When you hear about cloud computing, you may think of it as this broad thing that is only for professionals and huge organizations. Actually that is not the case, this is one of those things that you just fear to try out when looking from a far.
One of the greatest things about cloud computing is that: all the tools for individuals, professionals, big and small organizations are available. In this post am going to show you some of the many reasons why you should opt to host your website or app on a cloud platform.
Am basing this post on Google cloud platform, specifically Google cloud compute engine but the basics can be extended to other cloud platforms. If you want an introduction to what a cloud platform is, read my previous post; The cloud and what it can do for you.
What is a Google cloud Compute Engine?
Google cloud compute engine lets you create and run virtual machines that run on servers in data centers owned by Google. Instead of renting a dedicated server, with virtual machines offered with google cloud compute engine, you can use predefined sizes of storage, RAM and processing power or you can create own sizes according to your needs.
In simple terms, it is pretty much like a dedicated server but this time it runs faster, cheaper and is created accustomed to you and your needs.
Compute Engine’s VMs boot quickly, come with persistent disk storage, and deliver consistent performance. Our virtual servers are available in many configurations, including predefined sizes or the option to create custom machine types optimized for your specific needs. Flexible pricing and automatic sustained-use discounts make Compute Engine the leader in price/performance.
In computing, a virtual machine (VM) is an emulation of a computer. Virtual machines are based on computer architecture and provide the functionality of a physical computer. Their implementation may involve specialised hardware, software or a combination.
Now that you have a brief introduction to what Google cloud compute engine is; and a virtual machine in general. Lets us get into why you might need to switch to a virtual machine for your website or app hosting in general.
The power is in your hands.
First and foremost when it comes to compute engine, the power is in your hands. You can change your virtual machine in anyway you may please; from the software, the processing power and more. This is of great advantage because there is the flexibility to try out and test what works best for you.
When we talk cloud computing, only big companies that run huge amounts of data setup this infrastructure and they always have the capacity. For example Google cloud is setup on the the same kind of technology that is used to run huge websites with huge amounts of data like gmail, youtube, Google Search and the likes.
So you are always assured of reliability of the service since it is managed by people who know alot about the business, have a bunch of talented engineers and with alot of experience.
With cloud computing you are always assured that the software installed is the latest and is installed on the latest hardware. You do not have to worry about doing software updates and having to use old software since everything is always managed for you.
Scales to all demands
Cloud computing grows as you grow your business ie from the tiniest needs to the biggest, Cloud computing can scale to anyone’s demands.
Whether your needs are on individual basis, small business or huge organizations. The nature of usage of the servicees grows as your needs grow. For example if you started off with a machine that runs 1.Ghz and 3GB RAM. If your usage grows, you can flexibily increase the machine’s capability. Also if the usage decreases you can still lower it accordingly.
From bandwidth to storage, Cloud computing speed is never compromised. Most cloud platforms today use SSD storage like google cloud storage. This is the fastest kind of storage and runs efficiently with huge amounts of data.
When it comes to dedicated servers which are offered by hosting companies, you have to rent and pay for are entire server even if you are going to use just a small fraction of it’s capacity. This is is not the case when it comes to google cloud compute engine. With google cloud you only pay for what you have used(pay as you go) and do not have to pay for more than you use.
The billing is always by monthly basis and usage is calculated in real time. So that means that if you use more of the services, the more you will be charged. If you used less in one month and use more in another, you will be billed accordingly. This is always a budget friendly approach.
Many available tools.
Another thing that is great about Google cloud, is that there are many tools and softwares that can help speed up your setup and development process. From emails configurations, CMSs and more. For example you can setup wordpress on Google cloud compute engine instance by using bitnami. Bitinami is one of the many examples of tools that can speed up your development.
Another thing that is great about Google Cloud is the existence of a free trial. Unlike other cloud computing companies, with google cloud, as a new user of there services ,you are given a full 300$ to use through out the year to spend on all their cloud services.
This is a great way to get you started with cloud computing as it gives you an opportunity to test and try out all the cloud services offered by Google. With these you can recognise which service best suit your computing needs.