Thanks to a growing number of virtual services, organizations can leverage scalability to create customized solutions for technical and data needs. Cloud hosting puts businesses in charge of their data storage and in control of their IT budget. Scalable cloud hosting is a top benefit of virtual services, and it brings a number of other benefits to organizations.
What is Scalable Cloud Hosting?
Scalability refers to a system’s ability to handle an increase in workloads. The cloud’s nature makes scaling up and down easier and more affordable than in traditional environments because organizations usually don’t have to buy into additional resources to handle temporary high peaks in flow. Most experts consider technology scaling to be either vertical or horizontal.
Vertical scaling usually involves increasing workloads with existing hardware resources. Also referred to as scaling up, vertical scaling usually requires that you add more capability to a machine or system by installing additional units, memory, or functionality. If you were going to vertically scale the ability of a person to pick up a large object, for example, you might give them stronger muscles to get the job done. The problem with vertical scaling is that you eventually run into a cap—you can only add so much “muscle” to the machine before you run out of space or hit a technical limit for some other piece in the machine.
Horizontal scaling involves expanding hardware resources to allow greater workloads. In the person example above, instead of adding more muscles, you would add other people or tools to link the object together. In a data environment, horizontal scaling means adding additional machines, computers, or systems. An obvious problem with horizontal scaling is that it can be expensive to add additional hard resources, especially when you don’t need to run at peak workload all the time.
The Benefits of Scalable Cloud Hosting
Virtual hosting lets organizations take advantage of cloud flexibility without the high cost of scaling up or out on their own. Some of the top benefits of scalable cloud hosting include affordability, customization, and centralization.
Cloud solutions in general are often more affordable for businesses, and scalability in a cloud environment definitely comes with cost-effective savings. When you purchase cloud-hosting services, you’re buying into the same infrastructure that many other businesses are. The vendor scales the hardware that is required by your business up and down as needed, just as they do for everyone else. Because much of the hardware is in use at any given time—even if not by your organization—the overall cost of scaling is reduced. This means data center vendors can offer pay-as-you-use and other budget-friendly data-storage options.
Cloud solutions are more customizable than physical solutions because you can change settings and requirements without overhauling or replacing expensive in-house hardware. Businesses can develop virtual processes and desktops, access data at any time, and make sweeping changes to processes without costly changes in architecture.
Cloud scalability offers businesses an opportunity for convergence, which brings processes and functions into centralized vendor or management packages. In traditional settings, scaling for greater workloads often requires branching out into various systems and management protocols, which can be unwieldy and costly to maintain.
For more information about how cloud hosting lets your company scale appropriately, contact Caronet.