What are some best cloud hosting services for website or mobile apps?

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Vaibhav Bakshi
Vaibhav Bakshi
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Building an IT infrastructure can be a very complex and expensive proposition for a business. This is where cloud hosting companies come to the rescue, managing your hosting requirements and enabling scaling of resources as per the need. As per your requirement they draw from a pool of processing power, memory and storage, basically allowing an unlimited number of machines act as one system. This lets companies focus on their primary business and not worry about their servers. Here are some best cloud hosting services:

1.     Google Cloud: Google Cloud Platform makes it easier for developers to build structures, including simple websites and complex web applications. The services offered by it are hosting, computing, cloud storage, Big Data etc. You can write applications in Python, Java, PHP and Go with the help of its existing frameworks such as Django, Flask, Spring and Webapp2. It uses the same supporting infrastructure as Google. You can also compartmentalize your application data with its multi-tenancy support. Its Traffic Splitting enables you to A/B test different live versions of your app. The different databases supported by it are: MySQL database using Cloud SQL, a schema-less NoSQL datastore, or object storage using Cloud Storage. Applications can be tested locally in a simulated environment with the help of App Engine SDK and then you can use simple command-line tools or the desktop launcher to deploy your app. Task Queues, Memcache and the Users API are its managed services along with its highly scalable deployment.

2.     Amazon Web Services: AWS is a suite of cloud computing services. It provides flexible IaaS, PaaS, storage, networking, and management platforms. A global, 12-region infrastructure supports it. This highly reliable, secure, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform has data center locations all across the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Singapore, Japan, and Australia. You can quickly innovate, experiment and iterate with the help of its massive global cloud infrastructure. It makes possible for you to deploy new applications, scale up as your workload grows, and scale down as per demand. And for all this, you need to pay only for what you use.

3.     Rackspace: Rackspace offers a whole set of features such as application hosting, IaaS, cloud storage, virtual private server, load balancers, databases, backup, and monitoring. You can quickly add MySQL or SQL Server databases to your website using Cloud Control Panel thanks to its on-demand databases feature. WordPress, Drupal, .Net, Joomla and PHP are all supported as it has multi-platform support. Cloud Control Panel makes it easy to renew a domain name, add a new domain, and set up custom DNS records.

4.     Microsoft Azure: Used for building, deploying and managing apps across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacentres, Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible cloud computing platform. It offers services like PaaS and IaaS that support various programming languages, tools, and frameworks.  Microsoft provides specific software development kits (SDKs) for Python, Java, Node.js and .NET as well as and for other languages through open source projects. Its accessibility to Microsoft’s CDN means you can place static files in various data centres around the world and load it at high speed. Its WebJobs lets you run any program or script on Azure Websites-managed VMs. It supports a variety of databases such as Microsoft SQL, MySQL, DocumentDB, Search, MongoDB, Redis, and Azure Table Storage. It also offers auto-scaling, Visual Studio integration, On-premises data access and integration & deployment workflows with VSO, GitHub, TeamCity, Hudson or BitBucket.

5.     Joyent: Specializing in virtualization and cloud computing, Joyent has core features such as auto scaling, cloud storage, database as a service, disaster recovery, firewalls, horizontal scaling, load balancing, object storage, vertical scaling and VPN access. Open source projects like Ruby on Rails, Node.js, Illumos and SmartOS are used and supported by Joyent. It has DTrace for troubleshooting and systems monitoring and ZFS file system for connecting servers to storage systems. Cent OS, Open Solaris and Windows Server are its preconfigured operating systems and MongoDB and MySQL form the list of its native databases.


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