Cloud Hosting

What Does Cloud Hosting Mean?

Cloud hosting is the procurement of computing resources from a cloud computing provider or facility to host data, services and/or solutions.

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Cloud hosting is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud delivery model that provides a suite of remote/virtual services. These are delivered on an on-demand basis and hosted on top of a cloud computing infrastructure.

Techopedia Explains Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting refers primarily to the use of virtual hardware, network, storage and composite solutions from a cloud vendor. It is enabled through virtualization, whereby the entire computing capacity of an infrastructure or data center is distributed and delivered to multiple users simultaneously. The user uses underlying infrastructure to host its own applications, services and data. For example, a physical server can be virtualized and consolidated to host several cloud servers, all sharing the processor, memory, storage, network and other resources.

Cloud hosting providers offer wide-ranging flexibility for scaling hosted resources. Moreover, cloud hosting may also combine the capacity of several servers to provide a single cloud hosted server. Some of the cloud hosted solutions are cloud servers, cloud desktops, cloud storage and more.

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