UK CLOUD HOSTING
The main benefits of Cloud Hosting are:
- Reliability - rather than being hosted on one single instance of a physical server the website is hosted on a virtual partition which draws its resources. If one server goes offline, it dilutes the level of resource available to the cloud a little but will have no effect on the availability of the website whose virtual server will continue to pull resource from the remaining network of servers. Most of the cloud platforms in our list of the best cloud hosting provider for 2015, could even survive an entire data centre going offline as the pooled cloud resource is drawn from multiple data centres in different locations to spread the risk
- Scalability and Flexibility - giving your website room to grow as your business expands
- Guaranteed server resources (CPU, RAM, BANDWIDTH)
- Reduce capital costs - Cloud servers typically make the largest contribution to cloud hosting infrastructure costs, so it is important to make a thorough analysis of which cloud server provider is really the best for you
Cloud servers vs shared hosting?
Hosting products described as "cloud servers" are generally virtual slices of large, physical servers running what's called virtualization software - some of the most common are: VMware and Xenhypervisor for Linux and Microsoft Hyper-V for Windows. In simple words, they are entirely independent virtual machines running on a real, physical server.
How is that different from shared hosting?
The virtual or cloud servers are essentially independent of one another, so you're not at risk from other people's applications or websites. With cloud hosting, you have full root access and control to your entire server, your own unique IP address, you can reboot or reimage your server any time.
With shared hosting, there is always the risk to your site if other people host "dodgy" websites on the same machine, especially if your hosting provider is not so reliable. That's why, we have reviewed and evaluated so many parameters, including one of the most important - the security. For example Siteground offers for free a service called "Unique Account Isolation Technology". This isolation technology prevents a single vulnerable account from affecting the whole server. This approach makes the shared hosting as secure as the cloud servers. View our Siteground web hosting review or our list of the best UK web hosting providers!
Are content delivery networks (CDN) and Cloud computing the same?
Content delivery network (CDN) has been around for a lot longer than cloud computing as we know it today. CDN is a network of servers that replicate your binary files so that they are served from geographically close locations.
In simple words
CDN is simply - a bunch of "disks" that are spread across the world in different datacenters. You upload your file to one of these disks - and then set it where your customers are coming from. It will then copy the same file to other disks that are nearer to your customers; giving your visitors a faster experience. This collection of disks is called the content delivery network.
Not every cloud provider is a CDN, and not every CDN is a cloud computing provider.
Cloud computing is simply - dividing up a large computing resource (usually processing power) into little chunks which you can use remotely.