All companies seek to serve their hosting needs efficiently. However, there is still confusion between hosting providers and the cloud and doubts arise when choosing a server that stores your data.
Which is better? Which one is the best? Not sure which one to choose?
In this article I will explain the main characteristics and differences between hosting and the cloud, as well as the pros and cons so that you can choose the one that best suits you:
Hosting is an online service that allows you to publish a website or web application on the Internet. When you sign up for a hosting service, you basically rent a space on a server where you can store all the files and data necessary for your website to function properly.
Now, when we talk about a hosting provider, we refer to a company that has a certain amount of space on the servers, to be able to rent them to its users. In this case, the hosting provider is responsible for keeping the server running and protecting it and transferring all of your content.
When you publish anything on the internet, it is not that the file is saved in some imaginary place, but that it is saved on servers.
Many are the advantages that a hosting provider offers, most of them related to the service and facilities. These are:
-Software installation: A provider gives you the facility to install, for example, WordPress or Drupal with a single click and the possibility of hosting e-commerce including the respective maintenance of the space.
-Allows the purchase of web domain names.
-SSL Certificate: Includes this certificate that guarantees the security of a site.
-Control panel: Includes a panel for website administrators with various options.
-Customer service: Their service is 24/7, they provide technical support with any problem or request either through chat, email or phone call.
-Backup of all your information: They generate backup copies of your web property in the databases automatically.
As it is basically a contract service with an external party, there are some limitations in terms of the functions that a hosting provider allows to perform. Also, the issue of cost is something important. The main limitations are:
-Fixed payment: The service works through a regular payment that is renewed if you want to keep the server working correctly.
- Library installation: for example install a PHP library or use trigers in mysql-Subdomains and hosted domains.
-Languages and types of servers available: Your offer of these two fields is more limited compared to the cloud
-No server control: In the end, you are using space on an external server, so the freedom is not the same as if the server were your own.
The cloud is a computing model roasted in sharing resources, which does not require local servers to deal with the data. These cloud providers offer virtual storage space, which you fill as you use it. With this server, all the information stored is in the cloud, in a virtual infrastructure.
-You pay for what you really use: This system detects the amount of storage you use, and you are charged based on it, allowing you to reduce costs as well as saving companies from investing in expensive technological infrastructure.
-Data recovery: The load is balanced, if an individual server goes down, there is no loss of information or downtime, the system continues to work with the copy.
-Elasticity: storage capacity can be increased easily
-Security control: Files are encrypted and protected, with intelligent and scalable security
-Safe exchange: It is not necessary to make a copy of the files or send a memory of them to be able to share it with someone. Giving you access is shared in a safe and controlled way.
-Access with credentials: The fact that it is possible to access from any point with the credentials gives rise to accessing the cloud and stealing information by people in the environment.
-It is difficult to estimate the costs: For the aforementioned that you are charged based on what you use, it is impossible to determine an exact budget of how much you will end up paying, and this can go for better or for worse. The first few months you will probably have to be testing what range you are in and then implement it in future planning and estimates.
-Root access is not always provided.
Whatever your company, having the certainty of having a service that meets all your needs is vital. There is no one that is better than the other, the important thing is that you determine which one is better for you.
If you have a very busy website, I definitely recommend hiring the cloud, as it has more elasticity and in case of any problem, your traffic is automatically routed to another server in the cluster. But on the contrary, if you prefer a provider that attends you and is aware, in addition to offering you the possibility of managing and implementing new facilities and services quickly, I recommend hosting.