Since the boom of Cloud Computing, Cloud based Hosting has been added to the overall hosting types offered by most hosting companies. But in the whole mix, you as a consumer has to be equipped with the right information to know how to separate the good Cloud Hosting providers from the rest. Because at times, it is not just about the competitive pricing and performance commitments, hosting partnerships are about building relationships and when it comes to Cloud Hosting, there are sophisticated features that you should not lose out on. That being said, today we will cover 3 essential features that you should definitely look to have from your Cloud Hosting Provider.
- Integrated Caching: Having a slow website will have major implications on the user experience on your website which could lead to loss of business. In terms of SEO, search engines like Google want to rank sites that are fast higher in their results. If your website is slow, you may lose out on organic search visibility which is extremely important for the discovery of your website. Caching is a great way to help improve your site’s speed. In caching, the cache memory sits between the server and the user accessing the files on the server. Every time a file is accessed, a copy of it is stored in the Cache for future references. The next time anyone requests for the same file, it is retrieved from the cache instead of the server, drastically improving the speed. Top Cloud Hosting Providers like ResellerClub integrate Varnish Cache in their Cloud Hosting services. Varnish Cache is a powerful web application accelerator that can speed up a website by up to 1000 percent. Varnish is typically used for content heavy dynamic websites. It is used by high-profile, high-traffic websites including Wikipedia, and online newspaper sites such as The New York Times. Check with your Cloud Hosting provider if they offer such advanced caching in their Cloud Hosting plans.
- Data Mirroring: Data loss can happen because of multiple reasons. These include hacking and security breaches, physical device failures and even human error. In Cloud Hosting, the distribution of resources across multiple servers reduce the threat of website downtime because of any servers going down. However, this does not ensure that data loss is mitigated. Which is why it is essential to have data mirroring setup across the Cloud Hosting Network. Smarter Cloud Hosting Providers utilize advanced Cloud Storage Architectures like Ceph Storage, which gives 3N level of redundancy. In computing, Ceph is completely distributed without a single point of failure, scalable to the exabyte level. Ceph replicates data and makes it fault-tolerant, requiring no specific hardware support. As a result of its design, the system is both self-healing and self-managing, aiming to minimize administration time and other costs. Check with the Cloud Hosting Provider if they provide data replication features within their Cloud Hosting Plan.
- Intuitive Performance cPanel Dashboard: Let me put it this way, Batman is known to be the World’s Greatest Detective largely because of the Bat-Computer. You know, the one that resides in the Bat-Cave that helps Batman analyse and understand everything? Same case is with the performance dashboard of your Cloud Hosting. The Cloud has a large number of resources at your disposal, but you need to understand the current system’s performance and understand where things are going so that you can either add more resources and provide your users the best experience possible or even at times reduce the resources and avoid paying for them unnecessarily. This can only be made possible if you have an intuitive performance dashboard. Again, ResellerClub has a very comprehensive cPanel dashboard which allows you to Monitor resource utilization on your Cloud Hosting plan and allocate additional CPU/RAM on demand. Simply click the upgrade button on the control panel for more server resources to be provisioned for your site.
As you can see, these features go well beyond your basic performance and costing. These features can actually help you have a very easy and effective functioning. If you have an existing Cloud Hosting provider, check with them if they offer these features and even if they charge a little extra, you should definitely go for it for the sake of the long run. Alternatively you can look at better Cloud Hosting providers who include these features within their existing Cloud Hosting packages. Hope this helps and please feel free to share your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below!