Cloud services are more and more popular. It is not surprising: cloud hosting brings benefits for all companies – from small startups to big enterprises. The companies which have decided to invest in cloud hosting can reduce time-to-market, use their data anytime and anywhere, be ready for an increase in traffic, and automate the existing IT infrastructure. But what exactly cloud hosting is?

Types of cloud hosting

Cloud hosting is an infrastructure which moves data from a single physical server to numerous virtual servers. This solution ensures scalability and flexibility impossible to achieve with on-premise platforms. Moreover, applications and websites on the cloud are more available and can be used from any device with the Internet connection.

 

There are 3 main types of cloud hosting:

 

  • Public cloud – a cloud provider ensures storage and resources via the Internet. It is a reliable, scalable, and inexpensive option, however, not considered as the most secure (not recommended for sensitive data).
  • Private cloud – a cloud provider ensures a secure cloud environment with resources and storage dedicated to a single company. This solution is secure, ensures quality, and can be tailored to the company’s needs. However, it is more expensive than a public cloud and requires IT expertise.
  • Hybrid cloud – a combination of public and private cloud. For example, the company can use a private cloud for sensitive data and a public one for data that is not confidential.