What's the Difference Between a Traditional ISP and the Cloud?
Posted on 2015-01-12
I've watched a couple of videos, including the one on the AWS website that provides a quick intro to the "Cloud" and some of the fundamental elements of AWS.
I wanted to run my comprehension of the Cloud past another set of eyes, however, just so I can be certain that I've got a correct understanding.
As I was listening to the presentation, I went back to a situation I had with a client a year ago when it was determined that we needed a dedicated server to host an application we were getting ready to launch.
A dedicated server plan is much more expensive than shared hosting plan and, while the funds were there to cover the costs, as I was listening to the presentation about the Cloud, it seemed like that scenario potentially demonstrated the advantages of the cloud.
With the cloud, you don't have the same kind of physical overhead as you do with something like godaddy. It's more of a virtual resource, but with that dynamic comes the ability to scale your package in ways that a traditional ISP can't do.
So, while I'm sitting here being told that I needed a dedicated server because that was the next tier of Godaddy's product offerings, with the Cloud I may have been able to get something that was more tailored to my specific need as opposed to a blanket kind of solution that, while it did the trick, may very well have been more than I needed.
Is that an accurate understanding of the Cloud, at least from the standpoint of scalability?