Cloud Hosting- Still Stumbling Over The Clouds

Cloud Hosting- Still Stumbling Over The Clouds

Cloud computing is just around the corner; some may argue that it’s already here, and it’s been with us for a while (think Google). Although a maturing technology, cloud hosting is still surrounded with a lot of hype. Customers are, in a way, still stumbling over the “clouds”.
Different cloud hosting companies offer different cloud service platforms, built on different cloud computing technologies. What all of these have in common is that they are supposed to not only pose as the latest buzzword in a marketing message, but offer a better solution to the customer’s hosting needs. So, what are the benefits of cloud hosting over the shared or dedicated hosting solutions?
The idea behind the cloud hosting is to charge the customer for the resources that they are actually using, thus allowing for a greater cost control. There is no underutilized bandwidth. A customer is not paying for a fixed amount of server bandwidth in advance, regardless of the amount of traffic he receives, as it was the case in the past. When the hosting is in the cloud, a spike in the server load increases the cost, and a drop decreases the cost.
It’s self-contradictory that this actually makes hosting in the cloud a better solution for bigger websites. While the prices have come down in the last few years, cloud hosting is still out of reach for many small businesses. For now, it is a cheaper and simpler option for websites with heavy traffic because they don’ have to factor in sudden traffic surges, as they would have in the past. When you’re hosting your data in the cloud, a hosting provider is the only one responsible for the server infrastructure.
There is no more server crashing, and downtimes are rarely experienced. In the case that one server goes down, the others continue to work so there is virtually no downtime. The servers in the cloud are using load balancing technologies, and have hardware updates done continuously. The advantages that cloud hosting has to offer can – paradoxically – turn out to also be its biggest vulnerabilities!
Security is still the concern most often expressed by the customers. It was said, over and again, that the data is safely stored on servers housed within the data centers operating security measures. However, the concern about the security of customer’s data when sharing their hardware with other users is legitimate. Besides, where exactly is their data? The customers have lost the control over the physical location of their data which may be unsettling for many.

Cloud Computing Growth Statistics

Cloud Computing Growth Statistics

Looking at the current market stature, anybody can predict the future of cloud services. The beginning days were somewhat filled with dark when people were a bit cautious about its growth and its capabilities. But it seems that now the concept has reached the dawn of the day. A major part of the user group is considering it usable for short as well as for long run. It has been significantly effective in handling large set of operations that people doubted earlier. Techno gurus have even suggested that the stage is set for it and it will be the leader in providing every kind of hosting and internet services in the future.
Based on recent cloud computing reviews, it was recorded that the overall market share of cloud computing companies in India is 100 million dollars now and by 2015, it is estimated to cross the 1 billion dollar mark. Well the current growth record at least proves one thing for sure that the saturation of this service is nowhere near. The record above clearly suggests the rate at which it has been growing which is actually quite impressive. Such reviews have never been found with other computer services. This proves one more point that it is equally competitive to its competitors in terms of performance and quality.
The providers are also not behind in providing excellent services to their qualities. They are hiring skilled professionals and system administrators that can control the overall infrastructure unlike any other company or group. They are making every possible attempt to make their services the best in the industry such that every road leads to nowhere but clouds. Creatively talented administrators are creating firewall systems that are invincible. Every small feature is reviewed and molded to perform to their best in the level of their category. Not only are the providers concentrating on improving just their own part but is also focusing on enhancing the client’s side too so that the business keeps going on successfully on both sides.
Many IT heavyweights such as Google, Dell, Hewlett Packard, etc are openly using these services. Most of the industry biggies are also shifting their mode of operations to it on a permanent basis. May be they are getting this confidence by seeing the IT giants. If they are using it without any difficulty, how easier will it be for others? The rate of cloud computing growth since they were incepted by the IT biggies has been breathtakingly higher.
All in all, it’s good news for cloud providers. The growth statistic is an increasing graph. The features are optimized and complete for anybody whether he is an individual or a multinational company. The growth has been very quick and there has been a launch of all different wave of clientele. What else can be said is, the future is uncertain. What will happen is in nobody’s control and we make our predictions based on our current marks and so basing on present case scenario, it can be said that cloud services is having a very bright future.

