What’s the big deal about cloud servers

Let’s talk Cloud Servers

Also known as Virtual Private Servers (VPS), these are multiple unconnected virtualised server environments that are set up and provisioned to maximise resources while mitigating prices by means of spreading costs across a larger number of users. A Cloud server hosting can give each of the clients a user experience that is similar in many ways to a dedicated server experience. We’re talking about being able to reboot the operating system dedicated to your server or make changes via root access without having any effects on the other Cloud Servers on the same platform.

In fact, Cloud Servers today have evolved into a cost effective way for web developers and business owners to rasily acquire access to resources similar to that of a dedicated server. Users can tap into more processing power, increased functionality and resource scalability at an affordable price that is substantially less than going for a dedicated Bare Metals hosting.

Ok. So why use a Cloud Server?

Value

It’s all about getting value for money. Like I said earlier, the Cloud Server costs less than using a dedicated server. You’d be surprised to know that they sometimes barely cost more than some shared hosting services. That’s pretty awesome, considering that, most times, the technology, network connectivity, resource availability, configurability and processing power is much better than shared hosting services and much nearer that of Bare Metals servers. Yummy.

Scalability

Most half decent Cloud services providers now offer the option of seamlessly upgrading your Cloud Server to one with higher resource specifications without the need for down time.

Let’s say your business has grown beyond the capabilities of the basic Cloud Server you started out with 20 months ago. Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to seamlessly upgrade your server without worrying about down time that may affect your operations?

That’s real scalability for you. :)

Security

Cloud Servers offer much more in terms of the potential for security as compared to a shared hosting service.

Most shared hosting services are set up in a way where the possibility that 1 client’s issues may end up affecting other clients on the same server. One of the most common such issues would, of course, be the dreaded B word – again.

Blacklisting … (cue Darth Vader theme music).

Such issues that may occur due to reasons of co-habitation become far less likely to happen in a Cloud Server environment. You are free to install and configure security thing-a-ma-jigs as you wish (barring incompatibility) on your Cloud Server. Having your own dedicated IP address, plus the option of adding more IPs, opens up a whole plethora of security options that would have not been available had your hosting been on a shared hosting service.

Flexibility

When you use a Cloud Server, you can have the freedom to customise your own user experience. One such situation that occurs frequently would be adding customised scripts or applications that are specifically meant for 1 web site. As a matter of fact, users of Cloud servers are given root access and, as such, are able to create customised applications by means of the programming syntax that they are most familiar and most comfortable with.

This is probably one of the main reasons why droves of programmers and Web developers out there use Cloud Servers.

Resources

When you are using shared hosting services, your hosted entity competes for system resources with the other sites that are on the same shared hosting service. This can sometimes lead to issues with connectivity or processing speed.

What makes a Cloud Server different is that system resources are set aside based on the requirements of the user’s applications. Which means& if you are paying for a Cloud Server with 8GB of RAM, that particular amount of resource is designated solely for your use so there isn’t the need to compete with other users for the resources you need to power your application.

So why use a Cloud Server?

Cloud Servers are probably the best Cloud based solution for small and medium enterprises who have their sights firmly set on growing their business. It doesn’t matter if you run an online store, if you are a webmaster, if you need to run a resource-intensive application, or if you simply want more resources than a shared hosting service provides – the Cloud Server provides probably the best value-for-money of all the server solutions available out in the market currently.

I will probably talk about the various ways a Cloud Server can be used in a later post. In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about Cloud Servers or the different types of Cloud Servers that are available, do feel free to write to us.

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