Cloud Hosting Services & Solutions

What are the best cloud hosting services? Is your deciding factor cost? Up-time? Support? We look at what cloud computing services and cloud solutions are, as well as popular cloud hosting solutions and services, and you can make the call.

Enterprise & Small Business in the Cloud

Can your small business benefit from turning to cloud-based web applications? What about your website and resources, including cloud storage and computing services? We examine small business needs and walk you through use-cases; while also looking at apps in the cloud.

Private Cloud, Personal Cloud

As an IT professional for a corporate network, is a private cloud a financial obligation you should make? As a home-owner, should your family use a personal cloud for family cloud storage needs? We'll cover infrastructures and solutions for corporate and home needs.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing isn't just the newest buzzword racing around the internet. Cloud computing is the next evolution of using the internet and personal networks to utilize resources in the most cost-effective method possible.

What is "the cloud"?

Basically, the cloud is a representation of a resource area in any network (business, personal or the internet), that users can reduce 'home' resources for a centralized entity. The cloud, for our definition, is a central hub in which we can run applications, store media, create archival and storage cases and can even share those resources.

What are costs involved in using a cloud computing service?

Most of the time, your costs for running a server for storage or web hosting will drop by turning to a cloud computing service. With "the cloud", your costs are calculated based on resources being used. As as example, think of a loaf of bread. This particular loaf costs $1.00, and has ten pieces (or $0.10 a piece of bread). In a normal web server, if we would need 14 pieces of bread, we would be charged for two full loaves of bread. But with a cloud computing solution, you would only pay for those 14 pieces of bread. Pretty simple, right?

What are some types of cloud services?

The best cloud computing services combine quality, speed, up-time, costs and their levels of load-balancing and resource management tools. Cloud computing solutions can be for web hosting, calculations, load balancing efforts, big data, storage and more. Let's check out a few to get an idea of some various cloud computing service types.

Cloud Hosting Solutions

The first type of cloud service is cloud hosting solutions. These are servers that utilize cloud computing architecture, as well as resource tracking for payments. Some smaller web hosts use servers "in the cloud" to balance out customer growth. Previous to the cloud and cloud hosting solutions, an influx in user accounts would mean buying a new server for only a few users; costs escalate and profit seep from the bottom line.

Cloud Storage Services

Cloud storage services seem to be everywhere right now. The idea is fairly simple...your amount of storage grows as needed into infinite amounts, and can be accessed by anyone, anywhere, using any device. This can be an interesting solutions for personal and business people, as it relies on no particular workstation, PC nor device. Also, these cloud storage services can allow you to share these files and media publicly, privately or archive it for years to come.

Web Applications in the Cloud

SaaS (software as a service) has been a buzzword for years on the internet. The idea is to remove an application from device, and make it available from any device, as it would be housed and ran in a central location. With the cloud, resources like storage, memory, user counts, etc., can all grow freely as a user-base grows. For media-heavy web applications, the cloud can automatically expand or contract as need; something that regular servers and networks just cannot do. This can open up doors for bring your own device (BYOD) discussions concerning cloud tablets, next-gen devices and more.

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How can cloud computing help my small business?

Most small business can benefit from cloud computing services by moving applications to a centralized place, as well as create methods and solutions for centralized storage. This can save money by eliminating business servers, uniting collaborators for projects and even removing the need to have small business "physical" workstations and work computers.

The other interesting aspect of using the cloud in small business involves your IT staff and any infrastructure. Whether your IT department is a couple of computers or a full dozen or more staffed team, with the cloud, your infrastructure and server technology is effectively outsourced, meaning it's one less worry, and one less expense, for you and your business.

One of the most notable factors for small businesses to use the cloud is financial. Businesses that use the cloud will pay for what they use, and will use what they pay for. With server technology this means that if a month of expansion occurs, you will only pay for resources you use. And if the next month sees a decrease in your resources used, you pay less. In apps in the cloud, it's the same way. User counts, resources consumed and features all occur as an 'as needed' payment option. This makes the cloud the best friend of your bottom line.

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Security using the cloud

Cloud computing security is a growing segment of cloud computing, as it covers the cloud infrastructure, process, public interactions and more. It refers to a broad set of policies, technologies and controls deployed to protect those systems and processes in cloud computing services.

There are a number of issues associated with cloud computing, and they fall into two separate categories; which are cloud provider security and security issues faced by those provider's customers. In most cases, security issues fall onto organizations to make sure that their infrastructure is secure and that a user's information and actions are secure during those transactions and storage.

Cloud security can be grouped into any number of dimensions, however, we can aggregate them into three separate categories. Security and Privacy concerns the most core of what we believe to be security and privacy on a server, including transaction security, legal issues and application security. Compliances are set by cloud hosting services concerning special regulations concerning storage of data and it's uses, including HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) and more. Legal and Contractual Issues can be liability, end-of-services actions (what happens to your account and data when you stop using the cloud service) and intellectual properties that you control.