Finding a reliable host for your website can be a difficult task, especially for those site owners who are not technically savvy. Also, there are many variables to consider before finalizing a host like hosting types (Shared, Dedicated, VPS, Cloud, etc.), type of plan, cost, provider, etc. Further, to make things more complicated, all providers seem to offer similar features and benefits. In such a landscape, it is important to understand certain aspects of web hosting that you must include in your hosting plan. Today, we are going to look at Cloud Hosting services and data mirroring as an important feature of the same.
What is Cloud Hosting?
As the name suggests, Cloud Hosting is one of the most popular forms of web hosting based on Cloud architecture. In Cloud Hosting, the resources that are needed to run the website like the CPU and RAM are divided and distributed among multiple servers. These servers collectively form the Cloud.
Data Mirroring and Cloud Hosting
Among others, preventing loss of data ranks high in the list of priorities for a website owner. There can be many reasons behind data loss including hacking, device failures, security breaches, and at times – human error.
Now, most Cloud Hosting providers speak about resources being distributed across multiple servers. While this ensures that the threat of your website going down is reduced to a great extent, it does not mitigate the risk of data loss. Therefore, Cloud Hosting providers who prioritize the prevention of data loss, setup data mirroring across the network.
What is Data Mirroring?
In simple words, Data Mirroring is creating and maintaining redundant copies of a database – it is the act of copying data from one location to another in real-time. This ensures that at least one viable copy of the database is available at all times. Data mirroring helps in recovering data after any sort of disaster.
Many Cloud Hosting providers employ advanced storage architectures like Ceph Storage which offers a 3N level of redundancy. Ceph is a distributed storage system which does not have a single point of failure and is scalable to the exabyte level. It does not require any specific hardware support and is fault-tolerant. Further, its self-healing properties minimize administration, time, and other costs. With data mirroring, Cloud Hosting providers ensure that you mitigate any risk of data loss which can adversely affect your website and reputation.
By now you understand the importance of data mirroring in preventing data loss. When you are looking for a host for your website, ask the provider about the steps taken by him to prevent loss of data. If the provider employs advanced storage architecture like Ceph Storage, then you can be assured that you will not lose your site’s data due to any disaster. Remember, your website is probably the first interaction between you and a prospective customer. While you can deploy multiple security tools to ensure the safety of your website, data mirroring can add an additional cushion ensuring that your data is available at all times.