There are a lot of buzz words that you will hear all of the time in the tech community.
These are certain words that people think are important for a tech product so they make sure that the word is attached to every product that they deliver to customers.
In the mid to late 90’s, the buzz word was Linux.
In the early 2000’s the buzz word was .net and XML.
The buzz word of the moment right now is cloud services.
I am sure that you have heard this phrase used in a tech commercial on TV or in a magazine.
It is the word that is getting people’s attention these days when they are shopping for a tech product.
But the question that we have before us is a simple one.
Is the phrase just hype or is it really a useful service?
In this article I will talk about how you can use the cloud to make sure that your web site is secured from the bad guys on the internet.
This can happen in several different ways so I will go over a couple.
What Is The “Cloud” Exactly?
When you are talking about the cloud on the web, you are actually talking about a simple to understand service.
Yes, sometimes when you talk about a buzz word, there can be several sections that are hard to get your head around it.
That was the case for the early .Net initiative.
But, with the cloud, it is actually not that hard at all.
The cloud is a web service that is on the internet.
This means that instead of doing the work like you would normally do on the desktop, you instead are using a service that is on the server and it is getting done on there instead.
There are several reasons why people do this.
First of all, it is easier to have a server store your data.
The reason why it is easier is because just by using a browser and login credentials, you are able to access the data anywhere that you are.
This means that if you have a financial web sheet that you need to access for work, you will be able to work on it from anywhere that you are at.
For example, Google offer a service where you can use the equivalent of Microsoft Office on the web.
They offer a Word editor, a spreadsheet, and a PowerPoint like app.
By using this service, you would be able to work on the dataset while you are on the train ride home by using your phone.
When you got home and logged into the computer, all of your data will be waiting for you.
All you now have to do is to log into the server.
The data is ready to be serviced just like you were doing on the train.
So now the question is, how can a service like this make you safer?
How Can The “Cloud” Make My Web Site Safer?
When you create a web site you are most likely using the normal server client model.
This means that you either buy your own machine or you rent one from a web server provider.
Most of the time, you are in charge of the maintenance that goes on with the server itself.
This is especially true if you have dedicated or VPS hosting, which most large web sites do.
You can get managed hosting but that turns out to be a lot more expensive.
With the cloud, you are placing your web site on an infrastructure that has many things already built in for you.
Your web site now becomes a web service like we were discussing before.
You will have a daily back up, malware scans, and a fault redundant service just in case anything goes wrong.
This means that if your web site is attacked by the bad guys then the server that they are attacking will most likely go down.
But instead of people not being able to access your web site, they will instead be switched over to another server that has your data.
The “cloud” has several servers that will hold an updated copy of your data at the same time.
It is built to withstand any one of the servers going down at any time and the best thing about it is that the backup servers are not on site.
This means that whatever is affecting that one server will not affect the others.
As you can see, if you have your web site built on a cloud server then you will be prepared for the time when the bad guys start trying to knock on your door.
Your site will be ready to withstand them by using a backup technology that allows the load on the server to be distributed from one location to another.