Top 10 Cloud Computing Service Providers

Top 10 Cloud Computing Service Providers

Cloud Hosting – Advantages, Disadvantages And Offers

Cloud hosting has become the talk of the town and is becoming more and more popular.

What cloud hosting exactly is, what advantages and disadvantages it brings with it and what you should pay attention to, I will explain in the following.

I will also present the current offer.

Cloud Hosting

Normally you rent a part of a physical server (shared hosting) or a complete dedicated server (managed server or root server). It is the same for all variants that the own website is located on a concrete physical computer, which is located in the data center of the hosting provider.

However, the requirements for hosting large dynamic websites are constantly increasing. For example, individual servers quickly reach their limits due to different peak times, even if they are well configured and equipped.

If you have particularly high demands on reliability, performance and scalability, you can’t avoid cloud hosting today.

This means that you no longer rent a single server, but a virtual server that is flexible in terms of processors and memory. A large number of physical servers are connected to form a cloud and you can adjust the services provided automatically or on request.

In this way, there are hardly any upper limits to the performance and you are no longer dependent on the technical limitations of a server.

The biggest examples are certainly providers like Netflix and Co. that run on huge cloud hosting farms. Otherwise such offers would not be feasible.

Advantages

We have already mentioned the advantages briefly. Here again summarized:

  • Flexible service provision. Exactly the performance you need right now.
  • Data security is also increased, as these are located in the cloud and are no longer threatened by individual technical failures.
  • Cloud hosting offers very high availability because, as already mentioned, reliability is much higher.
  • Nevertheless, the overall costs are lower than if you would try to do it all with a normal server. You only pay for the required and used services.

The advantages are convincing. Large projects in particular, which must also have very high availability, benefit from cloud hosting.

Disadvantages

There are hardly any disadvantages due to cloud hosting. If you make use of cloud hosting, you should make sure that your own data is only stored in Europe or Germany. For data protection reasons, US cloud services should be avoided.

In addition, you yourself have more limited access to the configuration with cloud hosting. At least not to the extent that is the case with a classic root server.

Offers

More and more providers are providing cloud hosting, especially for larger projects. Inmotionhosting, for example, has been represented in this area for years with good reputation. Here you can flexibly switch between different performance levels and even automate it.

1&1* also offers Managed Cloud Hosting. You have the choice between different tariffs, which can be changed to the minute. In this way, you can react to high traffic volumes and the like. Liquidweb offers a similar offer.

Not to forget, of course, AWS from Amazon, which is now probably the largest cloud hoster in the world. But it lacks the support and comfort that “smaller” hosters can offer.

Cloud Hosting Is The Future?!

Cloud hosting is currently of particular interest to operators of large Internet offerings. If you have a large online shop or another highly frequented offer that is also subject to strong fluctuations in traffic, you should definitely take a look at the cloud hosting offers.

Cloud hosting is currently not so interesting for everyone else. However, I assume that in the coming years more and more normal hosting offers will migrate to the cloud. This solution offers many advantages for hosters and customers.

Top 10 Cloud Computing Services – What To Look Out For When Choosing A Provider For Your Company

This part of our article assumes that you are looking to deploy cloud-based solutions in your organization.

It therefore does not deal with the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing, but wants to be a guide on the way to the cloud and highlight the most important considerations.

Requirements And Legal Texts

Especially with online companies and web projects, it is often difficult to distinguish and structure different task areas and activities. Therefore, a careful analysis of your company is always necessary in order to determine the optimal area of application for cloud computing.

Involve your employees actively in the process, as they are often most familiar with the weak points of software and hardware.

Too many entrepreneurs are rushing to avoidably advantageous cloud services without having investigated their compatibility with their own business model.

Don’t let yourself be blinded by the generally more cost-effective and scalable features of cloud services. The main focus should be on the functionality and scope of performance of the product. If you compromise here, you may lose features that are crucial to your business and jeopardize the future of your project.

If, for example, GPS-supported data are necessary for the efficiency of your logistics, then a cloud solution that does not have this feature (although cheaper) would not be an alternative to existing software.

