Guest Blog: The Beauty Of Cloud Server Hosting For Web Applications

This is a guest blog written by Jeremy Friedman from Greenwing Solutions, a web design and development firm. Greenwing Solutions is part of the HOSTING Cloud Crew Partner Program.

When building a website, web application, or intranet, our development team uses a checklist of best practices such as cross-site scripting vulnerabilities, SQL injection protection, and password hashing.  But the actual coding is only half the story of building a fully scalable web application. After we decide on a programming language and a database, we develop a plan for hosting the application. Is there space on the existing servers?  Are the proper firewalls in place?  Will this solution scale over time?  These are all questions we need to answer to ensure the stability and security of our clients’ applications.

When building a new application our team develops certain infrastructure recommendations, but more often than not we work with a hosting provider to develop a plan. We know the requirements of our application, but what happens when traffic spikes to 5-10x normal levels?  What if the database server slows to a crawl? We can build our applications to scale upward, but the server architecture needs to scale just as fast. We achieve this scalability with cloud server hosting technology from HOSTING.

Over the past few years we’ve seen cloud technology change from a passing fad to a way of life.  These days every web application we build goes onto cloud technology.  By using cloud server hosting we no longer have to worry about running out of memory or disk space, which was always a concern.

For example our team is currently working with an insurance carrier on building an intranet-based document renewal platform. Due to the regulations of the insurance and banking industries the documents need to be stored in perpetuity. The system will start with a few dozen documents, but each renewal cycle will generate hundreds if not thousands of PDF documents that all need to be accessible in a matter of seconds.

Another client started with four physical servers, including two load balanced web servers, one database server, and one document server. When the servers were due for replacement, we recommended simplifying the setup by moving from four physical servers to two cloud servers. The larger cloud-based infrastructure increases stability and reduces the need for load balancing. As more capacity is needed, cloud server hosting allows infrastructure to scale upward in a matter of minutes instead of adding physical memory that requires scheduled downtime.

In both of these cases, cloud server hosting is an integral part of our web application. We’ve worked with HOSTING for years – so long that we remember their original offices on Chapman Road in Newark, Delaware.  They’ve become our go-to resource when developing creative managed cloud hosting solutions for our clients.  We love the fact that we don’t get just one engineer from HOSTING. Instead, we get a team of engineers.  In our years of working with them, I don’t think I’ve ever sat on hold for more than 15 seconds.  It’s the personalized service and the care that we and more importantly our clients get that keeps us working together.

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