Virtual Private Servers have long been recognized as a way for businesses to reduce IT costs and increase operational efficiency. By isolating applications and programs within one virtual server that’s set aside solely for you, VPS provides high levels of privacy, security and control. But while VPS delivers cost savings on hardware and offers the flexibility to run multiple operating systems or sets of programs on individual servers at the same time, it doesn't scale well.
While shared, VPS, and dedicated server hosting packages rely on one physical server at a time, cloud hosting enables an unlimited number of servers to act as a unified system. With so many resources at your disposal, cloud hosting introduces a greater level of scalability, availability, and performance. The added flexibility of adding or removing resources means many hosting providers bill customers monthly for exactly the resources used.
The biggest decision is whether to have a cloud-based or in-house server infrastructure. While it may sound like a black-or-white selection, there are many things to consider. The first factor is how important uptime is to your business. Cloud solutions are usually more expensive than in-house, but the benefits of being in the cloud can far outweigh the costs for some businesses. For example, an online business that is reliant on web-based transactions will consider uptime an extremely important factor; therefore, they will likely be willing to pay more for a cloud-based solution that can guarantee a certain level of uptime. Other businesses not as dependent on uptime may be more suited to an in-house set up.
You get to benefit from an economy of scale, meaning you sharing hardware with other businesses but only pay for the amount of compute and storage capacity that you use. If you need to increase your usage, you can do so through a dashboard. You have unlimited flexibility to increase or decrease your resources and can change server specifications with the demands of your business.
Liquid Web calls the scaling process resizing. Resizing scales your server resources up or down. Depending on the specific site or application needs, you can have the configuration you need in a short amount of time. Caveats to completion time include any running server processes, storage or memory used, and backups or other processes that are running. The two options for resizing are Quick Resize and Full Resize.
A cloud server is a shared section of a server. It’s allocated for your use (via a virtual environment) and controlled by the service or cloud provider. On your end, it appears that you are running your own compute and storage space. However—and this is an important point—there are usually a large number of other people using the same compute and storage resources within their own virtualized environment.
A website hosted on a Shared Hosting Server Shares resources such as Storage, RAM and CPU with many other sites, that could range from a few to hundreds, but is limited by hardware limitations on that device. On the contrary, our Cloud Hosting Services offer a nearly unlimited ability to handle traffic spikes because of a virtualization layer with a separate CEPH storage cluster and upgradable CPU Core and RAM model. If one storage instance is rendered inaccessible, the other instances will be able to serve the stored information due to the 3N redundancy.