5 Things to Know About Cloud Hosting

5 Things to Know About Cloud Hosting

just cloud 5 Things to Know About Cloud HostingHave you ever wondered why some words are called “buzz words?” It's mostly because those words are used so much that they create a buzz. Buzz words happen when topics are extremely popular. Kind of like the term: cloud hosting. Every hosting company today claims to offer something that's related to the cloud, but few companies actually offer legitimate cloud hosting.

So, how can you tell when you're getting cloud and when you're getting hoodwinked? Here are five things to look for in a cloud hosting provider.

1. There's no physical storage : Did that hosting provider promise you cloud options with physical storage? That's a zero in my book! Look for a new provider!

2. Pay-per-use options : Most cloud providers offer you a pay-per-use option. This means that you pay for what you use. That's the beauty of the cloud, friends.

3. Clearly defined expectations : What are you going to get out of your cloud package? The bit tip-off that a cloud company isn't so white and fluffy is when that company can't explain services to you at all.

4. On-demand options : The really great thing about the cloud is that you can have access to a number of options on-demand. That means that you don't really have to wait around to set things up or change things.

5. No investment in actual servers : Cloud options are shared options without any real investment in a server. Again, this goes back to the whole ‘not physical' thing.

5 Things to Know About Cloud Hosting: Some Possible Cloud Drawbacks

It's hard to imagine that the cloud could have some drawbacks, since cloud hosting companies are so popular these days, isn't it? But, the truth is that most cloud companies do come with some things to watch out for.

The number one concern of most small businesses is that cloud options may be too expensive. This can be true if the one year rule applies. What is the one year rule?

Most cloud companies offer a minimum 1-year cloud contract. The price of going to the cloud may not be justified if you aren't generating any revenue. If you can find a really good pay-as-you-go option, this price can be worth it – if not, that one year contract may hurt a bit.

Another important note: make sure that you own your own data. Sometimes, this isn't the case.

5 Things to Know About Cloud Hosting: The Good Stuff

Of course, there are a number of great things about the cloud. In most cases, the cloud is a less expensive option. There's also the accessibility factor to think about. The cloud is far more accessible than most other hosting options due to that on-demand attitude. When it comes to hosting, you want what's on-demand.

Plus, the cloud is a lot easier to use when it comes to transferring files – just be sure that files you want to transfer belong to you. As you can see, there are benefits and drawbacks to going to the cloud. But, first, make sure that cloud option is actually cloud-based – you'd be surprised at how many cloud companies are securely planted on the ground!

Latest News And Engine Review Google App

appengine-logo Google App EngineGoogle has revolutionized digital technology with Google App Engine, which is part of the Google Cloud platform. App Engine allows developers to create scalable and robust web applications, game applications, and mobile applications with little to no cost.

Benefits of Using Google App Engine

  • Google App Engine is a ‘Platform as a Service (PaaS).’ This means that developers have access to Google Infrastructures, which includes networks, servers, storage, and other services available to host applications.
  • After the deployment of an application, server side management is done by Google, so developers do not need to worry about that aspect of development.
  • Provides extreme scalability, as unlimited number of users can access it. Google automatically creates new options, shares databases and expands the bandwidth when needed.
  • Google Apps are sandboxed, which means greater performance, reliability and tight security. Sandbox isolates apps from the underlying operating system and, thus, protects them. It allows the distribution of web requests to other servers and provides the ability to start and stop those servers.
  • Google supports JAVA (version 7 or higher), PYTHON (version 2.7 or higher), Go (experimental with limited functionality) and PHP (preview – above version 5.4) and provides their own SDK, which is supported on Linux, Mac and Windows as .zip files. The developer’s guide can be located at: https://developers.google.com/appengine/docs/
  • All four languages have local development environments to simulate App engine authentication and email APIs for Google accounts. With them, cron jobs can be scheduled to run at specified times.
  • JAVA environment is based on web technology standards, which include Servelets, WARs, JDO, JPA, jave.net, JavaMail and JCache. It is supported by plugins Eclipse IDE and Apache Maven, which make project creation, testing and deployment very easy. The environment supports other languages like JRuby, JavaScript (Rhino) and Scala, which use JVM based interpreters.
  • Python SDK is developed in Python itself, thus includes the complete Python standard library. It supports popular web applications frameworks including Django. It includes rich data modeling API for data store and works with any applications that support CGI or WSGI.
  • For CPU intensive tasks like image manipulation, the Go environment can be used.
  • Can utilize PHP environment for integrated features of Google like TaskQueue, User Service and PageSpeed. Google Cloud SQL runs like local MySQL instance while Google Cloud Storage works like local file reads/writes. To run your PHP on Google’s cloud register for Limited Preview at: https://gaeforphp.appspot.com/register

