10 years ago, when web hosting was in its prime as businesses started to look out for dedicated web hosting providers to host their websites and content. Rates and charges were increasing every day as business grew on the Internet, more and more web hosting companies started operations and physical servers were provided by them dedicated for websites that needed more storage space and bandwidth.
After a while, when rates started to stabilize, shared hosting concept came into existence and this trend continued on for a while. The downside of all this – dedicated as well as shared hosting was latency and availability. Latency in simple terms is time taken to send a message. In website hosting terms, it is the minimum time required for the data going back and forth between the web server and end user’s system – be it a browser or a mobile app accessing the website. Availability is defined as availability of website content and services when the web host is down; though this was tried to be overcome with replication of data within the host, the data was still on the same location. Innovation was really the need of the hour to overcome these key issue.
When the concept and operations of Cloud hosting provides came into limelight in the mid of the decade, these two issues were pretty much solved by this de-centralized architecture that the cloud has multiple copies of data across several servers of the provider across the world and the concept name “virtualization”. With cloud infrastructure, there will be multiple servers already in place ready to be used without needing a start or “go”, then then quickly virtualize themselves. In simple terms, this means they provide the only needed resources (and not all of them) to the end user thus making the amount of data less as well as delivered in quick time.
We hope this article provides a summary of the need for cloud hosting in the global and always connected world that are in today.