Cloud computing involves the use of on-demand IT infrastructure services offered on the internet on the basis of a pay as you go model. The essence of the cloud hosting services lies in the fact that the client uses and pay for, only that much infrastructure that he uses and access the service from anyplace using a browser or API. Virtualization and distributed computing lies at the core of the cloud services. Virtualization ensures that the client can get unlimited scalability of the IT resources at a short notice and hence the end user is least concerned with the provisioning and upfront investment risks.
Distributed nature of the cloud computing architecture implies that the servers are located at the closest point of the internet cloud thereby enhancing the responsiveness of the network and which acts more like a local network in uptime and reliability.
Cloud hosting services ranges from offering end-user Ready to use services (SAAS), Infrastructure as a service (IAAS) or Platform as a Service (PAAS)
Cloud hosting may be a preferred choice for many enterprises and individuals as they may already be using a variety of these services. But the real benefit of cloud hosting solutions may be:
Anytime accessibility to the application: modern day enterprises need to have huge collaborative experiences and for this multiuser accessibility to the core business application is desired. Cloud hosting enables you to host any application and access it from any browser irrespective of the device or platform used to access the applications.
Reduced costs : cloud hosting solutions reduces the costs of running a business application as the enterprise have the benefit of avoiding the onetime up[front investment in setting the IT infrastructure and instead pay on subscription basis on the pay as you go model. The total IT infrastructure overhead costs is also reduced for the enterprise as the company do not have to invest in the backend technology essential to run the business application as well as the IT application management and troubleshooting as they are provided as a part of the cloud services.
High technology at low costs: the small and medium business could not be living in a better business environment as cloud hosting has enabled them to have the same technological resources that were till now the exclusive domains of big enterprises. Cloud hosting has reduced the ‘barrier to entry’ for small business by offering readymade ‘pay as you go’ technological resources, eliminating IT backend research, manpower as well as upfront IT costs. This can allow small business to focus more on their business.
Free up resources and focus on your business: Cloud hosting services can effectively enable an organization to concentrate and devote more time to their core business in the following way:
· Getting servers and IT resources managed by technical experts
· Avoiding backend technical processes completely such as installation, troubleshooting and training manpower for application management or customization.