Feb 222016
 

Cloud Webhosting includes virtually available clustered servers called Clouds to allow you to host all aspects of your website. This has an added advantage of providing balanced load, security and usage of hardware resources as per requirement. 

Why Cloud Hosting?

Cloud hosting is a relatively new term that has gained immense popularity especially in the business sector. It allows a perfect workflow and is highly flexible, safe, cost effective and scalable. The best features of Cloud includes:

  • Scalability for resources as your business grows.

  • Least waiting time if additional resources are required.

  • Save money by paying for only features you use.

  • Flexibility on space demands.

  • Accessibility from anywhere at any time.

  • One of the cheapest storage options.

  • Increased security for confidential files.

  • Less energy wastage, thus promoting green technology.

  • It offers better stability

Building Your Cloud Website

With so many advantages, Cloud Web hosting is worth a try for small and big businesses alike. If your website has low traffic, you might use Cloud without spending a penny because you get 1 GB free storage space for hosting images, web pages or other files with 1 GB bandwidth per day. 

Here is a guide on hosting your website on Cloud.

  1. Build infrastructure

First you need to create server, connect and install Apache to make it a web server. To create a cloud server, follow these steps.

  • Login to Cloud Control panel using your username and password.

  • Allocate appropriate name to your Cloud server which denotes its role and purpose of hosting.

  • Choose a Flavor which denotes the size of the server such as CPU, RAM or hard drive. There is a free 1GB General Flavor for small businesses that want to save money.

  • There are numerous other controls as well for customized websites as per your requirement.

  • Click on Create Server and copy the Root Admin Password displayed for later use.

  • Re-check if you did everything right. It might take less or more time depending on your selections of image and flavor.

  • Copy public IP address from the Network section of servers view.

  • Connect to the server using SSH command in the terminal.app for Mac OS X or use PuTTY SSH for Windows computer. First time connections are verified by the computer which could be typed ‘yes’ and entered.

  • Type or paste the password you copied earlier and get connected to server.

2. Install Apache

Enter ‘apt-get install apache2 –y’ command to install Apache. Once it is done, test it and enter the IPv4 address of cloud server in your web browser. A message confirms that your server is installed on Cloud.

3. Upload the code

Upload your site using File Transfer Protocol (FTP). There are many popular and free FTP service providers you could choose from. Upload the HTML file in the appropriate directory

4. Test your website

After you upload the right HTML file to the right directory, just refresh the browser. Your website will be ready. 

 Posted by at 10:02
Feb 102016
 

There has been a sudden spike in the use of Hybrid Cloud and there are definite reasons that are driving this increase in use. Cloud users, Cloud service providers and industry stakeholders have the following benefits to report that are boosting the use of Hybrid Cloud:

  1. Making Backup and Recovery less expensive:

Downtimes are common in data centres. While some of the reasons are temporary, some others are permanent and catastrophic. Downtimes and outages can be disastrous for any company and cause additional costs. Having a backup and DR plan in place is what several companies are looking for but that too comes at a cost. This is where Hybrid Cloud comes in. It makes backup, recovery and DR plans less expensive and allows companies to obtain cheaper and standby resources for a minimal amount. If your company has staff and time limitations, cloud services provide you with managed backup and recovery solutions as their standard offering. Hybrid Cloud also helps to improve the overall efficiency of a DR plan and can execute a no-downtime environment for companies who simply cannot afford even the slightest amount of downtime.

  1. Innovation without added costs:

While every company would love to have consistent research and development at work, additional costs of gear, more people and time required for researching, buying and maintaining the new IT infrastructure is not what everybody could plan to do. In cloud environments it is possible to prototype new applications and services, deploy them and measure them for success. This is the advantage of a cloud environment; no long-term commitments, perfect environment to research and a constant drive to stay ahead in a highly competitive marketplace.

  1. Keeping the IT industry on the go:

Successful IT service deliveries require uncompromised agility. There are innumerable unforeseen problems like outages, downtimes, hacks, lost/corrupted data, transitions that totally cripples the effectiveness of IT departments. How does Hybrid Cloud help here? It has the benefits of scalability, flexibility, speed to market and tremendous cost-effectiveness. These qualities help the IT departments to be agile and on the go. Responding to last minute changes and needs has got way easier for them.

  1. The benefit of scalability:

You can have unlimited resources at your on-demand disposal with the help of hybrid cloud. If you need to tether on-prem to the specific cloud resources you need at a moment in time, you can do that with a hybrid cloud implementation. Implementing automation rules can instantly help you to procure future resources whenever you need them.

  1. Making time more productive:

Your company might take ages to deploy new infrastructure that you have bought using traditional methods. It might take anytime between 30-90 days. As soon as you set up your hybrid cloud, you can instantly access your cloud resources. This faster speed to market comes in quite handy. Taking new digital products to the market is no longer a time-consuming and delayed procedure. Hybrid cloud can also help faster beta-to-production migration while keeping the risks away.

If you liked this article you also might want to read our other article: Cloud Storage Security: Is This Safe For Businesses?

 Posted by at 12:47
Feb 042016
 

Amazon Vs Rackspace

Amazon (AWS) is a huge cloud company that needs no introduction. It has surpassed all cloud providers in every way and will continue to do well in the future. With new data centers popping up around the world and a massive governmental contract with the United States makes it a very tough competitor to beat. Given the fact that AWS dominates cloud is a reason they must be considered by all small businesses for their cloud solution. Rackspace on-the-other-hand is a smaller based cloud provider that uses API. Rackspace challenges AWS on a few levels which makes it an ideal cloud service provider to compare AWS with.

What Your Startup Needs Are

First, evaluating what a startup needs is the only way a business can figure out which cloud to go with. Questions like:

  • How much storage will the startup need?

  • What is the budget?

  • What are the expectations on performance?

Secondly, a startup needs to consider what kind of performance they will likely get from the cloud. Rackspace is a variable performance cloud. This means that one client may need 12GB of space and another only 6GB of space, but the client with the most storage needed gets the storage space first and the performance is better. This may not be a better solution for a startup that requires very little cloud space yet needs to have optimal performance. AWS has a dedicated platform that doesn’t differentiate between the biggest requirements. AWS makes it fair and equal in the performance category.

The All Mighty Dollar: Costs

Large businesses like IBM and GE are using AWS, but for good reason, they are big companies that can afford AWS’ prices and demand huge space. Startups need to consider the price. It may not be necessary to spend a lot of money for cloud and still get award winning Block Storage that Rackspace offers that is comparable to AWS’ Elastic Block Storage.

Rackspace is charging .10 cents for 1 GB Storage and AWS is .14 cents per 1 GB storage up to 1TB. This means Rackspace is cheaper by a few cents. AWS has many options and prefers bulk purchase for a term of a few years. This is when it may not be ideal for a startup as they will want to have spot charges over flat rate. If the startup is using platforms like SQL or MySQL expect additional charges to be incurred.

Conclusion

AWS for startups is the best way to go even though the price is a few cents more. The fact that AWS has the best performance for the cost is best for a startup to avoid any issues. Also, when a company grows there is no need to switch only jumping from one pricing tier to the next. This will save a company a lot of down time when making changes. Rackspace does provide smaller companies with the same excellent cloud space if they are not planning for large growth or they will use less space than they had originally planned for. If a startup is heavily app based Rackspace is better.

 Posted by at 20:24
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