Cloud Computing

Posted on June 29th, 2012 by admin in Basics, Hosting, Technology | Comments Off

Cloud Computing Simplified

The term “cloud computing” has been increasingly used in computer and Web-related talk, but what exactly does it mean? The ideas behind cloud computing likely originated in the 1960s when figures, such as John McCarthy, expressed the opinion that computer use may someday be used in a fashion similar to that of public utilities. In the standard Web services schema, if you wanted to rent file storage space for example, you would have to come up with an estimation of how much storage space you actually need so that you don’t a) end up paying for more space than you use, or b) end up exceeding your space needs and having to go through the hassle of upgrading to a more expensive plan. This standard schema is applied to many services that can be rendered over the Web, from hosting for a website to your phone’s data plan, and is still in use today. Cloud computing seeks to make this an obsolete business model by providing users with plans under which they pay for exactly what they use, no more and no less. This is very similar to the way in which we pay for public utilities. In essence, cloud computing is the use of technology that offers resources and services over the Web in a manner in which a client’s use can be tracked, thus allowing the client to pay for exactly what they use without having to worry about different plans, scalability, etc.

What Cloud Hosting Brings to the Table

Besides providing the obvious benefit of not causing a client to examine different hosting plans and upgrading or downgrading at the appropriate time, companies that offer cloud hosting really bring something magical to the table when it comes to scalability. Imagine you’re starting a business on the Web. Not only will you need hosting for your site, but you may also need storage space for your files, dedicated servers, and to have the ability for your business to scale upwards if it is a success. The last thing you want is for your business site to be down because it was so successful that the data limits of your current hosting plan were exceeded. With cloud hosting, scalability is never an issue; as your business expands and necessitates the use of more resources from your hosting company, you will automatically be given these resources and charged for exactly what you use without having to worry about your data usage. Likewise, if your business is not as successful as you may have hoped, you will not be over-charged by any expensive plans you may have over-optimistically purchased.