What is Grid Hosting?

Grid hosting is a service that provides grid computing capabilities to its clients. Grid computing is the application of multiple computers (or servers) to a problem that requires access to a large number of computing cycles. Much like clustered hosting, grid hosting makes it less likely that a spike in resource needs will take your site offline.

Grid hosting is the process of deploying multiple front-end Web servers in a data center that is managed and monitored by a group of IT specialists employed by the Web hosting company. These front-end Web servers are continuously powered up and connected to the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, all year round. An automated system is implemented into this cluster of front-end Web servers, and this is where the hardware and bandwidth resource usage as well as errors or issues of each front-end Web server are constantly monitored. This in turn allows each front-end Web server to use the hardware and bandwidth resources of other front-end Web servers included in the cluster when required by the websites hosted in the front-end Web server, and in cases where hardware resource failure causes errors or issues in a front-end Web server, the websites hosted in that particular front-end Web server is then given access to the hardware and bandwidth resources of other front-end Web servers included in the cluster. This promotes better reliability. How about scalability, especially when the time comes that you need higher hardware and bandwidth resources?

You can ask the Web hosting company to upgrade your grid hosting account to a grid Web hosting plan that has higher hardware and bandwidth resources. Since your Web hosting package is a grid Web hosting plan, these upgrades can be quickly implemented into your grid hosting account. You can also select the hardware resource upgrades and the amount of bandwidth you want to be added to your grid hosting plan, in direct relation to the needs and demands of your site viewers and administrators. How about data security, stability and privacy?

Back-end data servers are connected to each of these front-end Web servers included in the cluster. These back-end data servers are implemented for the utility of the front-end Web servers to store the data associated to the websites hosted under the front-end Web servers.

An automated system is integrated into these back-end data servers for monitoring the availability of its data storage space. This is implemented to ensure that the data storage space resources of other back-end data servers can be used in case one data server runs low in data storage space, in order to accommodate the data storage space requirements of websites hosted in the front-end Web server where the data server is connected. You can also schedule regular backup copies to be generated by an automated system that’s available in your grid hosting account control panel, so your databases and website files can be restored or retrieved in case of data loss and corruption due to accidental data deletions or incorrect syntax integration done by your website viewers and administrators. The backup copies of your databases and website files can then be stored in the back-end data servers connected to these front-end Web servers for safekeeping, especially since these back-end data servers are not connected to the Internet, thereby making the front-end Web servers a formidable line of defense against unauthorized or illegitimate access by bots, scripts, hackers and spammers.

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