The Limits of Unlimited Cloud Hosting


By Tim Brown

Don’t be fooled by Web hosts offering unlimited features. We live in a finite world and there is simply no way we could take advantage of an unlimited supply of domain sites or email addresses, for example. That said, depending on the scope and scale of your business, there are certainly some benefits to unlimited cloud hosting. We’ll run down the most frequently offered features and include examples so you can determine if that unlimited feature will work for you.

Storage. Unlimited cloud storage comes in three forms. Direct attached storage (DAS) is simple, powerful, and flexible memory stored in one dedicated server. A storage area network (SAN) system is easily scalable for business applications. And network attached storage (NAS) is best for enterprise-level file sharing, media sites, and virtualization functions. If your business is expected to mushroom or if you run massive software programs, unlimited storage could be very enticing.

Bandwidth. The bandwidth is the level of data flow for your site. You’ll use bandwidth for uploading and data transfer, but not an unlimited amount. However, for incoming and internal loading, unlimited is ideal. That way, your customers and employees are never inconvenienced.

Domains. With unlimited domains, you can run multiple business sites on one hosting account. You are able to use one control panel to create, modify, and delete domains. That can be a very economical way to manage a number of businesses. But, do you need an unlimited amount?

Email. Having your business name in the domain instead of an email service adds credibility to your organization. With unlimited email accounts, your business has room to grow and you’ll be able to store every message you’ve sent and received. This is another unlimited feature that looks great on paper. But, in practice, it may be more than you’ll ever use.

MySQL. MySQL databases can be run on the cloud in a few different ways. Most commonly, a virtual machine image is an uploaded copy of your existing database. Or, with MySQL as a service, the server will install MySQL for you. Finally, with managed MySQL, the server host will manage your database for you. Depending on your business, an unlimited number of databases may intrigue you.

Backup. Don’t let a file loss or system failure cripple your business. Unlimited cloud backup acts as a contingency plan, of sorts. You can create a backup schedule on your control panel. All of your files will be encrypted for safety and stored away until the next scheduled backup. For large-scale operations, unlimited backups is a no-brainer.

These unlimited features exist in a fixed environment. While the cloud may sound vast and expansive, there are only a certain number of resources to go around. The more resources used to achieve unlimited features, the higher the hosting charges can be. Thoroughly investigate multiple hosting providers until you are confident you have found a solid deal. The last thing you would want is to pay for features you will never use.

Check out our hosting guide to learn more about unlimited cloud hosting and other hosting options for your online project.

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