How to determine the cost of cloud hosting?

Started by arthyk, Aug 24, 2022, 06:26 AM

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arthykTopic starter

I'm wondering how exactly is the charge for using cloud hosting? The provider reports that the billing of the cloud server is determined by the fact of use and gives the cost per hour, there is also a fixed monthly cost. But how will I know how much real time per day the server is used? As far as I understand, popular sites should be used around the clock and pay a fixed price, is that right? ::)

Anthony Brooks

You yourself have answered your own question. There are two types of billing - monthly and hourly. Cloud servers are more reliable and third parties cannot get to them, although it is realistic to put hosting on such a server using DDoS. Hourly pay is charged per hour (logically). You should have an admin panel and there is an item "server uptime" and "active server uptime". It is there that you can find out your balance and the rest of the subtleties.
Who needs hourly pay? Of course, those people who need a server for software testing, emulation and data storage. If the server is to be public, then I recommend paying monthly.


Advantages of cloud hosting:
Fault tolerance. The high uptime of cloud hosting is due to the fact that when one server is unavailable (crashes), all the others continue to process requests. In such a situation, all sites hosted on this cloud will continue to work normally.
Scalability. In the case of cloud hosting, there is no need to change tariff plans depending on the growth of popularity of your site. Even if the attendance increases by several orders of magnitude in 1 day.
Automatic backups. As in the case of virtual hosting, most normal hosting providers make backups of data hosted in the cloud to remote servers.

Payment for the actual power consumed. There is no need to overpay for a powerful processor or a large amount of RAM, if powerful scripts are not running on your site or there is no influx of visitors.
This is the same as in the case of utility bills, if you do not use water (for example, for religious reasons), then you will not have to pay for it.

Disadvantages of cloud hosting:
Cost. In order to create and maintain such a fault-tolerant and scalable system, the hosting provider spends a lot of money. This cannot but affect the final cost for the user. In addition, if you hang an unoptimized script on cloud hosting (for some reason consuming large amounts of power) or someone hаcks your site, then there is a huge chance that you will be unpleasantly surprised by the size of the invoice issued by the hosting provider.

Who is suitable for cloud hosting?
The cloud solution is suitable for sites and services for which almost 100% availability is important, as well as for those projects where there are wave-like jumps in attendance.
It is possible to place a business card website or a powerful project in the cloud, but it is necessary to assess the economic feasibility.