Traditional Hosting vs Cloud Hosting in 2017.

Traditional Hosting vs Cloud Hosting

Traditional Hosting vs Cloud Hosting

Recently we have seen a change in Website hosting from what some consider as traditional hosting vs the more recent hosting enviroment called “The Cloud”.

The question is, “is there advantages to be had by choosing one over the other?” In my opinion yes.

Traditional Hosting vs Cloud Hosting

Traditional hosting as found on Heart Internet, FastHosts and the likes, use spinning drives.  Spinning hard drives (HDD) date back to the mid 1950’s and visually work very similarly to a vinyl record player, the disk spins and the arm moves to find the information. Fair enough, the speeds are totally different, records spin somewhere between 33 and 78 rpm, HDD drives can spin up to 7200 per minute, but the theory is the same.

New Cloud Hosting tends to run entirely on Solid State Drives or SSD’s. A solid state drive delivers information so much quicker than an HDD, there are theories that indicate that on an HDD it would take at least 10 times as long, but whoever you believe, there is no doubt that SSD’s deliver information much faster and so will deliver your website to your visitors much faster, making the user experience for your visitor that much better.

Why don’t all companies just upgrade their server farms?

There is an immense cost in hard currency, not to mention man hours in upgrading an existing network from HDD to SSD, so it is probably best to go with a hosting Platform that was build for the ground up using SSD’s, like Affinity has been

There are different types of hosting to be bought, Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, Managed Hosting, but where a website was hosted on a shared server, (slow and spinning drives), that server had limited resources, the size of the space on ithe hard disk, so it stands to reason if one site was busy and greedily using those limited resources, all other sites on that server where slowed down.

Not so with “The Affinity Cloud”, with the development of the SSD and the update in connectivity, true cloud hosting is AutoScaling, this means that if one site is busy, the platform can use other space and resouces across the whole platform not just withing the individual server.

Wikipedia explains is as this.

“Autoscaling, is a method used in cloud computing, whereby the amount of resources scales across the amount of servers based on the load on the resources, which builds upon and is closely related to the idea of load balancing.

Below is a graphic that visually explains what increase in site deliverability you could be getting with a switch to Biteproof.


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