Future Web Hosting Cloud
June 9, 2009
The current wave of cloud computing that is sweeping the web is meant to move beyond such rigid forms and offer itself as a true alternative for power computing at the same time. If you look at Amazon AWS as an example, you can see that their price calculator
looks insanely complicated, but a closer inspection shows that the pricing is based on raw usage. There’s no base fee. What that translates into is true dynamic billing. If your service is getting tons of traffic, it will cost you more, if it’s not, it will cost you less. Now the Amazon cloud isn’t specifically targeted to web hosting, but it’s an example.
The reason this is revolutionary is that you can call upon additional resources, as you need them. That means that depending on the solution you choose, you can survive being mentioned on a popular television show, Digg, Slashdot, etc… without outrageous overcharges and without needing to purchase a pile of servers, “just in case.” Most of us have revenue that generally grows with your traffic. So if you’re going to get the higher charge for additional usage, you’ll have the money to pay for it.
These are huge developments but there’s a catch. As things stand right now, no one seems to be offering anything overly “friendly”. As an example, Amazon’s AWS requires that you be able to manage your own OS and know how to code. It’s also not really web application friendly