Into the Clouds with Top Hosting CenterMarch 4th, 2010 by Michael Kwan
You could take the route of traditional hosting, whether it be shared or a dedicated server. Alternatively, you could try the cloud-based hosting of Top Hosting Center. Over the course of this review, we’ll take a look at their various services, features, and price points.
Four Ways to Get into the Cloud
You can tell that Top Hosting Center has its focus placed squarely on the business market, but I see no reason why a casual personal user couldn’t use their services as well. The key advantage to cloud-based hosting is that your data is distributed across several servers; by doing so, you’re supposed to enjoy greater uptime and better reliability. If there’s a hardware failure on one server, your site can still be live. That’s not the case with traditional hosting.
There are four main services offered, each with their respective strengths and weaknesses: cloud shared hosting, cloud sites, cloud servers, and cloud storage.
These range considerably in price and scope, of course, so you’ll need to choose accordingly. For each of these, you can click on the “learn more” link to access additional information about what each of these entail.
Sharing the Cloud with Others
If you want the most affordable web hosting, then you’ll likely be looking at the cloud shared hosting. This is equivalent to regular shared hosting, except your sites would be spread out over several servers in the cloud.
For the shared hosting, the cheapest option is $4.95 a month and it provides you with just 500MB of storage. If you’re going to host any multimedia, 500MB probably won’t cut the mustard. The small bump up to the next package, at $8.95 a month, gets you 10GB of storage instead. Much better.
What Exactly is a Cloud Site?
Looking at the comparison page, a cloud site is similar in scope to the cloud shared hosting, except it has guaranteed high availability (HA), SSH access on all plans, the ability to upload videos, and something called storage area network (SAN) storage. This is supposed to be more reliable with faster throughput.
Not surprisingly, those features come at a premium. Along with more disk storage, you can get unlimited monthly data transfer with the larger cloud site price plan.
Just Another Cloud in the Sky
Without having the ability to take Top Hosting Center out for a proper test drive, I can’t say for sure whether it really delivers on its promises. I haven’t tried cloud-based hosting myself, but when major corporations like Amazon rely on it, that’s got to say something.
The pricing seems fair and the range of services is admirable. If you’re looking for a cloud-based solution for your website or company, Top Hosting Center seems like a viable option to consider.
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