Cloud hosting is a term used to explain a computing concept that deals with a great number of computers connected through the internet. It is able to run a program at the same time on a number of computers. The function of cloud hosting is to share resources among the servers in the web to achieve coherence. The objects that are shared among the servers are memory, processing power and hard drives. Cloud hosting is also known as ‘clustered hosting’.
History of cloud hosting: The very concept of cloud hosting goes all the way back to the 1950s. In that period large scale mainframe computers were made available at different companies and organization. But these computers were expensive and a practice came into being that allowed many users to share the physical access to the computers. They were also able to share the CPU time. This saved a lot of valuable time and allowed for a good return on the investment. Douglas Parkhill in his 1966 book The Challenge of the Computer Utility has thoroughly explored about the modern day characteristics of cloud hosting. Many say that the root of the computer hosting dated back to the postulates written by scientist Herb Grosch in the 1950s. Till the 1990s the telecommunication companies offered point-to-point data circuits but after that they started offering VPN i.e. Virtual private network with a service of good quality and low cost.
They discovered that by switching traffic they were able to use the overall network bandwidth more effectively. To denote the demarcation point between the provider and user they started using the cloud symbol. As time went on computers became more prevalent scientist and technologists discovered new ways to extend the cloud. Amazon played an important role in cloud hosting which they did by modernizing their data centers.
The present scenario in the market: The major cloud hosting servers is the Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Windows Azure, Rackspace Open Stack and Google. Amazon is the oldest among all the providers in the cloud market but the other providers are not lagging far behind. In IaaS cloud computing the best till now is the Amazon web services and has one of the widest lengths of cloud services which include storage, compute, networking etc. Recently Google launched its IaaS cloud computing, the Google computer engine which is known to have better services than Amazon. Google has built a cloud without using traditional visualization for which Google needed fewer resources and is offering better performance than the other service provider. Some of the cloud solutions that are being mostly used nowadays are Amazon EC2, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon S3, FlexiScale, Elastic Server, Softlayer CloudLayer, Google App Engine and The Rackspace.
Today a person with a server and a device can access any file, data, video or pictures with the help of cloud hosting. It is supported with the tools needed to cope with a traffic onslaught and to withstand any traffic surge without any damage to the server. Cloud hosting services have made things easier for us; so instead of installing the software in every device we can easily use in the cloud using a web connection.
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