Take a few moments to relive the journey of Cloud Server Hosting in the UK so far.
Here are some quick stats for you.
|1 vCPU||1 GB||50 GB||1 IP||50 GB|| USD 0.04
|2 vCPU||2 GB||100 GB||2 IP||100 GB|| USD 0.08
|3 vCPU||3 GB||150 GB||2 IP||200 GB|| USD 0.12
|4 vCPU||4 GB||200 GB||2 IP||400 GB|| USD 0.16
|5 vCPU||8 GB||250 GB||2 IP||800 GB|| USD 0.22
|6 vCPU||12 GB||300 GB||2 IP||1600 GB|| USD 0.27
|7 vCPU||16 GB||350 GB||2 IP||3200 GB|| USD 0.41
|8 vCPU||24 GB||400 GB||2 IP||6400 GB|| USD 0.47
|9 vCPU||32 GB||450 GB||2 IP||12,600 GB|| USD 0.55
The table below shows how internet has grown in the United Kingdom.
Scenario at present
|Under consideration||Number||Inference/Additional data|
|Population||67 million||The United Kingdom is somewhat sparsely populated, with the population contributing to only 0.88 % of the world’s population.|
|Active Internet users||Approx. 60 million||45.1 million people are persistent in using the internet and use it at least once every day.|
|Social Media users||45 million||45 million people are active on at least one social media platform. Like any other country, the majority of traffic comes from social media.|
|Mobile users||95 %||Almost 95 % of the households own a mobile. This figure has remained more or less the same since 2015, suggesting that mobile phone penetration has reached stagnation in the kingdom.|
Here’s an idea of how social media contributes to the overall internet traffic in the country.
|35.6 million monthly||With more than 35 million monthly users, YouTube is one of the most widely used video-sharing platforms in the country. Gender wise, the users comprise of 55 % males and the remaining (45 %) females.|
|36.34 million||As of April 2019, almost 36.34 million residents used Facebook in the UK. The number of users active on Facebook went down from 39.01 million (Sep 2018) to 36.34 million (present).|
|16 million||Microblogging platform Twitter has almost 16 million users throughout the United Kingdom. Twitter is yet to gain some momentum in this kingdom compared to other countries.|
|58%||WhatsApp is the most popular application in the country, and shares a whopping 79 % of the internet-usage corresponding to social networks.|
|16.2 million||Snapchat expects to reach 16.2 million count this year. Once the figure is achieved, 5.0 million (31 %) Snapchat users will be between 18 and 24.|
|283||There are 283 data colocation data centers in 65 areas in United Kingdom.|
|$ 135bn||That’s the expected worth of data centers by 2025. The country is witnessing increased investment in servers and IT.|
|150, 000 sq. ft.||The total server space in UK’s biggest data center – KAO Data.|
Despite being a sparsely populated country, the United Kingdom is one of the top contributors to the worldwide internet traffic. The country is home to some big firms, not just in IT, but also in aerospace, automobile, and manufacturing. Most of these firms have their footprints in nearly every continent, and are thus acutely aware of the importance of a common virtualized server.
The same can also be inferred from the fact that the UK’s market for cloud server hosting has grown at the speed of light in the past few years.
Cloud services are dominating not just the UK in particular, but also the global server market. Consequently, migration to clouds is proceeding at full pace.
The country has always had a burgeoning IT market that has attracted both domestic as well as foreign IT investors, especially cloud companies.
|Year||Total Market (in nearest Billion USD)|
Ever since its inception, Cloud hosting has invited mixed reactions, primarily because of certain disadvantages. However, what we feel is that merits and demerits are a matter of perspective. So, what one company may perceive as advantageous is likely to be deemed as negative by another.
As with every other technology, Clouds servers, too, come with their own set of demerits.
Read on below to know why some companies have still maintained a distance from Cloud computing.
There are some terms you must be aware of before you buy a Cloud server hosting plan in the UK.
1. Tiered-Data Center System
Based on redundancy and fault-tolerance, cloud data centers are tiered into four levels, namely Tier – I, II, III, and IV.
|Tier||Uptime Availability (%)|
|i||Up to 99.6 %|
|ii||Around 99.7 %|
|iii||Less than 99.98 %|
|iv||Nearly 99.99 %|
With cloud hosting, you get more or less the same level of control that you would get with any other hosting. Since the server is procured over a vendor’s infrastructure, the hardware and server-side controls lie with the provider.
As a webmaster, it is logical to worry-free yourself from server-side management and focus on the website instead.
3. Industry compliance
We adhere to the following compliances as part of our blueprint towards being a leading provider of cloud services in the UK.
In simple terms, upscaling means upgrading the server. This upgrade could be done to accommodate more traffic, or to reduce downtime. Conventional servers are not easy to upgrade, given that there are a number of things to be configured at each upgrade.
Because the server-side configuration is dealt with by the vendor, cloud servers are relatively easier to upscale – in fact so easy that these servers can be upscaled in a few clicks.
Stringent security is one that deploys multiple security layers to make the server virtually non-hackable.
All the above three techniques, when combined, build a highly secure environment that leaves little scope for malware attacks.
6. Reliability & recovery
The more reliable the system is, the lesser are the chances of it running into glitches. The redundant systems are considered to have better fault tolerance than ordinary systems.
Tier-IV data centers are touted for complete fault tolerance but are rather expensive. Tier III systems are generally the go-to for companies as they are not only fault tolerant, but also comparatively economical.
Cloud hosting is similar to any other hosting except that in this type of hosting you host your website through a cloud server instead of a conventional physical-disk server.
Firstly, cloud servers are more economical than any other servers out there (except shared servers, obviously). Secondly, clouds can be accessed from anywhere as long as you have a working internet connection. So you do not get tied down to a fixed location to work on your server.
Finally, cloud servers are provider-managed, so you need not worry about setting up and configuring your server, and so clouds can be scaled up (upgraded) in a snap.
Because cloud companies establish several layers of security, these days, cloud servers are as secure as any other server. Cloud hosting like ours has a stash of security tools that lets you have a reliable and carefree server experience.
Cloud data centers that are tier III & above have multiple redundant components and back up data to multiple locations.
Absolutely. Cloud vendors take little interest in your data and are also bound by the T & Cs of the work-contract.
Moreover, if you believe the data has been compromised, you can choose to legally sue the vendor and claim a proportionate compensation for the same.
Clouds are classified in several ways; however, classification based on the service-type is the most common as it is easy to remember. Cloud can be of the following types based on the service.
IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service.
As the name suggests, IaaS will rent you an entire cloud infrastructure and is useful in scenarios where you want complete IT infrastructure at your disposal, but cannot financially afford to buy a big setup.
PaaS – Platform as a Service
PaaS is the right choice for web & application developers that need a platform to write codes, and are not very concerned with the controls of the underlying server.
SaaS – Software as a Service
SaaS is the most widely adopted service with clouds primarily because one does not need any application software. SaaS is accessed through a browser or through an online portal and is either completely enterprise or completely individual-oriented service.
A cloud server is a virtualized pool of servers. Means, a number of servers are pooled together to act as a single virtual server.
On the contrary, each conventional server in a data center is treated as a separate stand-alone machine, and not as a pool.
Absolutely, you can configure your cloud server hosting to your requirements. It is possible to expand or shrink your setup on demand.
The cost is not fixed and varies in accordance with the service/configuration you have chosen. You can choose to receive your bills every month or subscribe for a yearly plan.
Yes, you can. Though technically it is not an ‘upgrade’ but migration.
In migration, your data is moved to a new server and connections are disconnected and established concurrently between old and new servers respectively without downtime.