power needed for your website would also fetch huge costing. Nevertheless, companies offering cloud hosting charge only on the basis of the quantity of computer power that is consumed, similar to your water supply, telephone and electricity bills. Not any more are you required to store server power so as to avoid website crash from sudden surge.

Some of the known cloud hosting services includes, VPS.NET, Cloud Computing, SiteCloud, HPC Host, RackSpace and NetDepot. Cloud servers also facilitate different scripting codes like.ASP and.PHP files for its users, which is otherwise not available in traditional cheap web hosting services.

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VPS hosting

28 Jan

The new era of VPS hosting has caught on to many looking to host their sites with lowest possible cost of investment and maintenance.  Setting up a VPS (Virtual Private Server) is basically using a single computer to represent multiple computers or servers.  Each VPS looks and acts like a physical computer on its own, with the exception of sharing the footprint and resources.

VPS hosting is probably the ideal solution to those who don’t want to rely on a shared server and can’t afford a dedicated server.  There is no sacrifice in terms of performance as each VPS has its own operating system and can be managed solely on its own. Rebooting or messing up a VPS doesn’t affect other VPS in the physical box.  Security is not forfeited as each VPS has its own users and corresponding passwords.  These user profiles are managed within each VPS and not shared or managed at any central server to avoid a security breach.  There is flexibility when performing work on a VPS as it doesn’t affect its neighbor VPS.  With the exception of cutting power to the server, each VPS runs independently of each other and doesn’t give thought or concern to one another’s behavior or platform.

Perhaps the most obvious downside to this method of hosting is that its physical resources still need to be shared among the Virtual Private Servers residing within.  As such, it’s important to plan and monitor the server’s performance to ensure no severe drop in case of an overactive VPS.  However, all VPS will have a certain amount of resources allotted to it and hence cannot eat into another’s space, so to speak.  It’s also important to understand that 100% of physical resources are never equally divided among all VPS within the server.  That is to say, 4 VPS in a box may get less than 25% of resources per VPS as some resources are required to manage these VPS.  This loss of resources is sometimes known as overhead.

On whether you should look into VPS hosting, you will need to access your needs.  If your site is currently in a shared server environment and not suffering any significant problems, it’s best to leave as is.  However, if you want to see improvement to above mentioned aspects, perhaps a serious consideration into this form of hosting is called for.

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