‘The Cloud’ is a term that people hear a lot nowadays. We live in an era where technology and access to fast internet mean that cloud services have finally taken off in a big way. From smartphones to office workstations, everyone is taking advantage of it in some way. As a technology, it has various advantages. This makes it important for business organizations and companies to find good cloud solutions for various aspects of their business.
One of the many types of services offered under the cloud solutions umbrella is cloud storage. In simple terms, it is usually an online, always on, storage solution for data and content. Some of the major cloud hosting solutions are listed here.
Amazon Cloudfront: It’s a web service for content delivery. It is integrated with other Amazon services so that the developers and businesses can easily distribute the content to the end users with low discontinuation, high data transfer speeds, and no commitments.
Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service): Amazon S3 is storage for the internet so that the web-scale computing can be made easier for the developers. It offers a simple web services interface that is used to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere and anytime on the internet. It uses its own global network of websites for proper functioning.
Flexiscale: It allows the users to mix dedicated and virtual servers according to their need and they can also launch as many as virtual boxes from their web control panel. The images include various characteristics of Windows and Linux. It offers up to 8GB of RAM and new details can be launched instantly. Users have to pay only for what they use and there is no minimum contract length.
GoGrid: GoGrid offers the users the ability to set up instant, on-demand servers with ‘control in the cloud’ features inbuilt. The servers are both windows and Linux based and they can be launched instantly through the web interface via numerous offered server image configurations.
Google App Engine: Google App Engine allows app developers to host their applications on Google servers for free. If the applications are going beyond the free quota, they can pay for the additional usage but they have to only pay for what they use. It involves the support of only two officially supported languages such as Python and Java, but developers can work around for PHP and other languages.