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What the difference between a shared host and a cloud server.

I have a url http://domain.com and with a shared host, easly I have FTP details where I can upload everything on the server. Is is the same with cloud server or is it the same as amazon Cloudfront where you haven't got FTP details etc?

What are the differences in terms of speed?

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marked as duplicate by Nick, Su', John Conde Oct 11 '11 at 11:47

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The files on domain.com live on one physical machine whereas on Cloudfront they live on many servers around the world. When someone gets a file from Cloudfront comes from the nearest server to them. So it is designed to be quicker for the user.

I've answered your question about Cloudfront, but Amazon's other cloud services do different things, so if you want to know about the difference between those services, and a shared host then it's best to ask other questions.

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