Cloud Hosting: The Basics
Take a look at the different levels of cloud hosting and how each level of service provided in the cloud compares to building floors.
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Cloud hosting is the technological basis of cloud computing. This includes all infrastructure components such as network, storage, and server as well as the administrative services of a hosting provider. The following article will tell you how your organization benefits from the technical and organizational aspects of cloud hosting.
Cloud Hosting: Mezzanine in Cloud Computing
Like all high-performance IT systems, cloud architectures are based on a modular layer model. At the same time, the structure of the successive functional levels of the sequence of floors resembles a generous residential building.
The Economic Space of Cloud Buildings
The basement has its place in the basement. Here, technical devices and a comprehensive line system provide the necessary operating resources.
In the similarly-structured cloud building, the infrastructure services are located at the basic level (IaaS). They provide computing power, storage capacity, and network infrastructure and security technology.
Facility Management for Cloud Solutions
Experienced facility managers monitor the technical equipment from their offices on the ground floor. They renew, maintain, and expand the supply systems. In addition, you document the consumption of resources and keep an eye on the comings and goings in the building. Their job is to ensure the safety of the residents and to prevent unauthorized access.
In a cloud architecture, competent hosting service providers deal with the administrative tasks. They survey the infrastructure, control the services available, and perform configuration and system modifications. With individual agreements, hosting providers provide their customers with the tailor-made availability of booked services. In addition, they offer demand-based billing systems that are based on the resources and services effectively used.
Large Workspaces at The Heart of The Cloud Architecture
In the middle of a multi-story building architecture is the main floor. Here, generous space is available for the development of everyday life and work.
In multi-layered structure, cloud-based environments bring the platform services (PaaS) under. These development and deployment tools, as well as database management and data mining tools, build on infrastructure components such as network, servers, and storage. In their role as middleware, the services form the basis for the publication and control of arbitrarily complex applications.
Highly-Specialized Components at The Highest Cloud Level
At the highest building level, individual rooms are reserved for special tasks.
On-demand applications (Software-as-a-Service, or SaaS) populate the highest floor of cloud architecture in large numbers. The software services are used as tools in everyday working life. For example, services such as e-mail, calendars, and office tools provide cloud-based support for common office routines.
Cloud Hosting: Technological and Organizational Benefits
With the use of cloud services, you will become a tenant in the multi-story cloud building in a figurative sense. If you only use cloud hosting, your workspace is at the cloud base — in a kind of mezzanine floor directly above the infrastructure components. In this area, you can enjoy professional hosting services. However, there is no direct connection between platform and software services. The ascent to the higher levels of cloud computing is always open to you.
Compared to different forms of dedicated system services, cloud hosting offers a variety of technological and organizational benefits.
Usage Scenarios for Cloud Hosting
Cloud hosting is the means of choice in a variety of application situations and is particularly suitable as:
- The robust operating environment for websites,
- The flexible basis for test and development tasks,
- Comprehensive infrastructure environment for deploying web apps,
- Powerful platform for storing, backing up and restoring data,
- Flexible performance reservoir for running resource-intensive processes.
The strengths of cloud hosting come to the fore under the supervision of an experienced hosting provider. With a well-equipped infrastructure, recognized security concepts and customer-oriented billing models, competent service providers offer ideal conditions for fully exploiting the potential of the cloud.
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