The user is able to provision the desired resources and relinquish them when they are no longer needed. The IaaS service is typically managed by a third-party provider who charges for the use of these resources. If you’ve never heard of cloud computing, don’t worry; there are many people out there in the world who have no clue what it entails either! And that’s because it’s such an expansive topic that it could take up an entire book just to cover all of its bases. But before we get into that, let’s briefly talk about what cloud computing really means, so you at least know where we’re coming from with this article.
So, what exactly is cloud computing? Cloud computing, in short, is the use of on-demand network resources. It’s something that we are already familiar with and have become so used to as consumers that we don’t even realize it anymore. For example, Netflix provides movies to users seamlessly and automatically over the internet in a matter of seconds. If you’ve ever downloaded an app for your smartphone in the past few years or even used Google Play, you’ve experienced cloud computing. And by now, you’ve probably used it on a regular basis. There are other things that are similar to cloud computing, but I want to focus on the one that we’re most familiar with at this point: web hosting.
Web hosting is what we do as web designers here at Stylebook, and it’s what we do every day as website owners. There are many different types of hosting packages out there (Virtual Private Servers, Cloud Providers, Dedicated Servers, etc.), but they all provide a service with the same underlying concept: you get access to resources in the cloud over the internet.
Basically, cloud hosting streams web page content to your computer or device. With web hosting, you get the same power, flexibility, and control that is usually associated with traditional on-premise servers. You can touch your website as often as you want (website owners can even log in every day to edit their blog posts and manage their site through our management panel). The thing is though, this type of hosting comes with a cost: operating expenses. You are paying an account manager who helps you take advantage of all the amazing features that our servers have to offer and also takes care of the upkeep and maintenance required for those features.
You are paying your web designer who will ensure that the design and content of your site are up to par, that images are resized properly, that code is clean enough and optimized for the best possible performance. And you’re paying for all of this because you still need to use your real estate in order to host your website. Also, it’s not just about our operating expenses; there are network costs as well since we have to be on-site with our servers to make sure everything is set up correctly for everyone who logs into them.
Let’s get back to what exactly cloud hosting means. You have access to all of these features over the internet so long as you pay the cost of these services each month. You will need to pay your account manager and web designer, but not only that: you will need to pay rent in order to buy the land that the servers are going to be on. You will also be paying for upgrades, new hardware when it’s time for an upgrade, and all of the additional costs associated with having a server on-site.
You have the same responsibilities as you would if you were setting up your own physical server. Now, let’s say you wanted to give away free hosting services. In order to do that, you would have to have a large number of servers in place and you would need to pay electricity bills for those servers, while also paying rent/lease for the land on which they are located. Would it still make sense to give away free hosting if it’s as expensive as paid hosting?
Essentially, cloud hosting is a huge boon for businesses like ours because it lets us reduce the amount of work we need to do in order to ensure that our clients get access to high-quality services. It takes care of maintenance and upkeep required, so we’re just there when needed. This allows us to focus more on business-to-business relationships and build more mature connections with our partners.
What’s more, cloud hosting is also great for customers because – on top of the fact that it removes upfront investment and allows them to scale as and when they want – it also lets them enjoy a great deal of flexibility. For example, if they’re not happy with their current provider, They can still transfer to another company without having to pay extra fees for that. I believe it is exactly what most businesses need in order to build a truly robust infrastructure and improve their processes.