Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Understanding Shared, Dedicated and Cloud Hosting
Let’s decode what is hosting and what are the various categories of server hosting available for organizations. First, let’s understand what is hosting – In simple words it means renting space or servers in a data centre to host web based applications.
The various types of hosting available are:
1)Shared Hosting: In shared hosting, multiple customers are hosted on a single server. Shared Hosting is beneficial for small and medium businesses with non-mission critical websites and applications which do not generate a lot of traffic. Even though it provides a cost-effective hosting option for SMBs, there could be performance issues if too many websites reside on a single server.
2)Dedicated Hosting: In dedicated hosting, every customer is allocated a separate server for its website/web applications. A dedicated server gives more control and is typically more expensive than shared hosting but it’s the advisable option for critical applications and high traffic websites. Dedicated hosting offers multiple benefits such as high performance, security and control. With Managed dedicated hosting, the entire server management can be taken care of by the service provider.
3) Cloud Hosting: Cloud Hosting services provide hosting for websites on virtual servers which have extensive networks of physical web servers. The client can scale up and down based on their requirement and pay for only what they use. The service provider owns the hardware and software necessary for the service, and can provide managed services based on the requirement.