The cooperate world is quickly gaining interest in obtaining cloud hosting. Cloud computing is websites that are operating on multiple connected servers instead of a single server. This allows the user and cooperation to add servers to scale up. Cloud computing manager Drayke Thomson believes “it could drive shared web hosts out of business.”
Cloud hosting does have its benefits including hardware updates and cost efficiency. No longer would their be the issue of migrating your website from a shared server to a dedicate one. There also would never be the fear of the sever crashing. Thomson believes over the next five years we will find shared hosting becoming obsolete. What really needs to be considered is an environment where both cloud hosting and shared affordable hosting can co-exist with each other.
Affordable hosting that is shared has its own advantages including knowing exactly where your information is being hosted. You also have the security of knowing your data is safe. Technology has made it possible though that cloud computing is a safe way to store data.
Cloud computing has many positive benefits when it comes to price as it only charges the users for the amount of server power they actually use. This use is similar to that of water or electricity where it is a pay per use type of service. You no longer need to reserve huge amounts of server space to avoid a crash. Companies with rapidly increasing IT needs love the cloud service as it allows the service to grow along with the business. It is important to keep in mind though that a general user will know exactly how much hosting you will need so shared hosting may still be a lower cost option for those customers.
Most shared hosting users user between 500MB and 3GB of bandwidth over the course of one month. The hosting companies are aware of their clients use and can easily provide their shared users with enough bandwidth. These users would not gain much benefit to switching to cloud computing.
Thomson may be taking on a problem that really is not in existence. Cloud computing may bring too much complexity to a world that is fine with affordable hosting. Although cloud computing has it advantages overall it is not a type of hosting that is necessary for shared users. It is highly unlikely that it will be adopted by shared users en masse anytime soon.