eForge Glossary: Cloud Hosting.

“Nobody understands the cloud, it’s a mystery!”

If you have custom software, or you’re looking to start your custom software project, you need to understand what cloud hosting really means and the various ways it can help your software development process.

Traditionally when a company is ready to launch a website or an application, they would need to set up a physical server located on site. Most of the time this means that the business would also need to hire an IT personnel who would need to set up the server, deploy the code to the server, and then maintain the server for the life cycle of the application that it's running.

We all know that hardware such as TVs and phones need to be replaced every couple of years because at some point hardware fails. That’s the same with server hardware as well. If you don’t have a contingency plan in place when that hardware failure occurs, you’re at risk of losing anything that it's running.

So essentially your website application that is running, and all that code, can be gone in the blink of an eye. One of the biggest benefits of cloud hosting is that instead of hosting your application on a physical server, you are renting resources from a cloud hosting environment, which is a data center located somewhere, with server clusters that run your application.

If any of these servers where to fail and go under at any time, then more resources can be allocated from the cluster, so that your website doesn’t actually go down, and that customers are still able to reach your website. So here at eForge we’re actually able to deal with these updates and provide that hosting support, or cloud hosting support, for your application.

We take nightly backups, and we monitor to ensure that if anything were to happen, we are the first responders on site and we make sure it's back up and running, sometimes in a couple of minutes.

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