Account Limits of Using Google App Engine

Google App Engine: Each developer account includes

  • 10 applications
  • 1 GB storage per application
  • 5 million page views per month per application

Google App Engine: Google App interaction with other elements of the Google Cloud Platform

Google Compute Engine: App engine controls the Google Compute Engine cores, as developers can specify 1, 2, 4, or 8 virtual core instances. Each core is provided with 3.75 GB memory. Compute Engine also provides a web-facing front end. Compute Engine can spin Virtual Machines (VMs) programmatically, thus providing faster computations and efficient scaling. The same infrastructure is used by Google Search, Gmail and Ads for large scale computing needs.

Google Cloud Storage: Resources are required to host applications. Google App Engine is provided with APIs to manage assets – storing, displaying, retrieving and deleting them and also reading/writing data on flat data-sheets. Google Cloud Storage is ideal for storing the assets and data. It gives fast data access around the globe (Global Regional Hosting), with reliability and guaranteed uptime of 99.95%; it also provides backup and restore options and unlimited storage.

Google Big Query: App Engine can access the Big Query NOSQL engine using language specific APIs (JAVA, .NET, PYTHON, Go, Ruby, PHP, JavaScript and others) or with UI or REST interface. It uses the Google Big Query analysis power to analyze massive amount of data (data storage scales to more than 100TB).

Google Cloud Database Solutions: App Engine has full connectivity with both database functionality solutions. With App Engine, query can work on either of the database solutions and can work on resulting datasheets.

Google App Engine: The database solutions provided are:

  1. Cloud SQL – for relational databases primarily MySQL. Hosting choice is provided as EU or US with 100GB storage and 16GB RAM.
  2. Cloud DataStore – for non-relational databases using NOSQL. There is no charge up to 50K per read/write, 200 indexes, 1GB/month data storage.

Google’s New Cloud Hosting Option

New Cloud Hosting Option

New Cloud Hosting OptionWatch out, Amazon – Google has arrived. Google has a new cloud hosting service (kind of) that takes direct aim at what Amazon and Microsoft have already put together. Here are the new Google Cloud details.

Inside Google Cloud Platform

Google actually rolled out the company's cloud services via Google Compute Engine to a few people not too long ago, but now the service is available to everyone. What does it include?

  • Application Services
  • Computing
  • Storage

Google is naming the new cloud platform a straightforward ‘Cloud Storage,' and the company has also lowered prices, so that everyone seeking cloud options from Google can afford these new offerings.

New Cloud Hosting Option: Pricing and Other Details

How much will it cost you if you want to move to Google's cloud? It depends on how much space is used and how much data you transfer. Google is setting up pricing on a per-usage model, instead of offering companies a flat fee.

Google also wants to help you manage databases. For more of those details, head directly to Google's main blog. Essentially, Google is telling the world that this company believes in its own products. Google uses the products that the company produces on its own site, and now that company is passing these services onto you.

Some Competition

Google already has the company's name and telltale multi-colored logo behind the new cloud services. That's why Google can compete directly with the likes of Amazon and GoDaddy – people and companies that already use Google's many other services are likely to trust Google when it comes to cloud services too.

Many website owners have already been using Google's Compute Engine for more than 18 months, and those that have weighed in on the services that Google offers are more than happy with Google's options. Some complain that Google's Cloud Console needs some work, but Google is sure to fix that right away.

Google's method here seems to be to put forth new ventures and fix the little things at a later time. But, Google is prepared enough to unleash the new cloud services on the world. If you're looking for a way to connect to more Google options, this might be a good choice.

What Do You Think?

Would you jump ship from GoDaddy or any other big hosting company in order to connect with Google's cloud? Or, have you had enough of Google and all of its offerings? I'm curious as to whether or not Google will be able to make a dent in the hosting world largely owned by companies like Amazon – seems like a tough market to break into. Then again, if any company can do it…it's Google.

Let me know what you think about Google's latest venture!

