What Are Cloud Servers?

A cloud server’s function is much like that of regular server hardware. But on the cloud, clients obtain space and don’t actually hire the services of a physical server.

There are particular advantages to choosing a cloud server hosting plan versus a traditional one, however, which we will explore below. First, what is a server in the first place?

What Is a Traditional Server?

A computer is programmed to communicate with another computer, fulfilling a required task for that program. In this case, the task is to become a website host.

Servers can be dedicated to one website or shared by multiple sites. They are generally on all the time and sometimes fall prey to the technical issues which befall all machines, causing what is known as “downtime” or loss of service.

Shared vs. Dedicated Hosting

The two basic hosting designations are dedicated and shared plans. If you share a server, there are lots of other clients using it at the same time, all of them limited to a certain amount of data space. It is cheaper than a dedicated plan which is best suited to companies producing large amounts of data for their sites.

On a shared host’s server, there is not much room to grow or adapt to an influx of activity. When a server crashes and websites experience downtime (that is, they are inaccessible over the internet), this is often a result of one client experiencing an unusually large amount of traffic. Dedicated servers cope better, but they cost a lot more and you might be paying for more space than you need.

Benefits of Cloud Servers

The “cloud” isn’t a physical thing and is more elastic than a machine. Cloud server space is adjustable as your needs change. Rent a small amount of space this month and ask for an increase the following month at a higher rental fee. Reduce this space if your needs decrease.

A hypervisor runs the cloud server, controlling where data space goes as required by the client. If one client needs a lot of room to grow temporarily, the hypervisor can allocate more room for that period of time so the system does not crash, leaving all clients without web hosting service for a time.

What Is Redundancy?

This term refers to the overlap of servers provided by a web host. Regular firms with traditional servers try to operate at least three so there is always a back-up for the back-up. There are even more levels of back-up with cloud servers, increasing uptime and customer satisfaction.

Final Thoughts

Cloud servers require minimal set up, are reliable, flexible, and customers enjoy the reasonable rates available. They must also be prepared to enter into shared hosting arrangements, however, but the cloud is considered safe overall and beneficial to the average customer.

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