Is your website experiencing regular downtime or being hit with unexpected hosting charges because you have exceeded your bandwidth allowance? If so, it sounds like you are with the wrong web host try unlimited web hosting.
In today’s internet, with the technology we now have at our disposal, it is relatively simple to put in place the infrastructure to provide unlimited web hosting for your website – and unlimited web hosting has never been more cost effective.
Cloud technology means your website can be hosted on a flexible and scalable platform that effectively creates an unlimited web hosting package for your website. This can be achieved easily and cost-effectively.
How it works
Unlimited web hosting can be achieved via private cloud hosting, which has the benefit of additional control and security of the service, or via VPS (virtual private server) hosting, which is generally cheaper and even more flexible but does not include dedicated hardware.
In the case of private cloud hosting, usually two or more servers will be ‘wrapped’ together so that traffic and use of your servers’ resources can be spread across the private cloud environment. This process of lateral scaling can be repeated across as many servers as required to create the scale you need.
With VPS hosting, your hosting setup is not restricted to a piece of hardware, so you can scale up and up and up, as required, without any ‘hard limit’ on capacity. And you can also scale back down in the opposite direction so that you’re only ever paying for the resources you need. This makes it a cost-effective option even without factoring in the excess bandwidth charges that some web hosts still inflict upon customers.
Finding the balance
In choosing the right sort of unlimited web hosting for your business, it is really a case of deciding whether having your own physical hardware (i.e. servers) is important or whether you can depend on upon the flexibility and lower costs of the cloud in the form of VPS.
In short, creating a private cloud can be achieved by using similar virtual server technology as found in VPS, by using exclusively dedicated hardware or a combination of the two – it just depends on which parts of your digital infrastructure you want to keep away from the public cloud and which parts would benefit from being plugged into the scalability and accessibility of the public cloud. We discussed the cloud hosting vs dedicated server debate in more detail in another blog post, if you would like some further reading.