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Data Hosting - The Next Step After App Development

A Beginner’s Guide to Choose a Better Data Hosting Service

February 05, 2016
CIT Admin

Have you ever think, after completing mobile app development process what will be the next step! The next step will be the hosting. Hosting is the business of housing, serving and maintaining for one or more web sites/applications. There are many kinds of hosting available such as managed hosting, dedicated hosting, cloud hosting, shared hosting and Colocation Hosting. But, nowadays people preferred a cloud hosting more, as compared to others. Let’s get the deep detail about the cloud hosting.

What is Cloud hosting?

Cloud hosting is the hottest trend in the hosting market and origins from cloud computing that allow an unlimited number of machines to act as one system. Other hosting solutions depend on one machine only, while cloud hosting security is guaranteed by many servers.

Types of Cloud Services

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure as a service provides companies with computing resources including servers, storage, networking and data center space on a pay-per-use basis. The users do not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure but remains responsible for managing the OS and applications. IaaS removes the need to buy, house and maintain the physical servers and can provide the ability for an organisation to respond quickly to changing demand. Some examples of the more popular IaaS providers are: Amazon EC2 (elastic cloud compute), Google Compute Engine, Rackspace.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

Platform as a service provides a cloud-based environment with everything required to support the complete lifecycle of building and delivering web-based (cloud) applications—without the complexity and cost of buying and managing the underlying software. Hardware, provisioning and hosting. Some of the more well known PaaS providers are: Amazon Web Service (AWS) Elastic Beanstalk (now in beta), IBM SmartCloud, Cloud Foundry.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

Software as a service provides cloud-based applications or data that can be run on distant computers in the cloud that are owned and operated by others and that connect to users’ computers via the Internet and, usually, a web browser. Few examples of SaaS providers are Salesforce.com, Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365.

Reasons: Why developer should host their mobile app in the cloud

Cost Reduction: App hosting in the cloud assists developers to get rid of buying and maintaining costly hardware. The cloud also increases operational efficiency as time necessary to upgrading hardware can be given to other important tasks like developing or improving mobile apps. In a way, developers can realize savings.

Compatibility: Using the own server for mobile apps may present users with compatibility issues. Rather than focusing on differences in operating systems, cloud hosting allows users to take advantage of its interoperability.

Speed: Cloud hosting enables users to quickly and easily upgrade their subscription for getting the faster speed and increase the storage capabilities, whereas upgrading a physical server to increase computing and networking speed takes significantly more time as well as money.

Testing: Purchasing and installing a physical server does not allow a trial for period of time to ensure that it meets developer’s needs. On the other hand, the cloud can easily be tried out on a trial basis.

Security: Hosting data in the cloud means that there are multiple copies of that information, so hardware crashes or accidental erasures are not an issue. And sophisticated security measures are used as well, to ensure that only the users allowed by the developer can access app’s data.

Future of Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting has come a long way, and have several users for years together, but for the small business owners to be able to look at it, pricing will have to come down further. The pricing is continuously decreasing over last 4-5 years, and users have already learned how to take the advantages of cloud hosting, which is compelling the mid-size firms to make a move to the cloud arena and one day everybody would be in the cloud.

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