What is Cloud Hosting?

Cloud FAQs

What is Cloud Hosting?

Cloud hosting is a means of hosting whereby you pay for compute and storage resources without having to buy any physical hardware. You choose a cloud server with your required vCPU (virtual CPU cores), RAM, storage and extras, and then a virtual machine is made-to-measure and ready for you to use within minutes.

Who are your cloud hosting services for?

Our cloud Hosting services are for businesses of all sizes including developers, designers, public sector organisations and government departments.

Is cloud hosting the same as shared hosting?

The term “shared hosting” usually refers to types of budget web hosting and PaaS, where hundreds of websites could be sharing a finite pool of resources. Public cloud hosting is a step up from this. You still have multiple tenants on the same underlying hardware, but where it differs is that each user on the environment has their own allocated resources.

What this means in practice is that the multi-tenant environment of a public cloud plan can provide a far more consistent and higher-level performance than a typical “shared hosting” plan.

An example of a single-tenant environment would be a private cloud solution. With dedicated compute and storage, private cloud hosting can be true single-tenant, offering a far greater certainty of high performance and isolation.

Is data secure in the cloud?

Data security is paramount at ANS. Our ISO 27001-certified and PCI-compliant data centres have the highest level of protection from both virtual and physical security threats. We also have a team of security specialists whose job it is to ensure our customers’ data is secure in the ever-evolving cyber-security landscape.

How are cloud servers different to dedicated servers?

Virtual vs physical:
As cloud servers are virtualised, you don’t need to buy a physical dedicated server or rent space in a data centre. You can get started much faster as there is no physical server (which would need to be built or installed by a data centre engineer).

Upfront cost:
You only pay for the resources you use, so there’s less CapEx and less potential wastage.

Flexibility:
Cloud hosting provides excellent scalability and flexibility – as resources can be increased or decreased based on demand.

Continuity:
When your infrastructure and data is on the cloud, you’re generally more resilient when it comes to things like hardware failure. For example, our eCloud platform has built-in redundancy. If the hardware was to fail, then the platform would fail over to functioning hardware with minimal disruption.

What’s the difference between cloud hosting and web hosting?

Cloud hosting is a broader term used to describe the type of hosting, where web hosting is describing the intended use of the platform.

The term “web hosting” is widely associated with hosting services which are website-ready from the off. While some types of cloud hosting can be website-ready out-of-the-box, it’s not always a given. For example, Infrastructure as a Service is a form of cloud hosting which only includes your server and network infrastructure. This means you might need to manually install your server stack (essential software e.g. Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) to make your platform website-ready.
However, cloud hosting can be the perfect basis for a web hosting platform due to scalability, reliability and relinquishing the need to buy expensive hardware.

We have a range of services to make it quick and easy to get into building or migrating your website on our cloud hosting platform whether you’re on Magento, WordPress, Drupal or another platform. Please get in touch with our hosting experts for more information.

What cloud services are available on your platform?

Infrastructure as a Service
Web Hosting
VDI solutions e.g. Desktop as a Service
Cloud Storage solutions e.g. Storage as a Service
Cloud Backup solutions e.g. Storage as a Service
Disaster Recovery
File Sharing solutions
Infrastructure as Code
Container DevOps Platform

What is hybrid cloud?

We often say that cloud isn’t one size fits all – and just as solutions will vary from business to business, there are also considerations to be made on a workload level. Some of your business applications may run efficiently and cost-effectively in the public cloud, whilst others may be better kept on-premises (such as complex legacy applications or those that process highly sensitive data). A hybrid cloud solution allows you to harness the benefits of a public cloud platform whilst also running some applications in a private cloud and/or on your on-prem infrastructure.

Who uses hybrid cloud?

Over 70% of businesses opt for a hybrid cloud solution thanks to the versatility it offers. For those wishing to take a staged approach to cloud adoption, a hybrid solution allows total control. Assessing each workload individually in this way allows for security considerations, compliance issues and suitability of legacy applications.

What’s the difference between hybrid cloud and a multi-cloud strategy?

While hybrid and multi-cloud are very similar and often used interchangeably, they are not the same. A hybrid cloud solution combines one public cloud provider such as AWS, Azure or ANS’s eCloud Public platform with a private cloud or on-prem infrastructure, with all elements working together as one solution. Multi-cloud involves the use of multiple public cloud platforms, working separately but allowing users to benefit from each provider’s unique offerings.

Is hybrid cloud secure?

At ANS, our cloud engineers are specialised in security, providing the highest levels of protection possible for your cloud environment. We also offer a range of additional cloud security services, such as SIEM, WAF and DDoS protection.

What level of support do you offer?

ANS support is award-winning and available 24/7/365, boasting the highest NPS (customer satisfaction) score in the hosting industry. Whether you need expert advice, technical support or account management; rest-assured that your business is in exceptional hands.

What is private cloud?

Sometimes called dedicated cloud, a private cloud platform provides your business with high performance, secure virtual resource that’s not shared with anybody else. Dedicated compute resource means guaranteed availability, as absolutely everything, from the hardware to the network connection, is dedicated to you. Private cloud can be a more expensive option than public cloud, but it eliminates any worries of ‘noisy neighbours’ competing for shared resource.

Who uses private cloud?

Although public cloud is highly secure, those operating with sensitive data often prefer to opt for a private cloud solution. With fewer or no shared resources, a dedicated cloud solution offers greater peace of mind that your data is shielded from others. When performance is a priority you won’t want to rely on shared resource – private cloud offers guaranteed availability to ensure your website and applications always perform as desired.

What’s the difference between public cloud and private cloud?

With private cloud, some or all of the underlying hardware is dedicated to a single tenant (as opposed to public cloud which is shared between several users). This is great for those who need extra assurance about performance, as dedicated CPU and RAM means the resource is guaranteed to be available during busy periods. Although a more expensive option, private cloud can be customised with options such as shared storage resources.

Is private cloud secure?

At ANS, our cloud engineers are specialised in security, providing the highest levels of protection possible for your cloud environment in our UK-based, wholly owned data centres. We also offer a range of additional cloud security services, such as SIEM, WAF and DDoS protection.

What is public cloud?

Sometimes called shared cloud, public cloud is a multi-tenant cloud computing deployment model, meaning CPU, RAM, storage and network hardware is shared between multiple tenants. Physical servers are segmented into multiple virtual servers, providing a reliable, high performance yet economical cloud solution. While underlying resources are shared, each virtual server is dedicated to an individual business, with no way to be accessed by other users.

Who uses public cloud?

Presenting an efficient yet economic solution, public cloud is suitable for most businesses, but especially beneficial for startups and SMEs. As resources are so easily scalable in the public cloud, it’s a solution that grows with your business, helping you to stay on track with predictable, monthly billing. For businesses where agility is key, public cloud is the answer.

What’s the difference between public cloud and private cloud?

With private cloud some, or all, of the underlying hardware is dedicated to a single tenant. This is great for those who need extra assurance about performance, as dedicated CPU and RAM means the resource is guaranteed to be available during busy periods. Although a more expensive option, private cloud can be customised with options such as shared storage resources.

Is public cloud secure?

Your public cloud environment is kept separate from other users to ensure your data is never shared with the rest of the network. At ANS our cloud engineers are specialised in security, providing the highest levels of protection possible for your cloud environment. We also offer a range of additional cloud security services, such as SIEM, WAF, DDoS protection and more.