In the early days of web hosting, an experienced web master would need to purchase a server that could be connected all the time to the internet and be able to handle a capacity load of possibly several hundred users simultaneously browsing or making transactions on their site. The ability to handle such large amounts of traffic and to procure expensive hardware that could handle the extreme demands of web hosting was prohibitive to the average individual web developer. Hosting companies started offering a service to rent out servers to clients who wanted to administer their own web sites, but did not have the money to buy a server outright or the connectivity available to handle several connections simultaneously to their site. Most high traffic sites require not just a broadband connection that individuals can get in their house, but a dedicated T1 or T3 line that connects to the internet in a fault tolerant and enterprise class fashion.
In the old days of hosted web development, however, there were still many drawbacks. For instance in order to properly handle the traffic from an increased number of users due to a sale on your items, or increased advertisement and marketing programs, or just unexpected levels of growth, you would have to rent or purchase the appropriate number of servers and configure them to handle the levels of traffic and processor throughput that you would need to meet the demand. Cloud hosting solves this problem by automatically scaling your web site up or down depending on the amount of traffic you receive in any given month. This is because cloud hosting does not operate on a per server basis. In fact, the server technology is usually hidden from the client completely. If you need one super fast computer or several medium range computers, you no longer have to worry about these decisions as a web host administrator. That is because with cloud hosting, most of the web host administration work is done with the vendor instead of with the business client company or with the web host developer.
Instead of working in the old style of predicting what kind of traffic and growth you expect your company to generate in a given year and purchasing or renting servers based on that prediction, cloud hosting works on a service level agreement (SLA) that is based on real time traffic and performance numbers from a month to month basis. Service agreements for traffic are based around how many users you actually have coming to your site in any given month, how much bandwidth they take up, and how much computer processing power they use through their transactions. If you experience a high level of traffic one month because of an advertisement run through an online marketing campaign you will be billed appropriately, and more importantly scaled up appropriately to handle the traffic, in that month. If the next month you only experience half of the customers from the previous month, you will only be charged for the number of users and processing cycles and bandwidth that you used in that month.
The cloud can be a great way to purchase storage space on the fly as needed. Companies that need their web hosting sites to handle several multimedia files, such as video tutorials, video interviews, large adobe PDF documents, or other such large multimedia content can greatly benefit from cloud storage hosting. Storage is expensive and sometimes hard to plan for accordingly. On top of this, the administration and configuration of storage solutions can be a real hassle. With cloud hosting, however, storage just as with your other entire web hosting headaches are greatly simplified.
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