In case of doubt, it is also worth contacting employees and customers to become aware of your own needs. The proven priority list, which illustrates the importance of the functions by a number of asterisks (e.g. 5 asterisks = absolute must, 1 asterisk = dispensable), can also help.

The implementation process of Cloud Computing is complicated by a multitude of requirements and data protection guidelines. At the latest when your company comes into contact with security-sensitive data (e.g. health findings), many doors close. In such cases, the outsourcing of data to a US cloud, for example, is forbidden because the Patriot Act would be applied here.

The issue of data protection is certainly one of the main concerns that is still hampering the large-scale adoption of cloud computing, especially in Germany. In addition, the legal situation is still very volatile, which makes it necessary to study specialist articles regularly even after implementation.

As a general rule, those who successfully struggle their way through legal texts at the beginning, seek legal advice in cases of ambiguity and regularly update themselves on the latest developments will considerably minimize the risk later on.

Precautions

Depending on the extent to which you want to use cloud computing in your company, you should consider a list of your existing IT systems. If you only want to switch from software to cloud-based SaaS applications, you can usually save yourself this step.

So let’s say you want to outsource most of your IT infrastructure to the cloud. This would be the case, for example, with a complete move from in-house servers to cloud hosting. In this scenario, the majority of your existing IT systems would become redundant. It’s a good idea to make cost-specific and technical predictions to determine which elements can be safely detached during the transition. Base your analysis on conservative estimates to give the security aspect as much leeway as possible.

Many cloud providers allow their customers to use their products for testing purposes. This allows you to gain an impression of the functionality and performance of these cloud systems. But monitoring is also appropriate in continuous operation. Monitor your cloud system and check it regularly for latency, redundancy and availability.

Finding The Right Cloud Provider Among The Top 10 Services

Now we come to the last branch on the way to the cloud – the choice of the right provider.

Useful contact points when searching for a cloud provider are, for example, the provider directory www.clouds.de, trade journals or the proven Google search.

Ultimately, you will end up on the websites of the providers in question in one way or another. Here you have to look for information about the following, among other things:

  • Functions and availability
  • Prices
  • SLAs (Service Level Agreements) / Data Protection

comparisonThe first step is to check whether the functionality of the cloud service meets the previously defined requirements. If this is not the case, it should be considered to what extent this can be overcome (keyword priority list).

Another factor is the specified availability of the service, which is normally specified according to the XX.X% scheme and can also be a knockout criterion.

Depending on the segment, the pricing policy differs in the data cloud. With public clouds, SaaS and cloud storage (i.e. services such as Amazon Webservices, Dropbox and Salesforce), the user is billed according to the pay-per-use principle only for the amount of data he actually uses.

It gets more complicated with on-premise solutions such as private clouds and hybrid clouds.

For simplicity’s sake, we assume that you have opted for a typical public cloud solution. Last but not least, SaaS, cloud storage and public clouds are among the most common cloud applications chosen by Internet entrepreneurs.

With SaaS offerings like Salesforce, prices often vary for different versions of the product depending on the feature set, number of users, data capacity, or a combination of these limitations.

Far too little attention is often paid to the SLAs (Service Level Agreements) directly associated with data protection. These are legally binding contracts and determine the service to be provided by the cloud provider as well as billing modalities. SLAs contain the most detailed information about the cloud service.

The server location of the cloud provider is particularly important. If it is located in Germany, only German/European law applies and protection against the US-American Patriot Act is guaranteed.

Due to their importance (SLAs also regulate who has access to the data and the rights to them), the exact study of SLAs is indispensable. If you are unclear, it is advisable to contact a Cloud Consultant and/or a lawyer.

If you agree with the provider’s details, nothing stands in the way of a contractual agreement.

Bottom Line

The path to the cloud is usually easier than implementing traditional software and hardware. Nevertheless, the use of cloud computing needs to be well planned in order to find the right provider at the end of the day.

Take your time and examine the cloud providers in detail. If you invest enough time in the planning phase, you will have a better chance of benefiting from the numerous advantages of cloud computing in the long term.