These days, everything seems to be in the cloud – websites, data, and applications – anything you need to store securely, share effortlessly, and access easily. Many have come to realize the benefits of cloud hosting versus other hosting solutions such as dedicated servers and virtualization. Haven’t heard of the cloud? Don’t worry — join us as we explore cloud computing.
What is cloud computing?
Simply put, the cloud involves computing nodes that allow users to store their data on virtual cloud servers. It is the latest and greatest way for an individual or organization to store, share, and protect its data.
As you may have noticed, Atlantic.Net offers a variety of hosting solutions. Depending on your needs, cloud computing may be the best for you. While there are a number of benefits of using the cloud, let’s compare cloud to a dedicated server and virtualization in terms of the flexibility it provides.
A dedicated server involves leasing a physical server from a data center and paying for a contracted amount of power, bandwidth, and hard drive space every month. Similar to a dedicated server, virtualization involves leasing a physical dedicated server but also includes a hypervisor, which allows virtual machines to be created on the dedicated server. Cloud hosting, on the other hand, is a pool of shared resources (infrastructure and bandwidth) that allows you to easily provision as many virtual servers as you need and feel free to scale down accordingly. There are no contracts or commitments and you are only billed for what you use.
Sounds simple, right? It is! Try Atlantic.Net’s free $15 trial today to see why many are joining the cloud. Stay tuned for our next blog which will focus on the security that cloud computing provides.