What is a cloud server and how does it work?
A cloud server is a powerful virtual server (rather than a physical server) created using virtualization software. It is built, hosted and delivered through a cloud computing platform via the internet, and can be accessed remotely. The cloud servers also are known as virtual servers which have all the capabilities of an on-premises server.
What is the cloud?
Several servers connected to the internet that can be leased as part of a software or application service is referred to as cloud servers. Cloud-based services can include web hosting, data hosting, sharing, and software or application use.
‘The cloud’ can also be called cloud computing, where various servers are linked together to share the workload and to store a large volume of information. This means that instead of using a single server, complex processes can be distributed across multiple smaller computers through an online interface.
One of the benefits of cloud computing is that there are many parallel resources acting as one – called federated storage clouds. This makes the cloud servers very tolerant of faults, due to the arrangement of data. Cloud servers tend to reduce the creation of different versions of files, due to shared access to documents, files, and information.
What are the benefits of a cloud server?
There are several reasons to opt cloud server platform for business or other reasons, here we have provided a few compelling reasons such as:
- Cloud computing provides an array of computer options and a large amount of memory resources to handle the workload
- Easy to install and maintain. Cloud servers are fast and secure
- Cost-effective, you will get more resources and memory space
- You can access this cloud server anywhere and anytime
- Cloud server has the advantage of scalability, you can change your subscription according to your need
IaaS vs. DaaS vs. PaaS vs. SaaS – Different Cloud Server Models?
There are commonly divided into three different models such as:
Let’s discuss each one of them in brief:
Saas (Software As a Service) – In this cloud computing model cloud providers manage all the potential technical issues such as servers, storage, middleware and so. The client can use the software on any device through tools such as web browser, app etc. The service provider manages the software and hardware based on the service agreement and they will ensure the availability and security of the tools and data as well.
Example – Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail etc.
Advantages of SaaS
- You can save money only based on the level of usage
- Users can access most of the SaaS apps from their web browser without downloading or installing any software
- Easy to use. Use can use it on any device which is connected to the internet
- User can access their data when information is stored in the SaaS cloud
PaaS (Platform As a Service) – Here cloud providers deliver applications and tools, users can create and run the applications on the infrastructure provided by PaaS service provider. This cloud server model enables text editing, compiling, version management and offers computer and storage infrastructure.
Advantages of PaaS
- Very simple and convenient for end users, users can access anywhere through a web browser
- Less expensive, more storage space
- Higher developer productivity, remote working, high network bandwidth
- Real-time application usage visibility
IaaS (Infrastructure As a Service) – IaaS is a form of cloud computing provisioned and managed over the internet. The IaaS are self-service models for accessing, managing and monitoring remote data-center infrastructure.
Advantages of IaaS
- Easier, faster and more cost efficient
- Scalability and flexibility
- Great asset for any organization
Cloud Hosting Services
You can find several server rental companies, because it is worth renting servers than buying. Here you will get wide range of software configurations and applications.