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cloud hosting

Contributor(s): Erin Sullivan

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.

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.

This was last updated in June 2015

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