What Is Hybrid Cloud Hosting

by Ed Tsunoda on May 4, 2014

So if you haven’t upgraded your web hosting in awhile, or you’re making your first foray into the world of hosting beyond your $3.95 unlimited everything account you’ll see that you can’t peruse web hosting offerings without seeing keywords like “cloud” and “hybrid” and they’re used so interchangeably and in so many ways and instances that it’s impossible to know what the heck they mean, or if it’s relevant to you.

The basics are that in general all of the above work on the same kind of principle. That instead of just having a dedicated or shared web server with a fixed CPU and amount of RAM, that you instead build a “cluster” of networked computers that share resources to create a single or shared virtual server.

And, that terminology is scary if you haven’t stayed up on your hosting tech in the last couple of years, because shared used to only mean one web server shared by many users.

Cloud technology is one user, many computers.

Hybrid is any combination of Cloud technologies and non-Cloud servers to achieve the same principles with varying degrees of stability and flexibility and price.

One cloud virtualization of a super-web server often gets split up into multiple customers web hosting solutions. But the principle is that there is redundancy and flexible amounts of CPU cores and RAM GBs so that even if in short periods of high web traffic you need twice or three times as many CPUs and RAM, your virtual server space can instantly grow to accommodate that spike on the fly. No more cringing when something you do actually works and your traffic surges.

That doesn’t mean that there aren’t still good applications for running your own dedicated box. However, there is an entire slice of the web hosting marketplace that falls in between shared mass hosting and dedicated servers that is seasonal or spiky or doesn’t need the email/privacy security level of dedicated, etc., etc., that Cloud and Hybrid hosting provides a great solution for. If you’re not ready to be the server administrator on your own box, or you only need a big server 28 days a year, or you’ve out grown your GoDaddy account but you’re not ready to run your own box, Cloud and Hybrid web hosting are a great option at the best price point.

Even if you’re running your own box or boxes, hybrid solutions offer the same kind of flexibility with out sacrificing the stability.

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