The Fast, Growing And Emerging Technology

The Fast, Growing And Emerging Technology

The idea of Cloud computing refer to several application or services all over the internet and the combination of system software and hardware that are responsible to provide those services and application. This combination of hardware and software is known as cloud or internet.

Cloud computing is basically a new technology that is becoming more and more popular in last few years. Basically it is virtualization technology in which various distributed computer systems are connected together in order to form or make a big virtual computer system which can easily manage the computation and large amount of data.

Description This virtual technology makes it possible that each computer system appear as a separate computation machine allowing users to install operating system and software on each separate physical machine and the user can also configure or set rules for each and every node.

The concept of cloud computing is basically evolved from the concept of distributed computing, parallel processing and grid computing. According to a study, the data is no longer available on the one’s personal computer system but are hosted to be accessible at any time in any location.

This process is attractive and irresistible. Basically it is an opportunity to access several IT resources more efficiently and effectively. This type of approach is described as an It consumption pattern which relies on several resources.

This technology in IT generation offer more effective and efficient approach to access the IT tasks. All internet based applications are delivered through the third party resources, mixture of private and public clouds and internal resources.

There is a consensus that this technology has many advantages, but the businesses are not totally committed to spend in cloud computing services and applications because of the regulation, security and management of the data and resources. According to 2009 survey, only 59 % of the businesses were familiar with the concept of Cloud Computing.

It is a collaborative environment for the employees so that they can access the various shared resources from any location. All users seem to be very comfortable with accessing shared resources and documents that are stored in the cloud machine. This was all about cloud computing technology. All the features of cloud computing are the requirement of an individual and businesses that are searching for the deducting the cost.

Cloud Vs Dedicated Hosting

Cloud Vs Dedicated Hosting 

The third post in this series looks at some of the pros and cons of dedicated and cloud hosting solutions when it comes to providing the services that enterprise customers actually demand. Much focus in the industry has in the past been concentrated on the technical capabilities of the respective platforms but the key to adoption across enterprise is how that technology sates business requirements.

Customer Experience A traditional weakness of cloud computing, and perhaps a consequence of its on-demand access model is the area of SLAs and targeting enterprise consumers’ needs effectively. The utility style of the service means that consumers have to some extent fitted their computing needs to the cloud services available rather than vice versa in order to benefit from the economies of scale and reduced costs. After all, the service is to a large extent defined and packaged up by the provider with the consumer tapping into it as and when they need it.

Dedicated platforms have, in the past, outperformed cloud in this area with the ability to provide customisation and control over individual servers and the use of more suitable SLAs on better defines services. Businesses have been able to take their IT requirements to a provider of dedicated hosting and build the platform around it (cost permitting) leading to a more bespoke set up.

However, there is now a concerted effort within the cloud sector to provide better targeted enterprise applications with in-built flexibility, scalability and security as well as SLAs which accurately reflect the performance of these services and the needs of enterprise.

An example of this move away from a one-size-fits all model is the development of the idea of cloud application stores where organisations can purchase the components they need individually to construct a cloud package which is tailored to their business needs. In other words, providers create and define individual components but customers configure their overall bespoke service using these elements.

Choice The benefits mentioned above and in the preceding posts in relation to the cloud result in arguably the key long term driver for enterprise adoption of cloud hosting and cloud computing in general, that of choice. Ultimately, the flexibility of the model means that anything is theoretically possible for an enterprise customer if they have the budget and their provider has the resources.

The same can be said about traditional dedicated platforms (at a greater cost) but the scalability issues encountered by businesses using dedicated servers are, as stated, negated with cloud hosting by the removal of the concept of capacity.

As mentioned previously dedicated platforms can be used to provide a bespoke hosting solution for enterprise customers at any level but once the platform is established any further changes to it may require time and expense.

With cloud hosting, if a business wishes to try a particular project or campaign as a short term venture they can so with minimal lead time, pay-as-you-go costing, and responsive scaling, thus reducing these costs and the resulting risks of the venture.