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The Difference Between Cloud Hosting and Web Hosting

What is the difference between cloud hosting and web hosting? We have to understand the concept of web hosting and cloud hosting firstly to answer this question.

What is Web Hosting?

Web Hosting is actually a real server that includes all files of your website. The bunch of documents from your website somewhere hosted on a unique server. When the user comes to your website, the browser will download those documents from your web host server and shows them to the user. The server will store the files of the website with standard web hosting.

What is Cloud Hosting?

Cloud Hosting is a virtual server to include your website files. It is the service where your data is stored across multiple connected servers and can be accessed remotely from anywhere via the Internet. Imagine “cloud” is like a single computing machine that has a huge storage space and processing power. And, the biggest advantage of cloud hosting is that it allows for resource scaling. Cloud hosting is also known as cluster server hosting or server on-demand hosting.

Cloud Hosting vs. Web Hosting:

With traditional web server hosting, the user is limited to the physical constraints of that server where your website is hosted. But that's not the case with cloud hosting. Here there is a unique configuration that lets you pull data from a network of multiple servers. It's more like a cloud (various remote servers) tapping into an underlying network of actual physical servers to access stored data. This acts as an affordable hosting solution that is reliable as well as scalable.

In old-school hosting, all your website's data and files are stored on a single server. Whenever a visitor opens your site, these files are drawn from the single server and presented to the user. Whereas in cloud hosting, your website's resources are scattered across multiple virtual servers and they can be derived efficiently as and when needed. This is what makes cloud hosting more reliable and scalable with time.

Alibaba Cloud provides web hosting solutions suitable for businesses of all sizes. We help you reduce development, maintenance, and IT costs while guaranteeing the security and stability of your site.

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Dedicated Host Service

A dedicated resource pool that offers flexible and compliant deployment options to grant enterprise users more control over their cloud infrastructure.

Dedicated Host (DDH) is a fully managed server hosting service that Alibaba Cloud provides for enterprise users. DDH offers dedicated physical resources, flexible deployment options, rich configurations, and high cost-effectiveness. Each tenant can use dedicated physical resources that are not shared with other tenants. Similar to regular ECS instances, ECS instances that are deployed on DDH can be connected across VPCs and easily scaled to suit your business requirements.

Elastic Compute Service (ECS)

Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) provides fast memory and the latest Intel CPUs to help you power your cloud applications and achieve faster results with low latency.

Deploy ECS instances with just a few clicks from the easy-to-use console and scale capacity up or down based on real-time demands.

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