18 Feb

Co-location or Dedicated, What is Right For You?


Modern businesses and organizations are no longer confined to the ‘brick and mortar’ form of running operations. Instead, they have taken their businesses, processes, systems and operations online and are heavily relying on the internet to enhance their competitive edge, attract and retain their customers and increase their market share. Development and maintenance of quality, accessible, reliable and efficient websites is one way of achieving this. Web hosting is an essential element that your website requires in order to provide productive and pleasant experiences to your website visitors.

There are different types of web hosting services, each offering varied connectivity and administrative services that cater for particular types of users. You may have heard so much about shared hosting and cloud hosting since they are the most discussed and used types of web hosting. It is important for you to know more about other types of web hosting, which includes colocation and dedicated web hosting so that you can decide what is right for you.

Deciding between Colocation and Dedicated Web Hosting

Colocation web hosting is a form of web hosting, which permits you to position your server in another person’s data center. The advantages of using another person’s data center are that they pay and provide power that your server uses, they offer internet connectivity and you have the advantage of a dedicated IP address. Be it as it may, you are still responsible for maintaining the server. Colocation web hosting is suitable for your business if you require the features and the advantages of a large-scale IT unit without incurring the huge costs of powering and maintaining safe environment for your server. Nevertheless, you may opt for other types of web hosting if the costs of maintaining the server in colocation hosting are too high for you, when you have more and multifaceted hosting needs and when you cannot find a suitable and proximate colocation provider.

With dedicated web hosting on the other hand, you have an opportunity to lease a complete server from a web hosting provider for your website and you do not share the server. The main difference between colocation and dedicated web hosting is that in the latter, the provider owns the server and you only have the control of it. The advantage of dedicated web hosting is that the cost of buying server hardware, server maintenance and software installation is borne by the provider who owns the server. Dedicated web hosting is right for you if your business offer mission-critical ecommerce, which has high speed needs and involves significant transfer of data. Understanding what colocation and dedicated hosting entails is the first step to establishing what type of web hosting is right for you.


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07 Feb

What Distinguishes Cloud Hosting from Shared Hosting?


The 21st century has witnessed the greatest shift in terms of production, lifestyle and more importantly, in how organizations and businesses transact their businesses and how they search, store and retrieve information. Information as a resource has been so essential for the success of modern organizations such that these organizations are investing millions of dollars in efforts to keep their information safe while making it easy to access and use. It is in the background of this that organizations are presently investing in web hosting. There are varied types of web hosting and among them is shared hosting and cloud hosting. So, you may be asking, what distinguishes cloud hosting from shared hosting?

Differences between Cloud Hosting and Shared Hosting

Shared hosting, which is the most commonly used form of web hosting allows multiple web sites to operate by utilizing one dedicated server. The element of sharing makes shared hosting more affordable compared to other types of web hosting. Although various websites share one server, the accessibility of each website is tightly regulated and therefore, security of the sites is assured. Nevertheless, the security flaws and vulnerabilities of websites compromise the security of other websites sharing the same server.

One aspect of shared hosting is that users are limited to a fixed quantity of physical space, which more often than not, generates capacity challenges, rampant downtimes and reduced performance. It is this aspect that mainly distinguishes shared hosting from cloud hosting. Cloud hosting is similar to shared hosting only that it has virtualized infrastructure that has enhanced scalability, which allows you to easily and effectively increase or reduce memory and even swap hard drives without the risk of interfering with the operations of the site and without data loss.

Shared hosting is most beneficial for your business if you are just starting out and when you may not have sufficient financial resources to run your own server. However, you may find that shared hosting is not enough and seek out other types of web hosting such as cloud hosting that are guaranteed to offer you increased reliability, enhanced scalability, better security and infinite performance. Your ultimate choice of the type of web hosting to use for your business will be determined by your needs and expectations in regards to web hosting.

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