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How Does Cloud Hosting Differentiate from Shared Hosting?

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How Does Cloud Hosting Differentiate from Shared Hosting?

Expansion and scaling, or cost efficiency and a tight network? These are but two considerations to understand in the difference between cloud and shared hosting.

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Many of us have heard about Cloud and Shared Hosting and some of us are confused, believing that they refer to the same thing. But it is not actually so; there is much difference between Cloud Hosting and Shared Hosting.

What Is Cloud Hosting?

Cloud hosting is all about a system which is said to be infinitely scalable as it provides an access to an infinite number of machines so as to enable all those machines to perform as one system.

Multiple physical servers are combined with each other to develop and run a website or application as a single machine. There are various benefits of cloud hosting, some of which are similar to those of cloud computing, like improvisation in the reliability, better performance, on-demand scalability, and redundancy.

These features are apt for all those websites which are developed with the purpose of attracting new customers easily with the help of new product launch or success of some viral video. This is possible only for cloud hosting.

Website crashes are unlikely with cloud hosting as it has got the capacity of gathering the website’s resources, which are automatically scaled up so as to meet all the demands. If your website is hosted on various servers and not just on one, then the failure of one server will never affect the working of another server. One server supports the other one; if somehow servers fail, then additional servers are utilized.

Now Let's Talk About Shared Hosting

Shared Hosting, as the name states, is all about web hosting solution. It undergoes a process where some amount of physical server hardware is given to each customer so as to help them run and operate their website or application.

Shared Hosting does not cost much as it involves various customers on a single web server which leads to lower costs. Shared hosting manages to complete a project online at low cost, but it not without its disadvantages, too. As several customers are sharing one set of physical hardware, there are times when users might not get the required amount of server performance.

This can become a major issue, especially for those sites & applications which have fewer requirements and are facing a low number of visitors on their site. Shared hosting is not found to be suitable for intensive applications. The major reason being is the bifurcation of the full power of the hardware in various directions at one point in time.

To make up your mind, you should understand certain aspects precisely. Cloud hosting is more appropriate for Organizations which place priority on the reliability and scalability of their websites. On the other hand, for the website where the traffic on the site is not great and cannot even be predicted, or when there is not much focus on selling products online, then shared hosting will turn out to be beneficial and effective.

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