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Will Cloud Computing replace traditional dedicated server hosting?

Cloud computing is becoming extremely popular in the business world, and the term cloud computing may have a different meaning in the IT world than it does in the business world. Nevertheless, consumers and businesses are moving to the cloud at a rapid pace. It may be difficult to predict, but some have even suggested that cloud computing may eventually replace dedicated server hosting completely.

Those who believe cloud computing is the future of hosting point out that its flexibility is one of the key features that attracts users. With cloud computing, it is much easier to switch gears and adjust to changing markets when you do not have to pay out-of-pocket expenses for costly upgrades, third-party add-ons, or other major software changes. As part of the cloud subscription, businesses get the services they need when they need them.

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Those who disagree with this hypothesis would argue that dedicated server hosting is not going anywhere. Many individuals and businesses need dedicated servers and enjoy the freedom that comes with being able to manage them and configure them however they want. This is especially true of users who rely on and prefer free and open source software. It is also appealing to companies with sensitive or highly secure information, such as banks and intelligence organizations.

Even those cloud supporters who believe cloud computing will take the “lion’s share” of the market do not believe traditional dedicated server hosting will fade away completely. Some companies may even prefer managed dedicated server hosting as an alternative to cloud hosting.

A third possibility is that many organizations will adopt a hybrid hosting methodology, combining both cloud hosting with dedicated hosting. These organizations are the ones that will likely be in the majority for years to come. For example, they may host certain groupware applications in the cloud but may continue to host their financial service sites on their own servers. Others will host their web applications on their own servers while using content delivery networks (CDN) to host their static files, such as images and videos.

Cloud computing will definitely be a part of hosting for many years to come, but it is safe to say that dedicated server hosting will be as well.

 

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What are the security downsides to hosting static third-party content on a subdomain?

Anytime you host content uploaded by a third party, you run the risk of exposing your server to malicious files or even to hackers who exploit weaknesses in a user’s account. One possible way to avoid this situation is to host the third-party content on an entirely separate server. The question is: are there any downsides to this form of content hosting?

The answer can be somewhat complicated. First, it is important to note that simply using a subdomain (such as dave.davessite.tld) does not provide any security by itself, unless the subdomain points to a separate server, separate hosting account, separate VPS, or a content delivery network (CDN). Second, the type of file matters. Scripts, for example, could still potentially cause harm to your primary server even if hosted on the secondary one. True static content, such as images and videos, may be significantly safer.

Using a Content Delivery Network 

Since hosting files on a separate server can be costly and require is own additional maintenance, many website owners may explore the possibility of using a CDN. A content delivery network is a service that specializes in hosting content, especially static content, and distributing it across a global network of servers. In addition to the security benefits, it is potentially faster, more reliable because of the redundancy, and reduces bandwidth costs.

Subdomain Setup

One way to make your content appear as though it is still hosted on your site is to use a subdomain. You can easily setup a subdomain in a hosting control panel, such as cPanel, by editing the DNS for your domain. WebHostingBuzz provides this functionality for all hosting accounts.

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