Pros and Cons of Cloud Hosting
1. Easy and Prompt Scalability
Notably, Cloud hosting provides you with an entire network of servers that make it easy to tap into more resources when the need arises. For example, you can easily increase the bandwidth when traffic increases, multiple clients place purchase requests, or many clients run downloads concurrently.
Cloud hosting services have intuitive website management user interfaces to help you follow your website performance. Therefore, when you note the demand for resources is high or low, it is easy to adjust the server resources without first seeking approval of the provider. However, up-scaling could attract additional charges depending on your hosting provider.
2. High Uptime Rates
If you are using conventional servers such as VPS, the uptime is dependent on the physical server environment. Indeed, the downtime can be very high if the servers get damaged, unless you are using a content data network (CDN) that distributes your site content to different servers.
Cloud hosting guarantees high uptime of close to 100% because of full-time availability of servers. If one server fails, your website will immediately switch to others on the network to avoid going offline.
3. Better Site Performance
Most cloud servers offer blazing fast website speeds. In addition to allowing you to effortlessly increase the website capacity, you also get better load balancing between different server environments. Load balancing helps to reduce strain on a specific servers resources, and guarantees you faster download speeds and rendering.
It is important to note that the nature of servers used for cloud hosting will also determine the speed and overall performance of your website. Therefore, make sure to go for a cloud hosting provider with low-density servers, premium layers, and multiple-caching layers.
4.Redundant Server System
With VPS hosting, an issue that damages the servers can make your site go offline until the problem is fixed. If you select cloud hosting, your website will not get offline if one of the servers on the network is damaged. Cloud hosting stores the latest versions of your website, and loads them immediately if a problem is noted with the rendering servers.
The main con of using cloud hosting is that you have limited control. Because cloud hosting infrastructure and operations are managed by providers, you will only be given very limited control to things like applications, data, and services, as opposed to the back-end infrastructure.
Key tasks like shell access (remote command line access to server) and firmware management (functionality that allows a server admin to view firmware details and add firmware images to the database) are not passed to you in cloud hosting. However, this trend is expected to change in the future as more cloud hosting services enter the market and intensify competition. Some of the top providers today include Linode, Amazon Web Services (AWS), A2 Hosting, and DreamHost.