Cloud hosting is when an organization outsources its cloud storage to a service provider. The cloud provider oversees setup, infrastructure, security and maintenance, while possibly allowing the clients to customize hardware and applications and scale servers online.
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Benefits of cloud hosting services include simple setup, which is handled by the provider. The cloud is made available to customers over a network.
Because users can scale as needed, they are only charged for the services they utilize and do not pay for any unused capacity. This payment system makes cloud hosting a relatively inexpensive method of storage.
When negotiating a service-level-agreement (SLA,) cloud hosting clients should consider the following aspects before choosing a host: high availability (HA,) security, recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO).
Popular cloud host offerings include Rackspace Hosting, Amazon Web Services (AWS,) Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.