A Cloud Hosting Niche Idea

Cloud Hosting Niche Idea

The notion of Medicine Without Borders is an important one. Treating people all around the world is something that a number of doctors aspire to do, but it's not always as simple as packing a bag and hopping a plane. Sometimes, treatments and cures need to be handed out from a far. That's where cloud technology comes into play.

The Cloud Lends a Hand

Cloud Hosting Niche IdeaSitting in an office in New York City, one doctor can review medical files of a patient living in Brazil. Those files can be kept secure thanks to the cloud, and information can be shared thanks to mobile connectivity. Doctors with more knowledge and skill can also communicate with colleagues half a world away through simple service like Dropbox and other file sharing programs.

This is a major breakthrough where science, medicine, and technology is concerned. It's also one way that medicine is reaching people in remote corners of the world. What will happen next? It's possible that we may not even need to go to a physical doctor's office in the future. Doctor's may be able to reach out through the Internet – wouldn't that be amazing?

Cloud Hosting Niche Idea: On Its Way

Right now, cloud technology within the medical sector is restricted to help those in far away countries and to storing patient files. However, cloud technology is really starting to rapidly expand, and the medical world is one place where cloud movement seems to be growing faster than ever before. There's a fight amongst cloud providers, too, to be the first company to bring the cloud to various parts of the globe.

What can you expect to see? Soon, you'll find that companies compete for cloud space. Right now, cloud hosting companies are already competing, but this is going to morph into other cloud areas. Pharma reps selling drugs may soon start selling cloud space. That could be the future, and it's one that looks really bright for the medical world.

Cloud Hosting Options

If you are thinking of running a cloud hosting company, you may find opportunity in the medical cloud field. A hosting company that caters solely to the cloud storage of medical files might be something that the world needs badly. It may become a niche that's just right for you if you are working on a cloud company of your own.

Breaking into the cloud business won't be easy, though. You have a lot of competition out there. But, finding and carving that niche is a really good way to begin. We cover all kinds of cloud hosting information on this site, and we also offer lots of cloud reviews. If you need help with cloud hosting or want to know what's out there, take a minute to check out our cloud hosting articles – or ask us any questions that you have.

Is your mind blown by what the cloud can do?

What Shouldn’t Be Sent to the Cloud?

What Shouldn't Be Sent to the Cloud?

cloud hosting Sent to the CloudCloud hosting is something that we've talked about frequently on this blog. It's also the newest thing in web hosting, and it's something that a lot of you are probably considering. But, we know that you have questions about cloud hosting too.

One of the questions that we get a lot is: should I send everything to the cloud? We also tend to get: is there anything that I can't or shouldn't send to the cloud? Let's answer those questions, so that you can feel more secure when it comes to cloud options.

What Should You Send to the Cloud?

It's safe to send most things to the cloud as long as those things aren't detrimental to your business. It's also imperative that anything sent to the cloud is completely secure. Let's get into security a bit more.

You have a company security policy, right? Well, the cloud hosting company that you are considering might not have the same policy. In fact, cloud hosts don't have to go with the policy that you have in mind. That means that you really need to check up on a hosting company's security policies before sending anything to the cloud.

Make sure that all data is encrypted, that you have access to cloud keys, and that your files cannot be accessed by anyone at any time – other than yourself or the one other person you put in charge of those files. Ok? If these things aren't put in place, don't send those sensitive files to the cloud – and even then, don't send sensitive files that haven't been backed up to the cloud.

What Shouldn't Be Sent to the Cloud?

If you have some data that would ruin your company were it discovered, don't send it to the cloud. Make sure that you back that data up elsewhere – at least two times. Or, make sure that your cloud company signs your privacy documents. Either way, you'll want to have a cloud backup in addition to another form of backup.

Is the cloud safe? That question can't be answered as broadly as it is asked. It all depends on the cloud hosting provider that you are choosing to work with. If you want to know whether or not a specific provider is safe, we can help you find out. Or, you can take a look at our many cloud hosting security posts on this site.

Cloudy Questions

When it comes to the cloud, things are still somewhat confusing. The cloud is relatively new, in the scheme of things, after all. So, do keep this in mind when it comes to finding a cloud provider. If you aren't sure about one provider, make sure to ask us.

Got a file that you're not sure about sending to the cloud? Let us know what your fears are first, and we can answer your questions here. When it comes to the cloud, you never can be too safe!