The Difference Between Cloud Computing and Web Hosting

Many people see cloud computing and web hosting as the same thing because they deliver very similar results, however there are some key differences between the two that must be taken into account when comparing them.

Web Hosting

Web hosting is typically seen through systems that allow singular users to construct and store their own websites within a web hosting provider or that allow businesses to sign contracts with internet providers who store their website for them.

All web hosting really is is storing your websites and web projects in a remote location where they will have protection and maintenance.

There are several types of web hosting available:

  • Shared Hosting/Virtual Hosting
  • Dedicated Hosting
  • Root Server Hosting
  • Reseller Hosting

Advocates of web hosting really love shared hosting for its ease of use and how cheap it is.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing, however, connects clients to vendors through wireless or IP networks. Effectively, is is a type of computing that pools resources to help manage the applications. The vendors receive information and data through “the cloud” and store and maintain it in their own remote servers.

There are also several types of Cloud Computing types:

  • SaaS (Software as a Service)
  • Platform as a Service
  • Infrastructure as a Service

Since cloud computing can also support web hosting, any kind of traditional web hosting can be replaced by cloud computing services that also include web hosting. It has truly become an easily scale-able solution.

The one major difference between web hosting and cloud computing is the amount of clients per server.

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Traditional web hosting only serves one client per server which allows for more security and personalized assistance.

Cloud computing, on the other hand, typically serve more than one client per server. This allows more flexibility and better service for the clients as well as easier scale ups and downs for the providers.

 

Web hosting and cloud computing services both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Question is, what one is better for your business? It really comes down to your priorities. If you want to minimize operational expenses, you should probably looking into cloud computing solutions. If security is your number one focus due to the nature of the sensitive data, web hosting might be the one for you.

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