Cloud hosting refers to the use of numerous servers, linked together to provide a 'cloud' of computers - rather than a single computer. In the cloud hosting model, the assets and/or applications utilised by your business do not reside within the business, nor are they directly controlled by the enterprise at the infrastructure layer. 

Pros

  • Streamlined costs - All of the up-front costs, setup and configuration, maintenance, storage and bandwidth costs are rolled into a single monthly charge, and economies of scale are often realized.
  • Lower capital and operating costs - By not having to purchase and maintain expensive hardware these costs are much lower than internal hosting.
  • Improved resource utilisation - Your internal staff can focus on strategic initiatives, rather than day-to-day activities.
  • Flexibility & Scalability - Cloud environments have the ability to rapidly scale up and down as needed - with costs scaled to usage.
  • Improved integration and compatibility - By focusing on the data not the operating system interoperability issues are reduced
  • Reliability - The organisation can have a much better solution, for less money, and rely of the cloud computing redundancy measures to minimise downtime.
  • Sandbox option - The organisation can test the Cloud environment before committing to a move to Cloud Hosting

Cons

  • Recurring Costs - Cloud hosting comes with yearly bill.
  • Loss of configuration control - Cloud hosting models typically utilise change and management controls that result in slower changes, and possibly disallowed changes.
  • Performance - Latency can sometimes be a factor in cloud hosting models.

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