The complexity of functions that a web or web application can perform grows exponentially year after year. Beyond the presentation of information in the form of text, images and videos, websites can carry out tasks as complex as statistical calculations or handling of multimedia files. In these cases, traditional hosting services have been , on many occasions, obsolete.
On the other hand, there are websites that receive large volumes of traffic , periodically or during specific moments. We refer, for example, to online media, portals of large brands or online stores in periods of high demand. Again, a traditional web host can become saturated or work slowly in the face of a peak of visits.
So, is there an accommodation capable of responding to the requirements of today’s websites? Yes . Thanks to Cloud Computing technology , for a few years now we can use the so-called web hosting in the cloud or Cloud Hosting . Let’s see how this technology works.
Cloud web hosting vs traditional web hosting
To better understand how it works and what improvements a web hosting in the cloud brings, we can compare it with traditional hosting.
The cloud hosting uses multiple servers and distributed computation resources on the network we call cloud or Cloud . If one of these nodes on the network fails or becomes saturated, its workload is automatically distributed to another node, 100% transparent to the end user.
On the other hand, if a traditional server fails, all the resources and functionalities hosted on it will also fail . In short, it is a single machine.
What are the advantages of a web hosting in the cloud?
The main advantages of Cloud Hosting or web hosting in the cloud compared to traditional servers are:
- Distribution of the workload between the different nodes of the “cloud”. So it is more difficult to saturate the accommodation.
- Scalability, or the possibility of expanding the resources available in our accommodation on demand.
- Longer uptime , since even if one of the network nodes fails, its requests will be distributed to another.
These characteristics make cloud web hosting ideal for websites with high volumes of traffic, or portals where it is critical to guarantee close to 100% uptime .
Cloud web hosting adds all the advantages of Cloud Computing to traditional hosting services.