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What is a cloud server?

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1444573_30184039There’s been a lot of hype lately over cloud technology. Suddenly, everything seems to be “in the cloud.” But exactly what is a cloud server? At first glance, it seems to be a bunch of marketing hype. However, if you cut through the buzz words, cloud servers are simply virtual servers run on a cloud computing environment.

Cloud servers are known as  virtual dedicated servers (VDS). These servers are run as software-independent units and don’t rely on centrally installed software. As a result, the  server software can be modified to meet your specific needs.

Additionally, cloud servers offer increased security and stability because software issues are isolated both to and from your environment. They are also faster and more scalable than traditional dedicated servers. Upgrades are quick and easy.

Systems no longer need awareness of specific hardware brands and the operating systems can be moved from one machine to another providing they share the virtual environment. Now multiple operating systems can share a single hardware set and the virtual environment will manage the allocation of underlying resources.

In terms of web development, cloud servers offer exceptional stability, security, speed and scalability. While cloud servers and related technology can be a bit overwhelming to the layman, you shouldn’t shy away from them. In fact, you may want to discuss the benefits of cloud servers with your web development professional.

Your business website may be able to benefit from cloud server technology, especially if you are suffering in terms of performance, speed, stability or scalability. Cloud technology has introduced portability and resource sharing into the realm of web development.

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