Cloud Hosting

Types of Cloud Hosting

Cloud Hosting, a form of shared hosting, is when multiple users share the same server but on different computers. Data can be stored on any computer and moved at any time. The movement of data does not affect the server. There are many pros and cons to using shared hosting. Cloud hosting is very effective and definitely something to look into if you are thinking of starting a new website and are unsure as to which type of hosting to choose. There are a few different types of cloud hosting. All are effective in different environments.

Cloud hosting is different to that of shared hosting as it makes use of multiple servers (or clustered servers) at one time. Cloud hosting has been criticized for lack of security; however, it can be said that this is true of any shared hosting service. Web hosting companies recommend security settings to users and have solutions to better security.


Public cloud hosting is when the hosting company will allow applications, software, and data to be stored on other public computers aside from computers that belong to that of the hosting company. Users’ data are stored and easily received when needed. The incredible thing about cloud computing is the functionality and flexibility of the cloud itself.


Private cloud hosting is when the hosting company will only store applications, software and data on their own computers. This is more expensive and takes longer to set up.


Hybrid cloud hosting is when the hosting company will store applications, software, and data on both private and public computers on multiple servers.

Combined Cloud

A combined cloud is when two clouds merge. Multiple servers, providers, users and, data storage hardware merge to form a virtual cloud.

Community Cloud

If companies share similar interests or have similar needs due to similar interests, data may be stored on what is called a community cloud.  Community clouds are popular among researchers, academics and other groups.

It is essential to understand what cloud hosting is and how you can make it work well for your individual needs. Web hosting companies will offer a variety of cloud hosting services but it is important to know a bit about what you are getting yourself into before signing a monthly contract. The brilliant thing about cloud hosting is that in the case of some web hosting services, you will not be charged for what you do not use. In fact, you will find that cloud hosting is a very flexible and easy-to-use option.

Choosing Managed or Unmanaged

With most web hosting options, the service provider will allow users to choose how much assistance they require. Normally, with shared hosting plans, users do not have the managed and unmanaged options or full root access. These options are more apparent in dedicated hosting servers. However, with the popularity of cloud hosting, companies are looking to help users manage their websites more effectively and are therefore providing more management tools and tech support to improve their service. How much help or management provided will depend on the service provider.


Posted by admin on May 10th, 2011 :: Filed under Cloud Hosting
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